OSCAnews - Timetabling Support Software

Pete Self     -       peteself@nesterenkosoftware.com

Scroll down for much more info... App Description, Sample Report, Brief Video...
OSCAnews April 2018     The 2018-2019 Timetabling season is here.
The Timetable Assistant Application is used by Timetablers, Guidance and Administrators throughout the province of Ontario. The app is able to easily process data extracted from Master Schedule by Course Section Report or Master List by Course Report etc., depending on your School Administration System. The app is explained below.

In order to build a Master Schedule effectively, you need 'Visual', 2-dimensional grid-like reports to really 'see' the Master Schedule that you are building. The Timetable Assistant Application provides those necessary reports (and much more), and eliminates the need for the many little 'manual' mini-lists that timetablers usually create in order to be able to properly analyze the Master Schedule as it is being built.
I am a retired teacher. I was involved in the Staffing/Sectioning/Timetabling process for many years. I developed the Timetable Assistant Application to help me with the Timetabling process. I shared it with colleagues in other schools. Upon retirement I now sell it. Most orders come from word-of-mouth. Most users renew annually. Many users have been using the app for seven or more years.
This app is compatible with most School Administration Systems.
I understand reluctance to try something different. If a little interested, perhaps check within other schools in your School Board and get opinion from other 'current' users.

I would be happy to send you no-charge, a fully-functional 'Trial Version' and provide any necessary help to get you started. Try it for a few weeks.

Timetable Assistant Application - $200 +HST - One-year School License
Click to Watch - Timetable Assistant Application - Brief Video - Quick overview of the app

The Timetable Assistant application is a great aid to the Timetabling process and helps manage the Master Schedule throughout the year.
    - Generates a 'Visual' 2-dimensional Master Schedule Report with a few mouse-clicks by importing your
       current Master Schedule data.
    - No data-entry is required. Uses data extracted from the Master Schedule by Course Section Report
    - Highlights problem areas - Courses Over Maximum, Small Classes, etc.
    - Also generates many other critical reports: Teacher Limear, Room Linear, Available Seats, Capacity,
       Master Schedule by Department, Master Schedule by Pathway (C, D, P, M, U etc.)
    - Results of each 'Simulated Load' can be viewed in 2-dimensional reports and analyzed.
    - Used by Timetablers in the spring and also used throughout the year by Guidance and Admin.
    - Reports are also helpful in communication/discussions possibly with Department Heads etc.
     (The software is an MS Access application file. No Software installation required other than to have MS Access installed.
      MS Access is a component of MS Office and is readily available in your school.)

Much more information and sample reports etc. regarding the Timetable Assistant Application (links to different page)
The most commonly used report within the Timetable Assistant application is the Master Schedule Report which takes data imported from the Master Schedule by Course Section Report and displays it in the following easy-to-read, grid-like report. There are many other reports but this is the most-commonly used report. A few mouse clicks and the user has the latest Master Schedule in this format. Click on report for a printable pdf version.
Master Schedule Report - with explanations:
Master Schedule Report:
The following brief video explains the Timetable Assistant Application:
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Use the menu at the top of the page to see information regarding other applications available: Course Request Tally and Sectioning Assistant, etc.
Timetable Assistant Application - Watch 'General Use' Video (links to different page)
Timetable Assistant Application - Watch 'Timetabling Functions' Video (links to different page)
Timetable Assistant Application - $200 + HST (one-year school license.)
Yours to try for a few of weeks. No obligation. And I will provide an over-the-phone tutorial to get you started, if you wish.
Use the application with your current-year Master Schedule to become familiar with it's use. Then you would be ready to use the appication when you begin building next year's Timetable.
I will send you the application via email. It only takes a minute to save and launch the MS Access Application file.
Email any questions. Or if you would like to discuss the application, I'd be happy to call you.
If someone else in your school is responsible for building the Timetable, please pass on this link to that person.
More information regarding the Timetable Assistant Application (links to different page)
'Virtual Tour' of the Timetable Assistant Application.
The Virtual Tour allows you to explore the Timetable Assistant Application as if you were actually using it.
Unlike a video, this Tour will allow you to explore the app for yourself.
Click here to take the 'Virtual Tour' of the Timetable Assistant Application.