Author Archives: Adam Franco

Senior Application Developer

New Course Schedule Planning Tool

LIS is pleased to introduced a new course schedule planning tool to help students discover courses and arrange selections of them that avoid timing conflicts.

When browsing the online catalog at go/catalog students (and others) can now log in and save courses that they find interesting. Look for “Save” links to the top-right of course descriptions. Courses can be saved either from the search view or from the detail views linked-to from department course listings.

This screen-cast gives an overview of the Schedule-Planner and how to use it:

Notable features:

  • Save courses at any time when encountering interesting ones.
  • Create one or more schedules for a term to see how different course selections might fit together.
  • Ensures that discussion and lab sections are considered.
  • Time-conflicts are highlighted.
  • Schedules can be emailed to an adviser or anyone else.
  • Schedules can be printed to aid in finding classrooms.

Please note that this tool is designed as a planning and advising aid — it does not register the student for classes. Also, it does not have access to individual student records and hence does not check that prerequisites have been met.

Please try it out at go/catalog and share it with the students you advise.

Send any questions or comments to afranco@middlebury.edu.

Best,
Adam Franco

Announcing the Course Hub

LIS is pleased to introduce an innovation in course management for both students and faculty: The Course Hub.  The Hub provides easy tools for faculty to upload a syllabus, link to a course blog or ERes, or pull RSS feeds from external sites.  It also provides students with an easy way to access course materials for all of their courses from one convenient location. Any updates to content will appear on the student’s personalized Semester Dashboard.

Dashboard Screen-Shot Manage Resources Screen-shot

We encourage faculty to try the Course Hub and give feedback on your experience. Do keep in mind that the Hub has intentionally been designed as a very simple aggregator of course materials rather than a repository for all of the course materials.

The Course Hub is a quick way to link your course materials. For example, to add your syllabus do the following:

  1. Go to: http://courses.middlebury.edu/
  2. Log on
  3. Go to one of your course sites.
  4. Click on the link to “Syllabus” in the right sidebar
  5. Click on + write/paste syllabus text or + syllabus file
  6. Browse out to your syllabus and select it; then click the save button

You can also click on the link to “Resources” in the right sidebar to add other types of resources including:

Please spend a few minutes adding resources for your online course materials. Whatever you post to the Course Hub will be available to your students throughout the semester. Let LIS know what you think by sending your feedback to go/coursehubfeedback.

More information, FAQs, and examples are available at: http://courses.middlebury.edu/about

Best,
LIS Curricular Technology Team