Our last blog entry introduced the bulk add utility to help enter your courseload. I mentioned how that had spawned from us looking at the course-add function and asking how it could get better. I didn’t share that the bulk add utility wasn’t the only thing we thought of to improve the Step 2 work. Another idea we developed was the notion of creating template semesters. For a few years now, we have offered the ability to replicate past courseloads. This made it so you didn’t have to enter a courseload but could edit a previous one instead. This makes a lot of sense for many schools where one term can look a lot like a prior term.
But through a suggestion from one of our existing schools, we devised a modified version of that idea. Instead of using an actual past courseload, what if the school created a model term that could serve as a template for future semesters? Doing it this way offers some compelling options.
- You can enter a partial courseload. Do this when there is only a subset of classes that will repeat. You are free to add more classes to it (or even drop classes from it).
- Set all professor assignments as Open. This way, you can methodically go through and assign profs for the semester being worked on and have a good sense of what has been touched and what still needs attention.
- You can continuously refine the template as your school’s needs change.
If this is something you would be interested in, shoot us a note, and we can help get your model terms created.
August 30, 2022