Friday, March 30, 2012

R.I.P. RIT Registration. Long Live Enrollment

Jump by Van Halen screams out the lyrics...."You've got to roll with the punches to get to what's real"

Everything is constantly changing in students lives, and we as students love to complain about it.  Facebook is the best example, there are constant layout changes made, some major some minor, and possibly the biggest one yet is coming to us all today, Timeline. As students we go along with the change and forget the older system within a day, but not before social media is blasted with the change.

Now, RIT students, staff, and faculty are preparing for a year of changes some of which will go unnoticed and others that will make a big impact. Registration is the first of many changes that will impact students but one that is concerning to students.

The RIT GeneSIS project has instituted the new system and has given students a way to communicate their feelings, questions, concerns, and feedback.  The project team wants to know what students like and dislike about the system so that they can make future changes.   

But how do you connect with students and get them the information out about important dates, changes, key information, what should you do....the only answer: SOCIAL MEDIA.

RIT Enrollment GeneSIS project key places for you to find out the information:

Facebook: R.I.P. RIT Registration. Long Live Enrollment
Twitter: @RITEnrollment
Blog: R.I.P. RIT Registration
Reddit: RITEnrollment_Court and RITEnrollment_Laura

Coming soon: YouTube: RITEnrollment with funny videos and short training videos

So RIT students "Might as well jump."

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

How does the new RIT SIS class search work?

Visit the new class search here:

RIT's new class search launched in February 2012. It's been on the InfoCenter main page since then, but now that registration is nearing students are wondering how the heck it works. I'll tell you up front, the most confusing part? You have to use the numbers, NOT LETTERS, when browsing for courses (even though it defaults to show letters first).

The Genesis team is aware that this is not ideal, and believe me we appreciate the feedback about the system. Changing a system the size of RIT's SIS takes time however, and the project leaders have to prioritize what changes need to be made and will begin making updates as soon as possible.

The positive part of using numbers is that you're already familiar with them! For example, I'm a new media publishing major, I know my courses begin with 2083. If you are looking for possible classes and you know this code, you can just enter it into the field, instead of browsing through all the programs that you could care less about. The letters will take over the numbers as soon as RIT transitions to semesters.

Some other search fields you will now have include (but aren't limited to):
  • Online/in person - drop down in 'Mode of Instruction'
  • Days of the week
  • The time the class meets
  • Professors last name
  • Attributes - which include honors, access services, and activity (wellness) courses among others.

The advantage to all these options is when you have a really specific time and day that you would like to take a class (I.E. MW 2-4), you can limit your search to only find those. If you only want to take a class with your favorite professor, you can do so! At the same time, if you decided maybe you can be more flexible and you want more options in your search, just take away some of the variables and look through a longer list!

If you have any questions about the search, please ask anything you would like in the comments section, we will respond! This tutorial might help some students who are more visual -

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Get to know: Courtney Tennant

Hey RIT community, my name is Courtney Tennant and I transferred in enough credits coming out of high school in 2010, that I am currently a 4th year new media marketing in Saunders College of Business with a mass media communications minor.  I will be graduating next May (a year early) and continuing on with the
4 + 1 MBA program.

I am currently on Co-Op with the RIT GeneSIS project working on the social media and training campaign to get the word out to students about the new Enrollment system that is being put into place for Fall Enrollment (registration).

I have been working with Twitter (@courtnettennis) for the past few years but began using it on a daily basis when I came to RIT because as anyone in SCB knows any Social Media is crucial in the business world.  I am also on Facebook and LinkedIn: Courtney Tennant. You can also check out my personal blog: Just Do It

I came to RIT in I guess a non-traditional RIT fashion because I went through the college selection process with basketball on my mind.  As the time came to choose a school I looked at schools from the academic standpoint and where I would be happiest if I didn't have basketball, RIT was the place for me.  On my 2nd visit on accepted students day, RIT became the clear choice for me from the moment I stepped on campus.  I could really see myself growing as a person and in the 2 years I have been here I have changed and grown into the more adult version I strive to be.

 I am originally from Cortland, NY so just about two hours down the highway but for me that distance was perfect because my family and I are extremely close and they are still able to attend most of my games and be my biggest support system when the stress of RIT arises. 

I am a really excited about helping you learn all about the new SIS system and hope to make your transition to the new system a smooth one. And as I learn new information about the system (which becomes available everyday) I will pass it on to you.

Introduction: Laura C. Kelley

Hello world! My name is Laura Kelley, I’m a 4th year new media publishing major that actually graduated after winter quarter, but I didn’t want to leave RIT, so I stuck around for spring quarter! I came on board the Genesis project to help out with social media and student training efforts, strategizing how to best reach the RIT student population. While I’m an avid Twitter (@raradee) and Facebook user, I knew I needed to jump in and learn all about Reddit as well. While I’m no Redditor yet, I bet I’ll be there by the time I’m done with this co-op! 

I’m originally from Broomfield, CO (which is right between Denver and Boulder) and came to RIT as an advertising and public relations major living on photo house. I changed my major to new media publishing during my second year and since then I have completed two other co-ops, one at Canon and one at Post Central. I look forward to helping you all learn the new system and inform you of all the new features!