For many people, training their replacement is one of the biggest (and least-enjoyed) challenges of manual schedule-making. For many schools where the scheduling work rotates between different deans every few years, this can be a point of significant inefficiency, dread, dropped balls, and missed opportunities.
This largely came to my attention when I noticed the high number of people who subscribed to us in their last year in the role. I always thought it was a shame that they wouldn’t get to use the system they found. Still, they were thrilled that they did not have to try to train the successor in a process they had just recently grasped. There are a few cases where people engaged us so we would educate the successor in schedule-making as they weren’t confident in their ability to do it.
This is how I came to understand that one of the most valuable features we offer schools is warehousing all the collected schedule-making knowledge. Not banking this cumulative know-how means schools are hemorrhaging hard-learned lessons about what makes for good schedules at their schools and having to continually re-build the wheel. This doesn’t even touch on the ease with which new schedule makers can learn and thrive in the ofCourse system.
So if you’d like to do yourself and your successor a colossal favor, consider a partnership with ofCourse to improve the lives of all of your school’s schedule-makers, present and future.
October 17, 2022