When I hear the word “Banner” I think of a colorful warm welcome
My experience with student information systems is negligible, and now my connotation os shifting more to
In fact its so arcane I could not even find it easily in Google.
But here has been my experience in dealing with Banner the Student INformation System for my online class at University of Mary Washington. Maybe my problem is lack of Workshops and Training.
- When registration opens, ds106 fills almost immediately, it is capped at 25. I am assuming students just get a “CLOSED” response when they try and register.
- For the weeks leading up to class students email their instructors with various stories of their need for the class to graduate or their undying love for storytelling or their ultimate destiny asking for a registration override (I was getting emails last November for my class that started in January)
- The system does not manage anything like an automated waitlist. I have to respond to the students and let them know I will add them if a spot opens up. Or I could be generous and go over the limit. I then have to process an override, email the student and tell them to register
- Now here is where it gets crazy. If students are dropping before the class starts (and they do cause we scare them with how hard the class is) and the number goes below the cap ANY student can jump in and register if they try at a time when the enrollment is below the cap. Therefore they jump ahead of any students I have told by email that they are on a wait list, because it is not really wait list at all.
- In the meantime, if this quick jump happens, I have no information that I have lost one student and gained another. This might not be huge in F2F class, where I can see someone new and get them the course info. But in an online class, I have to keep checking the registration, match it agains my own spreadsheet I have to maintain to know who is active, and then start firing off copies of all the emails a new student and missed because of their late entry.
This is worthy of Brazil. The movie.
I spend a ton of time checking the registration site, emailing, and it puts a ding on a student who has to do a bunch of catchup.
I find no banners here only barriers.