By Melissa Pool, University Registrar
MyTimetable is an exciting tool that fills a direct and obvious need of helping undergraduate students build their timetable and then links into Mosaic to provide enrolment directly into courses. While it was soft launched in March 2018 for Spring / Summer enrolment, MyTimetable is ready for students to access for Fall 2018 / Winter 2019 courses, beginning on June 13th.
As an integrated application with the Mosaic system, MyTimetable enhances the overall undergraduate student experience and has been enthusiastically received by students as a valuable tool that facilitates finding a workable timetable that blends student life and private life. It also allows for stronger metrics around enrolment that will benefit the Registrar’s Office and Faculty offices alike.
This project was widely supported by several key areas across the institution: University Technology Services (UTS), Student Affairs, the Registrar’s Office, Offices of the Associate Deans for all the faculties as well as departmental offices, and was guided by the IT governance process.
The IT governance process was key to the successful implementation of this pan-university project. The process provides a forum to gain champions for student-focused projects which might otherwise struggle to find traction.
For example, this project did not fit within any singular unit’s budget, and yet it was a compelling project knowing the benefits it would provide to students. The IT governance process offered a place for an idea to be brought forward and explored, a strategy to be developed and approved and helped align funding and support. The project was successfully approved and, in the end, allowed for a new piece of software for students to be invested in.
The IT governance process fundamentally gave the right avenue for MyTimetable to be explored and implemented and through the nature of its design, provides a clear path for other student-focused projects to follow.
Students can accessMyTimetable and search for Fall 2018/Winter 2019 courses beginning on June 13th, 2018. They will be able to put courses in their shopping cart and validate their selections. When their enrolment appointment opens, students can directly enrol into their selected courses in MyTimetable.
Enrolment appointments begin on June 19th. The full list of enrolment dates can be found online at https://registrar.mcmaster.ca/enrol/enrol_dates/.
For more information on MyTimetable visit https://registrar.mcmaster.ca/mytimetable/