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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...
  • About Class Overview/Textbooks  Federal law requires publication of information about required and recommended textbooks for each class in the Schedule of Classes. The purpose of the law is to help students better understand and manage this specific educational expense. Read more about the...
  • 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...
  • Download class rosters as Excel files (.xls format), then work with the information in spreadsheet format. In the SPIRE Menu, go to Faculty Home > Download Class Rosters. On the Download Class Roster page, click Select to the left of the roster you want to download. Note: You can...
  • 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...
  • Use SPIRE to find out the date, time, and location of all your final exams. Final exam information is available only if: A class requires you to take a final exam. Some classes may have other requirements such as a final paper, etc. - and - The class has the final exam scheduled in SPIRE...
  • UMass Amherst faculty, instructors, and staff use Amazon CourseMaterials to adopt textbooks or other materials. Adoptions display in SPIRE to help students budget and to provide them with direct links to rent or purchase the materials they will need for their classes. Students can retrieve a list...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • SPIRE provides you with several options for viewing your Class Schedule: In the SPIRE Menu: Go to Student Home > Student Center. Your Student Center includes your schedule for the current week. Go to Student Home > Class Schedule. The My Class Schedule page lists all the classes...
  • Class rosters are available in UMetrx to UMass staff who have security clearance to access them. How to View Class Rosters in UMetrx: Access to departmental class rosters in UMetrx and SPIRE is usually part of SPIRE A academic records access. If you do not have SPIRE A access and think you need...
  • General UMetrx F.A.Q. Where do I go to log in to UMetrx? If you have UMetrx access, go to the UMetrx sign in screen, or click UMetrx on the SPIRE logon page. What ID and password should I use to log in to UMetrx? Use your NetID and password to log in to UMetrx. How frequently is UMetrx...
  • View Class Rosters Using SPIRE Staff with SPIRE B access, learn more about using SPIRE to view your department's class rosters. In the SPIRE Menu go to Class Rosters & Reports > View Class Rosters. On the View Class Rosters search page, the institution field value defaults to UMass...
  • Use SPIRE to get a list of the textbooks and other materials you will need for your classes for the current term. Information about what you need to buy or rent is available only if the instructor has entered the information in Amazon CourseMaterials. The Textbook Summary gives you information only...
  • What Is UMetrx? UMetrx is the UMass Amherst data warehouse reporting environment. Use UMetrx to run various reports, depending on your access. For example, SPIRE A and SPIRE B users can view and download class rosters in UMetrx. Access Access to departmental class rosters in UMetrx is part...