Tab #1: lists start and end times for 75 minute blocks. A minimum of 60 minutes must be used as of each start time.
Tab #2: lists suggested pairings for 75 minute blocks for courses teaching multiple times throughout the day.
Tab #3: lists start and end times for 2 hour to 2 hour and 45 minute blocks. A minimum of 2 hours must be used as of each start time.
- Layout: Meeting block start times are on the left and end times are on the right, with Cambridge local time intentionally set larger and highlighted.
- Each row is a different time block: From left to right, view how a start time converts across different time zones, and how the corresponding end time converts across different time zones (example row in purple).
- Cells highlighted in green indicate that the start and end times fall within the allowed 7:30 AM - 10:15 PM in their local time zone, meaning that meeting block could work for students in that time zone.
Cells highlighted in orange indicate meeting blocks that may fall out of the allowed 7:30 AM - 10:15 PM in students' local time, depending on Daylight Savings changes.
Time Zone Data
Students' time zone data will be available in my.harvard as they formally “check in” for the semester. Departments have access to a time zone report that they may run on demand.
Offering Multiple Primary Components to Accommodate Students Across Time Zones
Courses that need to accommodate a broad range of time zones may consider offering two primary components at different meeting times. Here are recommended pairings that would work for students across multiple time zones, also available on the Time Conversion spreadsheet:
7:30AM - 8:45 AM & 4:30 PM - 5:45 PM
9:00 - 10:15 AM & 6:00 - 7:15 PM
10:30 - 11:45 AM & 7:30 - 8:45 PM
12:00 - 1:15 PM & 9:00 - 10:15 PM
Small courses (15 or fewer enrollments) may benefit from not entering a meeting time until after students register for courses. This allows the instructional team to determine the best meeting time after students have enrolled in required courses. Courses that opt for blank meeting patterns should communicate this to their Department and update their curriculum coordinator once their course has selected a meeting time.