Implementing open and affordable courses marking involves a complex array of individuals, all of whom have a variety of duties, and requires the navigation of multiple technical concerns. Consequently, it is impossible to provide an overview that works in all cases or on every campus. However, this section shares potential practices and asks questions that will help each campus find a successful solution, regardless of their unique situation. Though sometimes used interchangeably, the terms and represent distinct institutional artifacts. Schedules are updated for each academic period and contain details of course meeting times, instructor names, classroom locations, etc. Catalogs, on the other hand, are updated less frequently. They provide descriptions of all courses offered at the institution and may incorporate policies and procedures that impact students; typically, students are governed by the terms published in the catalog during the semester they first enroll. Schedules and catalogs may be generated from data collected in .
Readers can use this section as a general guide on how to plan a strategy for implementing marking open and affordable courses, including preparing for unique contexts through an environmental scan, reviewing processes connected to the SIS, and assessing implementation’s impact on institutional procedures and technical systems. The section also includes information on creating a stand-alone list of open and affordable courses.
Also called Course Schedule or Schedule of Courses: a college or university’s listing of courses to be offered each semester or quarter, which includes details on class time, prerequisites, instructor of record, and other information; it is updated for each academic period.
Also called Course Timetable or Course Schedule Platform: a college or university’s exhaustive listing of courses and programs currently and historically offered, including course titles and descriptions; course catalogs may also contain information about an institution's policies and procedures.
Also called Registration System, Course Timetable Software or Course Schedule Platform: a web-based application designed to aggregate key information about students, including demographic information, contact information, registration status, degree progression, grades, and other information. Some SISs assist students with enrollment, financial aid processes, and final payment for courses.