Web site can help schedule classes
Courserank debuts today for first day of picking classes
Published: Monday, March 22, 2010
Updated: Monday, March 22, 2010 01:03
UConn.courserank.com can't get you into already filled classes, nor can it squeeze your required classes into one nice little block early in the day, but it can do just about anything else to help with class scheduling.
UConn.courserank.com is a new course planning resource scheduled to be up and running for students today.
Courserank hopes to eliminate the confusion of selecting classes for upcoming semesters by compiling in one place all the information students would want in order to pick classes.
Based on a demo of what Courserank offers, it seems the most comprehensive part of the Web site is its course review section. Along with the crucial student reviews, course evaluations, and average class grades, Courserank posts what books are needed, average time commitment of the class and a forum for questions and answers specific to each class, according to courserank.com.
Courserank also has all the other essential elements students often turn to for picking classes. When a desired class is picked, the Web site automatically arranges your classes on a calender to show scheduling conflicts. Also, if a student has settled on a major or plan of study, Courserank allows students to input required courses into future semesters.
The Web site also features a more comprehensive course search in which classes can be found by department, course title, keyword, term, rating, time commitment and other factors.
"We are hoping this will be a reliable, well updated, well maintained site that will just make the whole registration process easier," said Kay Bloomberg, an 8th-semester management major and USG Academic Affairs Chair.
"It sounds interesting but I do not trust that it has updated and complete information on courses," said Eric Saccoccia, a 6th-semester CSE major.
UConn will be the 30th school to use Courserank. Other schools include UC Berkeley, Duke and Stanford, according to its Web site.
Courserank does not cost the university any money, according to Bloomberg.