UMass Amherst uses 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.
i>Clicker users: Be careful to...
Sum of credits of classes for which student received a passing grade. Once a repeated class is graded, the credits for the first instance of the class will be deducted from the total. This number appears on the student’s transcript.
On the ARR, credits for the first...
Am I a SPIRE for Staff user?
You are a ‘SPIRE for Staff’ user if you attended SPIRE training for and your current ‘for staff’ profile includes access to at least one of the following:
SPIRE Lite or Super Lite (Limited Academic Records)
SPIRE A (Academic Records)
SPIRE B (Enrollment...
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...
The Course Catalog includes course descriptions, listed by academic department. Because these represent the typical course offerings for a department, not all courses are described in the Catalog. If you cannot find a course description, contact the academic department for more information.
Need to change your IT Account password? Use SPIRE to change your password for all your IT accounts.
Note: If you are an Exchange Email and Calendar user and are in the CAMPUS Domain, changing your password in SPIRE will also change your IT Active Directory/Exchange account password.
Instructors, go to Faculty Home > My Moodle Courses to check the status of your Moodle course requests. Possible status types include:
Requested. A Moodle course has been requested for this class.
Processed. The class creation is in process, but your Moodle course is not ready to...
Class Numbers are 5-digit numbers used as unique identifiers for each class. These numbers change from one term to the next, even for classes with the same course and section numbers.
Multiple-section classes: Each section has its own Class Number (e.g., Physics 101, LEC 01 and Physics 101,...
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...
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 Clearing Cache
"Clearing cache" means deleting what's stored in the browser's memory, including files, cookies, and browsing history.
Clear your browser's cache periodically for security reasons and to improve the performance of SPIRE.
Be sure to clear your browser cache after...
When you use SPIRE to request a Learning Management System (LMS) for your class(es), the list of eligible sections includes only current sections for which you are the Primary Instructor. The list also includes only those sections that are eligible by default to use this LMS. The list does not...
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...
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...
Business/working titles are created by departments to provide more detail about the job responsibilities. These titles are included as part of the job description information. Examples of business/working titles (e.g., Technical Writer, Business Manager, Personnel Administrator...
What is FERPA
FERPA (Family Educational Rights & Privacy Act) does two things: 1) allows current and former students access to their own educational records and 2) ensures the privacy of their records. All University employees are legally and ethically obligated to protect the...
Navigation: From the SPIRE Main Menu, go to Faculty Home > Grade Change.
To avoid losing your work: click Save Pending Requests every 15 minutes.
Restrictions: You may use SPIRE to change INC, NR, Y, or '__' (blank) grades to valid grades only for classes...
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...