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    Do you use Room Booking Software?

    I was just wondering if staff in other schools still book rooms on paper.

    I've moved to this online system which i find very good: Room Booking System, as the teachers can see the availability of all rooms on the one page.

    Its been used for months and the staff love it!

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    Re: Do you use Room Booking Software?

    MRBS is another popular choice.

    It's also a damn-site cheaper! £600 for year one, then £200 for subsequent years! You must be joking.

    Stick with the opensource MRBS IMHO and spend your money on teaching!

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    Re: Do you use Room Booking Software?

    i just created a booking form within microsoft access - share it out and mark it read-only: bob's your uncle and it costs nothing to implement...:-)

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    Re: Do you use Room Booking Software?

    We also use mrbs and apart from not being able to book in advance and take in acount of 1 week half terms because of our 2 week timetable it's great.

    Ben

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    Re: Do you use Room Booking Software?

    I got it a bit cheaper than that as they had an offer on.

    I just found that to be better than MRBS as teachers wanted to be able to see the availability of booking a room for the week ahead on the one page - something that MRBS didnt do. Well, they can also skip ahead weeks and view availability a week at a time. The other admins wanted control over it etc etc!

    A simple form in access wouldnt work because:

    the IT rooms are used at certian periods in the day for classes. At these times, the room has to be unbookable. I can set this up in the Room Booking System, something which I didnt find in other systems.

    and last point! the system can work on a different number of periods in a day -- as it runs on 5 in our school

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    Re: Do you use Room Booking Software?

    Yeah ... had a look but it could not handle what we wanted (flexibility of hours etc due to uneven times of periods)

    I have also looked at this one and MRBS too ... both are free (donations gladly accepted of course) and seem good alternatives.

    I know a number of people use exchange too.

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    Re: Do you use Room Booking Software?

    MRBS here too.

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    Re: Do you use Room Booking Software?

    ICT NUT got MRBS working with a 2 week timetable.

    @ Chris:

    I managed to do it, after some digging. and this is how:

    There is a file called lang.en within this file there are a number of variables set, what you are looking for is:

    Code:


    $vocab["rep_type_6"] = "n-Weekly";


    Change this to:

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    $vocab["rep_type_6"] = "Bi-Weekly";


    Now when adding a booking that will take place on week 1 and 3 you will need to ensure that the Bi-Weekly option is selected and on that the field "Number of weeks (for n-weekly)" has the number 2 in it.

    When added you will see that the booking has been made for that week skipped the next one and added on the one after.

    I agree that the field names are not the best but I am looking into changing those so they are more meaningful but that just a matter of choice really.
    As for displaying all the weeks free Im sure someone could write the code for that.
    I wrote a code mod to stop them booking to far in the future and as promised I am going to and write something for the bulk input of the time table from a file or something if nothing else has surfaced since last year.
    It's one of my coding projects I am definately going to do unlike the others that get started and left :P

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    Re: Do you use Room Booking Software?

    We're currently running a pathetic (my own opinion) piece of ASP software via www.oarbs.com The admin interface is useless for block booking of our timetable as it doesn't have a timetable structure as such. I'm planning on creating my own but finding the time is the hardest part. Perhaps I should look at MRBS again... it got me so fustrated last time setting it up that I just left it 8O

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    Re: Do you use Room Booking Software?

    How do you handle people who book rooms then don't use them? That's the biggest problem with our (admittedly paper-based) system. Neither we, nor the teachers know if a room is _really_ going to be used or not, which is annoying for us (missed a potential maintenance window) and teachers.

    A "you must reconfirm on the day or it gets marked as free" tweak might be an idea. Hmm...

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    Re: Do you use Room Booking Software?

    It's not having a 2 week timetable that's the problem as I just use n-weeks and set it too 2.

    But as we go week 1 then week 2, if there is a 1 week half term and we finish on a week 1 then we come back on a week 2 so:

    week-1 half-term week-2 this throws the bookings out so I end having to only book ahead in half termly slots I'd rather do the whole year in one go.

    Ben

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    Re: Do you use Room Booking Software?

    Quote Originally Posted by GrumbleDook
    I have also looked at this one
    Does a pretty good job here.

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    Re: Do you use Room Booking Software?

    Am I one of the only ones who's set up a year's worth of weeks in Excel for our four rooms, with different colour-coding for timetabled and booked rooms?

    Shared read-only so that staff can see, and view rooms weeks ahead, even though we'll only accept bookings up until the half term.

    Monotonous and takes a while to set up each year, but once it's done, it's done....

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    Re: Do you use Room Booking Software?

    We use MRBS too and I've experienced the problems with bi-weekly timetables. Now I just set up all of the periods for the year takes most of the day but its then ready. Only problems then are the timestables changing during exams thats not fun I'll tell you!

    Wes

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    Re: Do you use Room Booking Software?

    We basically have an access db holding all the rooms, the timetabled lessons, and the weeks (you just type a few more in towards the end of term).

    It is then linked into our intranet so theres a nice asp front end that lets people know what periods are free, they can only book a period where there is no entry in the database, then once they have booked it, only they (or us admins) can edit or delete their booking. So it saves a lot of hastle we used to have with a spreadsheet/table being deleted/moved/edited and confusions being made.

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