LYNX allows you to identify back-to-back sections in your SIS, meaning times where the same instructor is teaching one class immediately following another. You often want to schedule these classes in the same room to ensure that the instructor doesn't have to run across campus during the passing period.
You can do this by adding event bindings to the classes in 25Live, designated with "BTB" in the event name. These bound events behave identically to classes which are cross-listed or combined in your SIS, with the following effects:
Creating back-to-back bindings is a common step in preparation for running the Schedule25 Optimizer.
LYNX helps you determine which sections with the same instructor should be considered "back-to-back" based on four factors:
Note: back-to-back binding uses whichever instructor is mapped to 25Live's built-in "Instructor" role via translation rules.
The first member of each back-to-back group is the primary reservation in 25Live, which is used to determine organization preferences for the Schedule25 Optimizer. This cannot be changed in LYNX but can be changed in the manage event bindings menu option in 25Live.
Follow the instructions on the Managing Data Binding article to navigate to the data binding page for back-to-back sections.
The first time you go to this page, the list will be blank because nothing has been identified as back-to-back yet. Click Bind Back-to-Back Sections to begin with the following screen:
Image: Binding Back-to-Back Sections
On this screen you must choose an import extract set that you've already defined. LYNX will only look for back-to-back pairs where both sections are part of this extract set.
You also have the opportunity to change the four binding criteria (start date, passing time separation, expected headcount, and preassigned location) described above. Click Reconfigure to edit these variables.
When you click Run, LYNX finds all the back-to-back sections in your extract set and creates a bound group for them. (Note that a group can contain more than two sections if an instructor has a busy load.) If any section was already part of a back-to-back group, the old group is deleted.
Be careful when running the binding process on a term where back-to-back bindings already exist, because it could wipe them out!
In particular, watch out for sections which were assigned locations after the original binding was run, since they will no longer be eligible for binding through this process.
After you add these new groups, nothing will change in 25Live until a new import is triggered. This could happen automatically when those sections are updated in the SIS or manually by reviewing and importing an extract set.
You can also trigger an update immediately for the sections in a single group by clicking the "import" link next to its name.
Image: List of back-to-back sections
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