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  • Introduction Instructors, the Faculty Center provides you with a single, personalized point of access to your teaching schedule, including any class and grade rosters. You can view your teaching information for the current term or look at information for other terms (if applicable). You can...
  • What's New for Class Overview/Textbooks? Books not yet chosen option, read more....If you want to indicate that your posting of your books/class materials information is in progress, or if your department has not yet assigned an instructor to a class, use the new "books not yet chosen" option....
  • Essential Information Navigation: From the Faculty Center, Click the Class Roster icon () for the desired class. The Faculty Center is the home page for instructors in SPIRE. Alternate menu navigation is Faculty Home > Faculty Center. Check the term: The Faculty Center displays your...
  • About Your Class and Final Exam Schedules Students and instructors, update your calendars with your class and final exam schedules! Download your class and/or final exam schedules from SPIRE, then import them into your preferred calendaring tool (e.g., Apple iCal, Google Calendar, Microsoft...
  • The Emergency Contacts page lists the name, address, and telephone number of the individual(s) who should be contacted on your behalf in case of an emergency. Because SPIRE is the primary source of information for most offices on campus (including the UMass Police), it is important that you add...
  • Grade rosters become available in the latter part of the term, about three weeks before grades are due for the Fall and Spring terms.  For Summer and Winter term grade roster availability, see the Continuing & Professional Education Academic Calendar.   Grade rosters have four possible statuses...
  • How do I log on to SPIRE? Go to the SPIRE Logon page. Log on with your NetID (IT Account user name) and password. More about the NetID and password... What if I forget my ID or password? If you know your NetID but forget your password, use the Password & NetID Help link on the SPIRE...
  • Use The Instructor's Guide to Information Security to learn more about FERPA (the Family Educational Rights & Privacy Act) and related security issues that arise in instructional contexts. FERPA is the federal law that protects the confidentiality of student records. Our materials provide a...
  • About Class Email Lists SPIRE allows you to create email lists for the classes you are teaching each term (including summer and winter sessions). Use these lists to send announcements to your students or to set up discussions on course-related topics. Use SPIRE to create, refresh, and delete...
  • If you choose to publish your syllabi online, the best strategy is to create a new folder in UDrive that you share with the public. Once that UDrive folder is in place, you can upload or move any syllabus into it and then simply copy-and-paste the link to the newly published document. This method...
  • Learn more about the different name types that SPIRE stores and how you can update them. To view the names you have on file with the University: In the SPIRE Menu, go to My Personal Information > Names. The Names page opens, listing your names by type. Student Primary Name The Primary Name is...
  • FERPA Certificate Do you want to see photos on your Class Rosters in SPIRE? Class Rosters with photos are available to all instructors who complete the online FERPA quiz.  If you are an advisor and advisees have been assigned to you, you will be able to see their photos as well. Note: Photos...
  • Enter Grades in SPIRE On your Faculty Center check that your teaching schedule for the term for which you want to enter grades appears under My Schedule. If you see your teaching schedule for another term click the change term button. Select the term from the list for which you want to enter...
  • Moodle is a widely-used open source learning management system (LMS) used to deliver course content and host online learning activities. It offers tools for instructors to develop, deliver, and administer course materials and activities online.  For more information about Moodle, see our Moodle...