TLDR: Is there an option to show teachers their courses in multiple timetables in one view at the “Home” page?
So that if I teach lesson 1 and 2 in the first timetable and lesson 4 in another timetable I didn’t have to select the different timetables?
Situation:We have three year groups with one form group per year at our school. We have theoretical courses which last from 1 to 2 lessons, and we have practical training which always spans 3 lessons. We don't have a lot of teachers, and because the practical training lessons are taught in subgroups, we have to spread them out so that some of them are from timeslot 3 to 5 and others are from timeslot 6 to 8. In addition the practial trainings rotate either on a three or six week base with either two or tree groups in the course. So the timetable changes quite a lot for students and teachers.
My Try:First I thought of making 1 timetable with two different days (mo-do 8 rows and fri 6 rows). In this scenario a teacher would have to take attendance data and take his notes three times in one practical training session. Another downside would be the three entries in the timetable view which are just one session.
So I decided against it and created colums for
weekday with practical training in the morning
weedkay with practical training in the afternoon
friday with practical training
and the respective rows (including breaks) where the practical training is just one longer timeslot.
I created three timetables (one for each year group) since they have their practical training at different times.
I created the either three or six days for each weekday and each year group depending on the rotation of the practical training lessons.
(Thank you so much for the import function!!!)
Now I am at the state of tying the days to dates so I could take a first glance at my timetable.
As far as I can see the timetable should look as expected for the student, I also get the nice big practical training blocks I wanted, but the teacher is only seeing one timetable at a time.
Since it represents the working week for the teacher I would have expected that every user gets a timetable with every timeslot they are in. Otherwise it is hard to spot double bookings and it is one additional click to enter the lesson details (if the timetable on the “Home” page is considered as main path for the daily work).
- Is there a way to get a unified timetable view for the teachers?
- Do I have to fall back to use one timetable and add three consecutive lessons for the practical training?
- In this case - is there a way to unite (show them in one field, enter data only one time) consecutive lessons?
- Is there another option I did not think of?
- Is it maybe possible to create a timetable for all years and add different columns for the same Day for different year groups? Could it be this simple and am I just thinking too complicated and wasting your time?
btw: I really love the flexibility in Gibbons timetabling system. I tend to find our timetable rather complicated to create and explain. The concept Gibbon uses is lightyears ahead of the … lets call it “system” … we use to calculate the payment of our teachers. And don’t get me started about the import system. Since I am still evaluating I also had a look at other (proprietary) systems. The (probably) market leader here has nothing comparable, you have to enter everything by hand!