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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Confirm room assignments for spring semester

Room assignments for spring 2015 (1153) are available on the Class Schedule. Please review assignments for your department to ensure all classes requiring a general purpose classroom have been assigned. If a class does not need a classroom assignment, please notify ocmsched@umn.edu.

OCM finds a general purpose classroom only for classes with a blank Facility ID in ECS. If the Facility ID field is populated, OCM will not actively look for a classroom for your class. This includes being populated with a virtual space, such as ROOM000TBA or AHCROOMTBA.

Room assignments are subject to change prior to the start of the term. While this usually only affects a small number of classes, OCM encourages instructors to verify their classroom assignment before the first class meeting.

What's happening to the reports you use to do your job?

Some changes are coming to reports as a result of the PeopleSoft upgrade. Many reports will look and feel the same as they do now, but some will be altered or retired completely (see the list of reports and their dispositions). Additionally, all available reports will be accessed from one, consolidated location: the Reporting Center. Email esup@umn.edu if you have any questions about the new Reporting Center or for more information about the fate of a specific report.

Fall final exam room scheduling to begin soon

Fall 2014 final exam room scheduling will begin soon. OCM only schedules final exams for classes that meet in general purpose classrooms. Final exams for classes that meet in departmental space need to be scheduled within the department.

Email ocmsched@umn.edu with any course sections that do not require a classroom during finals week. Use "Fall 2014 Final Exam" for the subject line and the course and section number(s) in the body.

Summer 2015 ECS period 1 opens Tuesday, September 23

Electronic Course Scheduling (ECS) in PeopleSoft will be available Tuesday, September 23 for May/summer 2015 (1155) class schedule production. The following resources for scheduling summer session courses are available:

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Save the dates for Scheduling U

All schedulers are encouraged to attend Scheduling U this fall to learn about new information regarding scheduling. Sessions will be held October 27-31, 2014. Offerings will take place on both Minneapolis and St. Paul campuses. More details will be announced soon.

Summer classroom renovations and updates

Several general purpose classrooms received environment or technology updates during the summer, including the following:

  • Video conferencing classrooms: Magrath 4, Peik 165, and Peters 145 were upgraded to full video conferencing and class capture capabilities.

  • Major renovations: Amundson B75, Smith 231 & 331, and Blegen 415, 425, and 435, received new furniture, finishes, and lighting updates.

  • Technology feature upgrades were completed in more than 50 rooms. Room features can be found on the room inventory page.

    • Improvements include: wide-screen video projectors, HDMI input cables, and class capture output connections.

  • Study spaces added: the Keller Atrium and Humphrey 50 were added to the inventory and completely renovated. New fixtures include display monitors and tables for individual study and small group work.

  • Classroom hotline enhanced: the OCM hotline was aligned with University-wide support services and expanded the hours of availability for technology services. The phone number remains the same (612-625-1086), and callers will be prompted to select from a menu of options.Technology calls will be routed to a team of support professionals who are available 24 hours a day.

Preview Session Dates

The dates for student systems preview sessions for the PeopleSoft upgrade have been announced! These hour-long sessions will paint the training picture for those needing to maintain access to the "campus solutions" area of PeopleSoft. Attendees will learn about required training and how to access other training resources. There will also be demonstrations of the new MyU, the new Faculty Center, the new Advisor Center, and key processes (e.g., permission numbers, batch processing of service indicators and student groups, academic standing).

2015-16 Scheduling Production Calendar

The 2015-16 ECS/CCS Production Calendar is now available. You may add the Production Calendar directly to your Google calendar. With this option, you can be sure that important scheduling dates are always available.