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Roll forward for fall (1159) and spring (1163) semesters

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Class data entered into ECS rolls forward from the same term in the previous year (e.g., fall 2014 to fall 2015) as a convenience to schedulers. We will roll forward the fall 2015 (1159) and spring 2016 (1163) semesters on Monday, October 20. This happens two weeks prior to ECS period 1 opening to allow for data clean-up to take place behind the scenes.

As a reminder, classes with the following criteria will not roll forward:

  • Canceled sections
  • Tentative sections
  • Classes with zero enrollment for the last 2 like-terms (excluding directed studies and research)

Confirm room assignments for spring semester (1153)

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Room assignments for spring 2015 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.

The Office of Classroom Management (OCM) only finds a general purpose classroom for classes with a blank Facility ID in ECS. If the Facility ID field is populated (including virtual spaces such as ROOM000TBA or AHCROOMTBA), OCM will not actively look for a classroom for your class.

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.

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.

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.

Classroom schedule displays

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Thanks to the work of the Academic Support Resources (ASR) web team and Classroom Technical Services (CTS), the Office of Classroom Management (OCM) is again able to post the daily schedule for rooms that have room schedule displays installed. Those include classrooms in the following buildings: Cooke, Folwell, Nicholson, and STSS.


There are no plans to add more displays outside of new classrooms. To view the schedule of a specific general purpose classroom, however, use the General Purpose Classroom Search. Choose the building you are interested in and then select the room name. The room details will appear on the right hand side of the screen. Click on the "Room Schedule" link to bring up the daily calendar for the classroom. If you prefer to see an entire week or month at a time, you can easily switch your view by using the buttons on the upper left-hand corner of the calendar.

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Willey Hall and STSS projects underway

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During the summer, the large motorized partition in Willey Hall 125 and 175 was replaced. Check out photos of the construction and finished product here.


Two classrooms in Science Teaching & Student Services (STSS) are also undergoing a summer project. In order to provide more room for an Active Learning Classroom (ALC), STSS rooms 114 and 118 have been combined. The new room will seat 171 students and offer the same active learning functionality as before. The project will be completed by the start of the fall 2013 semester.

New faculty orientation

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New Faculty Orientation will take place August 20-22. The three days of orientation will introduce faculty to critical information, resources, and support for research, teaching, and outreach efforts. For more information regarding the agenda and online registration, click here.


The Office of Classroom Management (OCM) will also provide an overview of its support and services that is included in faculty orientation materials.

OCM adds more video conferencing classrooms

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In 2011, the Office of Classroom Management (OCM) and the Office of Information Technology (OIT) announced a partnership that added video conferencing capabilities to the classroom technology system in Humphrey Center 25. The partnership was such a success that OIT is transferring three additional video conferencing rooms into OCM's inventory. The new video conferencing classrooms will be used for courses and events beginning fall semester 2013.


The new classrooms include:

  • Magrath 4 (St. Paul)

  • Peters 145 (St. Paul)

  • Peik Hall 165 (East Bank)


A fourth classroom, Peters 155 (St. Paul), will be converted into a general purpose classroom during fall semester and will be ready for spring 2014 courses and events.


Classroom Support Hotline hours to change Feb 4

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Effective Monday February 4, the Classroom Support Hotline will be staffed
7:30 a.m to 4:00 p.m Monday through Friday. Messages left at the Hotline are monitored by an
On-Call Manager for response as appropriate after these hours. You can also
continue to report classroom issues via email at ocmhelp@umn.edu.

This change is a response to ongoing reduction of resources and staffing
within the Office of Classroom Management. Despite these challenges, we
remain committed to providing excellent service through alternate
communication methods and response systems.

If you have any questions, please call the Hotline or email classrm@umn.edu.

Using HDMI in classrooms

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Hoping to take advantage of the high-definition capabilities on your laptop? Use it in a classroom with HDMI connections at the instructor station. Refer to the HDMI feature instruction page for directions on how to use the connection and to find a list of classrooms with this feature.