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Timetable Scheduling Guidelines

The Spring 2021 Calendar and Timetable are designed under the Volunteer Principles for Leading With Courage:
  • Keep our community healthy & hopeful.
  • Keep students on track toward success.
  • Be creative. Be compassionate. Be flexible.

 

Guiding Principles

  • Provide students with opportunities to build a flexible schedule that enables their progress toward degree completion.
  • Pay particular attention to the spread of upper‐ and lower‐division offerings, to avoid unnecessary conflicts for students.
  • Collaborate with other departments when planning cross-departmental offerings to avoid unnecessary conflicts for students. Examples include co‐requisites, cohort courses, and courses required for minors.

 

Guidelines

  1. Target course allocations should include no more than 70 percent of all departmental sections may be scheduled during “prime time,” denoted by classes starting at the following times:

    PRIME TIME
    MWF—9:15, 10:30, 11:45, 1:00, 2:15, 3:30
    TR—9:50, 11:30, 1:10, 2:50

  2. Sections with capacity of 50 or greater must be offered in a fully-online, split into smaller sections or offered via hybrid format with rotating face-to-face groups due to social distancing measures implemented in on-campus spaces.
  3. In order for a section to be scheduled in a campus-hosted classroom, the enrollment of the section must meet at least 80 percent of the capacity of the room. If 80 percent capacity is not met, the section is subject to relocation.
  4. Sections whose capacities are set at less than the published minimum for the course level should be assigned to departmentally controlled space. If the sections are left to be scheduled into campus-hosted space, the priority will be low, and there is no guarantee that a campus-hosted room assignment will be available. (Minimum standards for scheduling are 15 for lower-division undergraduate, 12 for upper-division undergraduate, and 9 for graduate.) This does not apply to classes that begin after 5 p.m.
  5. Sections that are offered at invalid start or end times should be assigned to departmentally-controlled space. If the sections are left to be scheduled into campus-hosted space, the priority will be low, and there is no guarantee that a campus-hosted room assignment will be available. This does not apply to classes that begin after 5 p.m.

 

Spring 2021 Timetable Modality Definitions


All students in the class meet with the instructor in the classroom as a single group at every class meeting.

A hybrid format may result in the need to have additional sections created for the same course.
Hybrid – Rotating Face-to-Face
Students in the class are divided into two or more groups. Each group of students meets with the instructor in the classroom (face-to-face) once per week. Students who are not meeting in the classroom are learning online, interacting with the instructor and their peers through Zoom (or similar technology). As an example, a class that meets for 50 minutes on MWF might be divided into three groups of students. One group meets face-to-face on Mondays, one group meets face-to-face on Wednesdays, and one group meets face-to-face on Fridays. Students who are not meeting face-to-face are engaged in synchronous online learning.

Hybrid – Synchronous Simulcast
Students in the class are divided into two groups. One group of students meets with the instructor in the classroom (face-to-face) at every class meeting. All other students in the class interact with the instructor and their peers through Zoom (or similar technology) in a synchronous manner.


In a fully-online class, all teaching and learning takes place online. A fully-online class can be synchronous, asynchronous, or partially synchronous.

  • If the class meets at regularly scheduled times, it is synchronous.
  • If there are no regularly scheduled meetings at all, and students learn on their own schedule, the class is asynchronous.
  • A partially synchronous class has some regularly scheduled meeting times, but fewer meeting times than the class would have had if it were face-to-face.  Students are expected to carry out some activities asynchronously, on their own schedule.

A lab section is divided into two groups of students. One group participates face-to-face in the lab during even weeks of the semester, while the other group participates face-to-face in the lab during odd weeks of the semester. Students who are not in the lab are participating in some kind of online learning, which might be synchronous or asynchronous.

 

Valid Class Times