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Infosilem Example Schedules

Below are redacted Infosilem Example Schedules provided to the union by faculty.

INSTRUCTOR #1 – Infosilem doubles commute days, undercutting prep time

    Schedule agreed by department                 Robo-schedule generated by Infosilem

 

    

Impact on teaching, research, service, and family: As is true for the vast majority of faculty, my NTT work hours are not confined to classroom and official office hour times. I spend many hours each week, and often on the weekend, correcting papers, preparing classes, and attending to student requests and emails for the 3 classes that I teach every semester. Often my listed office hours do not coincide with student availability, so I may arrive to campus early, stay late into the evening or when necessary, talk with a student on the phone when he/she is available.  Although, like many NTT faculty members, I do not engage in research with the main purpose of publishing but, rather, with the goal of revising or enhancing the courses I teach, keeping current in my field, or creating a new course from scratch. Changing over to a 4-day commute will impact my ability to devote large blocks of time to the above listed obligations.

INSTRUCTOR #2 – Infosilem doubles commute days and assigns an unworkable classroom

    Schedule agreed by department                 Robo-schedule generated by Infosilem

 

    

Impact on teaching, research, service, and family:  I am taking over as the Director of a rapidly growing program on July 1, 2019. This means that I have to set aside days specifically to administer and advise majors and minors in that program, alongside charting a course for the future of the program. A four-day teaching schedule would mean none of my tasks—teaching, research, advising, administrative duties, etc.--could happen effectively. Moreover, I use a lot of film and other visual materials in all of my courses. The classroom that has been assigned to me in this scenario, is particularly unsuitable with large windows and light streaming in. Is Infosilem even looking at the content of courses before assigning rooms? If computer programs are going to be responsible for scheduling, they have to be smart enough to match course materials and teaching tools that specific courses demand to classrooms being assigned.

INSTRUCTOR #3 – Infosilem interferes with family responsibilities

    Schedule agreed by department                 Robo-schedule generated by Infosilem

 

    

 

Impact on teaching, research, service, and family:  Teaching on Tuesday takes away my research time. That is the day I use to catch up with library work and reading my data. As a research institution there is a heavy demand on us. We need time to fulfill multiple academic and research obligations. Equally important, I do not want to teach past 4:30 because I have a young child to take care of and need to be at home the soonest possible in the late afternoon to assist her. 

 

INSTRUCTOR #4 – Infosilem undercuts enrolment in a pivotal course

    Schedule agreed by department                 Robo-schedule generated by Infosilem

 

    

 

Impact on teaching, research, service, and family: The Infosilem system has scheduled both my classes for Wednesday morning/Friday afternoon slots. Such a schedule would undoubtedly undercut enrollments. In the standard Rutgers class scheduling system, Wednesday mornings are paired with Friday afternoons, and students are very reluctant to sign up for Friday afternoon classes. Thus, scheduling my classes for Friday afternoons would cause their enrollments to plummet. This is a problem for both my department, which needs high enrollments, and the students, who need to be able to take my courses. One of those two courses is often the highest enrollment course in my department, and it fulfills the core curriculum requirement in the natural sciences.  Scheduling it on Friday afternoons would make it more difficult for students to fulfill that requirement.

 

INSTRUCTOR #5 – Infosilem interferes with service responsibilities

    Schedule agreed by department                 Robo-schedule generated by Infosilem

 

    

Impact on teaching, research, service, and family:  The schedule generated by Infosilem would have me teach a 3-hour block on a Monday in New Brunswick (rather than the 3-hour block on Tuesday evening that I am doing now).  Given that my home department is in Newark, (where I am teaching another course this semester), this would make it impossible for me to attend required departmental meetings, as well as faculty meetings. Newark has a free period Mondays from11:30am to 12:50pm, and this is when such meetings are routinely scheduled.

 

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