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Thursday, November 17, 2011

Scheduling update: Are others asking about the new class scheduling policy?

If others in your department are curious or confused about the new class scheduling policy, you may direct them to the new class scheduling policy summary and FAQ. The following information might also be helpful to share:

  • The new policy was developed using the principles of fair-use of resources. It aims to:
    • reduce classroom demand for certain days and times
    • increase scheduling flexibility for departments
    • ensure reasonable class access for students
  • There is no requirement to schedule classes at a particular time, just that they need to be more evenly distributed through the day and week.
  • The Class Scheduling Distribution Summary is a tool that illustrates the class demand of a department or college. Anybody with an Internet ID and password can access the tool.
Read the rest of this update, featuring information about ECS period 1, how to find the Class Scheduling Distribution Summary, and final exam scheduling, or view the scheduling update archive.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Hotline holiday hours - November 23-25

Due to the University's Thanksgiving holiday, the Classroom Support Hotline will operate with the following hours on November 23-25:

Wednesday, November 23: 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Thursday, November 24: Closed
Friday, November 25: Closed

Messages left on the Hotline voicemail will be monitored (and responded to as necessary) while the Hotline is closed. The Hotline will return to regular operating hours on Monday, November 28.

The Classroom Support Hotline operates at 612-625-1086. Happy Thanksgiving!

Friday, November 4, 2011

Scheduling U 2011 presentations

Scheduling U 2011 has finished its three-week run. Sessions were well attended and created useful discussions. Click on the links below to review presentations.

We are already looking forward to next year and want to continue to make the sessions useful for you. If you have suggestions for topics or improvements, email ocmsched@umn.edu.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Scheduling update: Last chance for Scheduling U

In order to ensure that instructors will be able to access their grade rosters online, please review all of your fall 2011 courses and make sure the correct instructor is assigned to each course that will require grades.

To determine if you have courses still requiring instructor assignment, review "Classes Missing Instructor Information" in UM Reports. The data in this report can be sorted by:

  • campus
  • college
  • department name & dept ID
  • subject
  • number of courses missing instructors

Read the rest of this update, featuring news about Scheduling U, information about scheduling finals, and upcoming important dates, or view the scheduling update archive.