Guidelines for Using SPARK

Each SPARK module addresses a specific topic and includes a number of resources that can be used either in tandem with the module or independently. Section 6 of Teaching with SPARK describes these resources and possible independent uses for them. The remaining slides of this section address the content of each of the SPARK modules and offer suggestions for when and how full modules might be introduced in a course.

In general it is wise to assess what skills are most central to successful completion of your course and match these against the content of the SPARK modules. Some courses will benefit from attention to all the modules, while others – for example, one with no expectation for library research – might focus on a smaller selection of the modules.


SPARK is comprised of thirteen modules categorized into three areas: Getting Started, Exploring, and Pulling It Together. The following slides address the modules within each of these categories.