At the start of the first week of classes, there were complications in assigning and coordinating classrooms.
Asked how rooms are determined for classes with Senior Director of Strategic Communications and Public Information Officer Jennifer Self, she said they are “based on expected enrollment, associate deans determine the capacity of 45 and over, the computer labs and the ITV”.
Larger classes and classes that involve labs have been hand-selected when matching these classes to a classroom setting.
Asked about the process or guidelines that were put in place when determining classrooms, Self said that “all remaining rooms (unscheduled by associate deans) are scheduled through an automated process called room optimization. based on designated predetermined partitions (subject location preferences). ”
When the class optimization process occurs, the enrollment for each particular class is taken into consideration. The number of students enrolled will help match this course with a classroom that would be most suitable. With this process, there may be classrooms that do not match the needs of the class. This may result in a request for an arrangement or relocation of courses if possible.
Self said that when this happens, “all requests are taken from the received order and processed if space is available.”
A professor encountered this problem the first week of the semester and was accommodated. That associate professor is Dr. Carol Dell’Amico, one of whose classes was located at DDH 103K.
Asked about her experience and the ease of the class change process, Dell’Amico said, “After I finished that class, I immediately emailed because that class wasn’t going to work. After seeing the classroom and arranging a class there, it was obvious that this classroom would not be beneficial to her or her students.
There was a row of desks hidden behind a wall in a small nook. Looking at the class size, which was 39 students, and the room capacity, which was 45, it was a good match; however, it was one that was impractical.
Once Dell’Amico asked to change classes, she said she was well housed, they were ready to help, and the move was very easy and quick. At first, Dell’Amico was worried about the limited number of classrooms available, but once they informed her of the change, she felt lucky to be able to move.