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  • If you teach multiple sections of the same class, or cross-listed classes, you may: Combine all class sections into one Moodle course (this is the most common option used for cross-listed classes). Request a separate Moodle course for each class section. Combine selected class sections...
  • The Faculty Center provides you with a single, personalized point of access to your class information. Use our step-by-step instructions to learn how to manage the display of your teaching schedule, get the most out of your class rosters, enter class overview or textbooks information, create a...
  • Use the MassPirg/Child Care Waiver to remove these fees from your University bill for a given term. Log on to SPIRE. On your Student Center, click the MassPirg/Child Care Waiver link under the Finances heading. The top of the Mass Pirg and Child Care Waiver page displays the current term...
  • Students, go to your Message Center to view secure communications from University offices such as the Registrar's Office or Financial Aid. Choose to hide messages after you read them by clicking the associated Hide link. You can still view messages after they are hidden: choose whether or not...
  • Note: This document is no longer current. It is published for informational purposes. Moodle Reminder UMass Amherst is transitioning all on-campus courses to our new learning management system (LMS), Moodle. SPARK will no longer be used for teaching beginning Spring 2013. We recommend making the...
  • Use SPIRE to Manage Your Directory Information in SPIRE UMass Amherst instructors and staff, use SPIRE to manage your own contact information as it appears in People Finder and the UMass Directory. Employees are responsible for keeping their own information current. In most cases, your changes...
  • 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...
  • Overview As of Saturday, September 22, 2012, the SPIRE Main Menu will be a dropdown menu in a menu bar at the top of your SPIRE pages.  The menu bar always includes Favorites and the Main Menu.  The menu bar also shows the series of submenus (folders) that you selected on the way to the page...
  • The primary user name for your OIT Account, your NetID (OIT Account user name) gives you access to various technology services on campus, including UMail, SPIRE, and the campus network. The NetID is an ID based on your first and/or last name, that you also use to log on to UMail. It is not your...
  • You are not required to publish your syllabi online. If you choose to do so, you can publish them either as outlines or as complete syllabi like those you distribute in class. Use the Online Syllabus or Outline section to enter the Web address (URL) for any online syllabus for the class. Enter the...
  • These pages provide step-by-step instructions for setting up passwords that restrict access to your computer and your documents. Guidelines for creating effective passwords are also included. To learn more about data security, see our Information Security Tips. Password Guidelines Consider...
  • 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...
  • If you have two SPIRE accounts (a.k.a. roles), SPIRE will log you on as an instructor/staff member by default when you use your NetID. To change this default, update your preferences with a preferred and alternate role. Log on to SPIRE (it does not matter which role you choose). In the Main...
  • Essential Information Navigation: From the SPIRE Menu, go to Faculty Home > Print Posted Grade Rosters. Grade rosters contain FERPA-protected information about students! Be sure to take security precautions with grade roster PDF files and printouts. Step-by-Step Instructions From...
  • Tips These printing guidelines may not work for everyone due to the variety of browser versions and settings. Check the SPIRE logon page for supported browsers. Other browsers may work with SPIRE, but we cannot contact the vendor for help with compatibility issues for unsupported browsers...
  • Residential programs that enable first-year undergraduate students to attend classes in small groups in their dormitories. Learn more about Residential Academic Programs.
  • Residential programs that enable undergraduate students to attend classes in small groups in their residence halls. RAP (Residential Academic Programs): Academic learning communities designed to meet the needs of first year students. TAP (Talent Advancement Programs): Residential programs...
  • Advisors, to view existing advising notes, follow the directions below. In SPIRE Menu, go to the Read Advising Note page: Use the SPIRE Menu to navigate to Advising Notes > Advisor > Read Advising Notes. The Read Advising Notes search page opens. On the Read Advising Notes...
  • 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...
  • Note: This document is no longer current. It is published for informational purposes. Reminder: UMass Amherst is transitioning all on-campus courses to our new learning management system (LMS), Moodle. SPARK will no longer be used for teaching beginning Spring 2013. We recommend making the move to...

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