Preliminary analysis of the impact of the space reductions indicates that most courses of 50 or more students will need to be taught via Distance Delivery, with one exception detailed below. Overall section capacity will likely be reduced 55%-75%, depending on how many smaller courses will be offered online. Instructors will be contacted by their department to determine their teaching status for fall, especially for those who have personal circumstances making it advisable or necessary to teach online.
Courses over the limit of 50 have the option to use a hybrid/flipped mode with cohorts attending alternating class meetings in physical classrooms. Sections using this mode of teaching will select "Keep Current Room" during the data collection phases. These courses will be coded as either Some Online (SO) or Hybrid (HY). More about Instruction Modes.
The Registrar's Office created an OBIEE report/form that will allow each department easily communicate which sections will use Distance Delivery and which sections will need to keep the current room to practice Flipped Mode scheduling. This report should be submitted to the Campus Schedulers by 6/30/20. The OBIEE form, "COVID - Add Supplemental Data", can be found at: myWSU > OBIEE > Schedule Builder Dashboard > Schedule Builder > COVID - Add Supplemental Data. Instructions are available on the page. Email the Campus Schedulers if you need additional help with the form. More information on Data Collection.
Courses with a Requested Room Capacity of 50 or higher: If there is no notation on a large course, we will assume that it will be taught online and will remove the room. The course will be coded as Distance Delivery. More information about Instruction Mode coding.
Reduced GUC capacities will require that sections with GUCs be re-assigned. This process is called "optimizing".
If, at the end of this process, there are courses or sections left without a classroom, the Registrar’s Office will contact the department. Options may include moving online, moving to another classroom configuration, or possibly moving to another day or time.
Departments will manage department space scheduling. Please follow the normal procedure, and leave a Notes/Request in Maintain Schedule of Classes for department room updates. If you would like a GUC, please leave a Notes/Request. If this is done before we Optimize, the course will be included in the first run of Optimizer.
Large sections are traditionally taught in the same room from semester to semester. We have those room preferences and will be able to re-assign rooms to those sections when we roll to future semesters.