You can see all class meetings—past and future, published or not—on the section calendar. This makes it easy to confirm that classes are scheduled as expected for the entire term. To find the calendar, go to the course page and click “Edit Section”.
Class meetings are represented by colored circles on the calendar:
- Green: Class meetings with a published lesson
- Gray: Class meetings whose lesson plan is not yet published
- Blue: Optional class meetings
- Pink: Holidays
Class meetings can be added and removed directly from the calendar. You can change future class meeting times, regardless of their publication status. Changes to the section start date and the section meeting pattern will cause future classes to be rescheduled.
For ease of scheduling, all dates and times on the section edit page are displayed in the timezone of the section. Elsewhere on Forum class times and dates are displayed in your computer's local time zone.
How do I change the date of a class?
You don’t change the date of a class session directly—instead add or remove class meetings to achieve the desired result. Make adjustments to the section calendar by clicking the appropriate option on a specific date:
- Add Class Meeting
- Delete Class Meeting
- Repeat Lesson Plan
If you would like to add a class meeting on a date that doesn’t have one, select the date and click “Add Class Meeting.” Forum will automatically place the next lesson plan (using sequential numbering) on that date, and automatically adjust other lesson plans after that date so that they run in order.
If there is a date with a circle that should not have a class meeting, select the date and click “Delete Class Meeting”. This works for both meetings with published lesson plans (green) and those without (gray). Forum will automatically move any lesson plan on that date to the next class meeting and will adjust all following lesson plans accordingly.
Class meetings in the past cannot be deleted or moved to a different date. However, if something went wrong with that class and you need to run it again, you can click “Repeat Lesson Plan” and enter a new date on which to run that same lesson plan again.
How do I change the time of a class?
You don’t change the time of a class session directly—instead add or remove class meetings to achieve the desired result:
- Select the class meeting that is currently at an incorrect time and delete it.
- Go to the date when the class should occur and click “+ Add Class Meeting”.
- Enter the new time and save.
Note that all dates and times on the section edit page are displayed in the timezone of the section.
What is an optional class?
When adding a class meeting, there is a checkbox to make the class an “Optional Class”. This means that this class meeting will not have a lesson plan assigned from Course Builder. These class meetings are shown in blue on the calendar.
Optional classes are intended to represent class meetings that students do not have to attend. Attendance is not counted in optional classes.
You can add and remove optional classes from the calendar at any time but, like other class meetings, they cannot be changed once they are in the past.