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ERIC Number: ED088216
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1973-Apr
Pages: 35
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Computerized Scheduling in Vancouver Schools. A Research Report.
Durward, M. Lynne
This study examined computerized scheduling in 16 Vancouver secondary schools by analyzing (1) the results of a questionnaire to the principals of the schools, (2) class size balancing by computer, and (3) the effect of additional simulate runs on the number of student conflicts and the "date of smooth operation." A simulate run is defined as being the same as a scheduling run except that the operation is stopped after students have been placed in courses of their choice for purposes of predicting possible conflicts in the final run. Results indicated that computerized scheduling saved both secretarial and teacher time, the majority of schools had smoothly operating timetables within the first two weeks of school, and class lists and textbook rental receipts were the most widely used extensions of the computer scheduling system. Analysis of the course masters confirmed that the class size balancing was good. While no significant relationship between the number of simulate runs and the conflict rate could be found, it appeared that additional simulate runs were advantageous. Schools with extra simulate runs were, in general, operating smoothly earlier. (Author/WM)
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Authoring Institution: Vancouver Board of School Trustees (British Columbia). Dept. of Planning and Evaluation.
Identifiers - Location: Canada