Accommodating Social Distancing in Classes Through Day-of-attendence Assignment During Covid-19 at Clemson University
Monday, April 12, 4:30-5:10pm EDT
In Fall 2020, Clemson University found itself faced with the need to reduce the number of students in each classroom while honoring existing course scheduling and registrations. While some students opted to attend online, some faculty opted to teach online, and some courses were forced to be online because there was insufficient space, over 18,000 student placements had to be managed. A linear integer program, solved to optimality, provided a method by which students were assigned to attend courses on specific days to minimize the number of students on campus each day. The solution was implemented for Fall 2020 and in Spring 2021. In Spring 2021, however, students knew the mode (in-person, hybrid, or online) in which their courses would be offered, which induced some practical challenges for students.