An institution’s timetable is the tool that determines where and when all teaching activities are taking place. Therefore, the timetable should also be the ideal tool to determine how well your using your teaching space – right?
Unfortunately, not. We have found that the accuracy of the timetable can vary significantly, with the number of timetabled activities taking place and the size of the classes occupying the rooms, often being significantly different to that timetabled.
Why does this happen? The reasons are varied; however, the bulk of inaccuracies are typically down to issues with the processes and practices connected to timetabling. Some examples of this include;
• Inaccurate and/or inefficient process for predicting planned class sizes, during timetable planning stages. There can be different processes per department or sometimes even by module, for doing this.
• Over estimation of the number classes required and the size of these classes, just in