The Modernizing Academic and Space Scheduling (MASS) project aims to improve student experience and their ability to complete programs of study at Dalhousie, increase space utilization, and to continue to accommodate the needs of our academic community. The MASS project is a capital project sponsored by the Office of the Provost and Vice-President Academic.
Dalhousie’s growth in recent years has made the academic schedule larger and our community’s needs more complex. Capturing and understanding our faculty and students’ teaching and learning needs will allow us to develop an academic timetable that continues to support our excellent learning experience at Dalhousie University. Current scheduling practices, many that are highly manual and decentralized, limit our ability to maximize space utilization.
In developing a more modern and collaborative approach to achieve the most effective and efficient use of space for the academic timetable and event booking, the university will benefit in the following ways:
- Improve class schedules and student experience
- Modernize the academic scheduling process; move away from current paper submission process
- Optimize event space usage
- Reduce required course conflicts and improve elective choices
- Give students timely access to courses needed to graduate on time and with greater course selections
- Ensure instructors and students have appropriate academic space based on need
- Allow for academic modeling of future space needs as programs grow and change
- Improve academic space usage by matching timetables to appropriate spaces
- Provide an online tool to view and book event space
- Provide a common up-to-date inventory of all instructional and event spaces
Our project team is committed to working with the Dalhousie community and looking forward to your involvement and input.