Newly enhanced classroom support hotline

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The Office of Classroom Management (OCM) hotline has been enhanced to align with University-wide support services and has expanded the hours of availability for technology services. While the phone number will remain the same (612-625-1086), callers will be prompted to select from a menu of options that allow you to reach the support staff who are best able to meet your needs.

Technology calls will be routed to a team of support professionals who are available 24 hours a day. OCM support staff remain available for all other classroom and scheduling-related calls from 7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m., Monday - Friday.

CTS earns AMX Innovation Award

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ASR's Classroom Technical Services (CTS) recently earned an AMX Innovation Award for its collaboration practices in higher education. The award category required submissions to address how technology was used to foster collaboration through a distributed video application, video conferencing, or other specialized audio-visual installation. You can view the full list of finalists on the AMX Innovation Awards website.
The University of Minnesota will partner with Ad Astra to host a regional Astra Schedule Summit on July 23, 2014 on the Twin Cities campus. More details are available on the North Central Region Ad Astra Google site.

Spring 2015 (1153) scheduling

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Room assignments for spring 2015 (1153) will be available on the Class Schedule when ECS period 3 opens on May 22. The Scheduling Unit is still working on placing many classes during the busiest times of day and as classes continue to be added to the schedule. Room assignments are subject to change prior to the start of term as we work to accommodate all class activity.

Beginning on May 22, you can make updates to class information (cancel, change, or add). Please note: changes made to meeting times, enrollment capacities, and requested room capacities will result in the loss of the classroom assignment. Please consult with the Scheduling Unit if you are adding classes during peak times to ensure that a room will be available.

Room assignments for summer 2014 (1145)

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General purpose classroom assignments for summer 2014 are available on the One Stop Class Schedule. Review assignments for your department to ensure all classes requiring a general purpose classroom have been assigned a room.

Course Guide retirement

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As part of the Enterprise Systems Upgrade Program (ESUP), it was decided that Course Guide will be retired. The new alternative will allow faculty to include a URL in the Class Notes section of Faculty Center. This URL can link to a course website or other public location where students can access information about the course; this link can be updated at any time during the term by the faculty member or by the department scheduler directly in the Collaborative Class Scheduling pages. You can view a Sneak Peek of the new Faculty Center on the ESUP news blog. Once a link has been created, students will see it in the Class Search results under Class Notes.

Before ESUP goes live, Course Guide will remain available to students. It is important to note, however, that the information included in Course Guide now will not automatically be transferred to Class Notes.

If you have questions regarding the retirement of Course Guide or the new Faculty Center, please contact Director of Academic Records Ingrid Nuttall.

Summer projects impacting classroom availability

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From lighting updates to furniture replacements to technology upgrades, general purpose classrooms and study spaces often receive a refresh during the summer months. Project teams and technicians will be busy this summer working on learning spaces in multiple buildings. To learn more about Office of Classroom Management (OCM) projects, visit the OCM projects web page.

Summer schedule for Scheduling Update

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Scheduling Update will be taking a short break during summer. There will be no regularly scheduled Scheduling Updates in June or July. It will resume again on August 6, running on the first and third Wednesday of the month throughout the academic year.

Scheduling Update live a success

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A live, in-person Scheduling Update was held last week. The session was offered concurrently on East Bank, West Bank, and in Saint Paul. It provided:

  • An overview of what the Enterprise Systems Upgrade Program (ESUP) is
  • A sneak peek at what is changing for schedulers (including specific examples of changes to the schedule of classes)
  • What the new production cycle will look like
  • An overview of the training timeline for schedulers
  • An opportunity to ask questions

If you were unable to attend, a recording of the presentation is available. You can also view the presentation slides.

Individual college-level meetings will be held in the future. Details about these meetings will be included in future issues of Scheduling Update.

Student Town Hall meeting

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Attend a town hall meeting on Thursday, May 15 to learn how the Enterprise Systems Upgrade Program (ESUP) will change the way students, faculty, and staff interact with the University. The changes discussed will be implemented in February, 2015 - less than a year away!

This meeting will focus on the student system--a key component of this multi-year effort to upgrade the University's systems and reexamine business processes. It covers admissions, financial aid, student finance, student records, and more. You will hear leaders of our student system talk about the changes and improvements that will happen as result of ESUP. We will also hear from a representative of the new myU portal effort on their progress. There will be time to ask questions or voice concerns about the student systems upgrade effort.