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.
UMass Amherst uses Amazon CourseMaterials to adopt textbook and other course materials. Those who need to adopt course materials use a special Amazon account to list items students will need to purchase or rent for any given class. They can still use SPIRE's Class Overview/Textbooks page to provide special instructions, class overview, or a link to a syllabus.
Use your NetID and password to log in to the Amazon CourseMaterials site. Note that the Class Overview/Textbooks page in SPIRE features a permanent link to the site. Access Class Overview/Textbooks using the navigation in Step 1:Select a Class below if you do not have a direct link to the site.
The Amazon CourseMaterials site provides you with self-help materials and with contact information for their technical support staff.
After you adopt course materials in Amazon, allow up to 24 hours for your entries to appear in SPIRE. You do not need to do anything special to ensure that your items will be displayed properly in SPIRE.
For instructors, in the SPIRE Menu, go to Faculty Home > Class Overview/Textbooks. The Class Overview - Select Class page opens. Select the class you want. Make sure to check the term associated with the class, as both current and future term classes may appear in your selection list.
For designated department staff, in the SPIRE Menu, go to Course Maintenance > Schedule of Classes > Class Overview/Textbooks. Search for the class you want. Make sure to include the term in your search criteria.
If you want a convenient and quick method to post information online, consider using UDrive. Learn more about using UDrive to publish information online.
Note: Do not post URLs to information posted in Moodle. Information posted in Moodle becomes available to students only after they enroll in the class and only at the start of the term.
Avoid potential problems with SPIRE timing out and losing your work. We recommend that you save at least every 10-15 minutes while entering information on the Class Overview/Textbooks page. Save as often as you like, but always save before exiting or you will lose your work. Find the yellow Save button at the bottom of the page.
Designated department staff who can enter books/materials data can use the Textbook Queries that are available in SPIRE. The queries provide a quick way to monitor the status of textbook data-entry for a department's entire list of class offerings.