From Lantiv Scheduling Studio 7 User's Guide
Schools have several kinds of common scheduling scenarios. In elementary schools, for example, children of the same grade are grouped in classes, which stay together for the majority of the subjects. In middle schools students start to be divided by levels and by their elected subjects. High schools have very versatile scheduling needs because they may combine grouped scheduling, sub groups for elective subjects and even personal student scheduling like in colleges or universities.
All these scenarios, including mixed combinations of them, as complex as they be, are perfectly handled by the program. You can create activities for:
- Groups (i.e. classes, grades) with a fixed teacher.
- Groups which have a fixed teacher for most subjects and varying teachers for the rest of the subjects.
- Groups which are split to sub groups for certain subjects or activities.
- Multiple resources and activities can be united in sets and scheduled either simultaneously or consecutively.
- Students may be dynamically allocated to activities without belonging to a specific group. Such students can be enrolled to an activity which will appear inside the student's personal schedule along with other groups/activities in which the student takes part.
- Students can select preferred subjects. Then, the program will offer for each student a selection of the groups/activities which study the subjects which the student has chosen.
- Teacher team meetings can also be scheduled. An activity does not have to include students or groups. It can allocate one or more teachers to a classroom.
Periods and Time Scales
In most schools, the daily time scale is arranged in periods (lessons): "Period 1", "Period 2", "Period 3", "Lunch Period" etc.:
In some schools, however, the activities are scheduled at flexible times. The program allows you to define different types of time scales for different resources and days. For example, one group can have a set of periods on Thursday and different periods on Friday. Another group, inside the same file, can have a flexible time scale from 8:00-16:00 in which activities can be scheduled at times like 8:35-9:40, 8:45-9:15, etc.
In addition to planning the schedule in advance for the upcoming semester or the school year, the program allows you to make daily changes. You can browse to any calendar date, see the schedule for that date, and make changes instantaneously. If you delete an activity, for example, the program will mark that cell with a red stripe, meaning that the activity has been canceled. If you schedule a new activity in an empty cell, a green stripe will be shown, meaning that an activity has been added. Scheduling a replacement activity instead of a canceled activity will be highligted with a yellow stripe:
This is how these changes are summed up in the Changes pane: