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Registrar’s Office helps students with new schedule software

Registrar’s Office helps students with new schedule software

October 28
10:22 2013

Steven James / Intern Writer

A new tool called Visual Schedule Builder launched on Oct. 21 as a new way for students to better find out which courses are available and which courses are not for their upcoming semesters.

The company Visual Schedule Builder created the software, which the Registrar’s Office made public for students at vsb.unt.edu.

When using the tool, students can type which classes they would like to take for a particular semester into the Select Course bar. The “Add” button puts the courses into to the schedule. After students have added every class they are considering taking, the “Generate Schedules” button will create a variation of schedules.

Students can then maneuver through every schedule combination possible for that semester and see which options they prefer.

When a student sees a time that he or she likes for a course, the student can pin that option down and continue to look for other options for different courses.

Even though the tool helps students see the options they have for their schedules, Visual Schedule Builder does not register students for classes.

Associate registrar Keitha Robertson said that this tool lessens the struggles that students confront when trying to create their schedules.

“Our student workers here at the Registrar’s Office used it and loved it,” Robertson said. “This is a conflict free way for students to know if they can take this one class at this time or another class at that time.”

Right now the only available semester that students can view their schedule options for is spring 2014. Robertson said she hopes that the software will improve sometime in the spring, giving students chances to view schedule combinations for summer and fall, possibly until they graduate.

Public administration graduate student Tyler Maryak is an employee at the Eagle Student Services Center. He said that even though the schedule builder has some imperfections, students should still give the software a chance.

“Even though it’s not perfect, the Visual Schedule Builder is a streamline process that will show you the different combinations of what your schedule could look like,” Maryak said. “I would probably use it.”

Undeclared freshman Alex Martinez said that the schedule builder could aid him in knowing when he can take the classes he needs to take.

“Since I’m undeclared right now, I talk to exploratory major counselors to help me decide what classes I take,” Martinez said. “I think that this schedule builder would be useful in helping me with doing that.”

The Registrar’s Office is looking for students to test the Visual Schedule Builder and provide feedback on how they feel about the software.

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