SPARK supports teaching. Academic literacies are best learned in the context of courses
Add the SPARK website or links to specific modules to your course outlines to encourage
student learning in the concepts and skills required to complete an academic paper.
Available online, students can review modules on their own time and just in time to work on
assignments. With your assistance and support, students can easily access these self-
directed modules created to help them better understand the expectations of higher
The SPARK site map links directly to topics and resources available and each module lists
its learning objectives. All module resources are designed to be printed and used as
worksheets and exemplars. In total, SPARK offers 1.5 hours of interactive eLearning written
by teams of university faculty.
SPARK is a York University site, and all links within the site lead to York University
resources, content, call numbers and suggested tools. Since the concepts and skills utilized
on the site are widely practiced and applied in the higher education environment, other
institutions can access SPARK through the Creative Commons license.
Click the button below to review a short module designed specifically for faculty called
“Teaching with SPARK.” It describes each of the SPARK modules and their associated
resources, indicates the skills they are designed to facilitate, and provides tips on how the
modules and resources might be used in a course. You will also find instructor’s guides
created for each SPARK resource suggesting how to use the resource along with
associated evaluation and customization options.