When you work in TimeEdit and when you read our articles, you'll encounter a number of terms.
We've listed those we feel are important to know so that it will be as easy as possible for you to begin scheduling.
The resources that can be booked are called objects, e.g. instructor Robert Larson, room A112 and activity "Student selection".
A type in TimeEdit is the name of a specific type of object that can be booked. Examples of types are Instructor, Room and Activity.
The types that can be booked and what they are called are unique for each organisation using TimeEdit.
A reservation is an event containing a number of objects. Reservations include the date, start time, end time and a number of objects. They may also contain texts of various kinds.
Reservation mode utilises rules that govern the types and objects that can be included in a reservation. Reservation mode examples for higher education scheduling – room and equipment reservations and staff activities.
Objects can have relationships with one another. These relationships are used to make it easier for you to determine which objects must be booked together.
One example of a relationship is that instructor Robert Larson teaches courses in mathematics and physics.
Another example is that the Physics group takes courses in mathematics and physics.
Reservations are created and edited in TimeEdit's calendar. The standard calendar includes dates and times. The calendar can also be customised to user needs by creating what we call views.
A view is one or more calendar windows that are customised to user needs, such as desired total weeks, date intervals or similar. Users can create their own private views, and a system administrator can create shared public views.
Abstract and physical objects
An object in TimeEdit can be physical or abstract.
A physical object becomes unavailable when it is booked and it is not possible to make another reservation with the same object for the same time slot. Examples of objects that are normally physical are classes, groups, instructors and rooms.
An abstract object is included with information about a reservation, but does not prevent you from booking an object multiple times for the same time slot. Examples of objects that are normally abstract are subjects and activities.
When you book a physical object, the time for that object becomes unavailable. The reservation is therefore called an obstacle in TimeEdit because it prevents us from booking that object again for the same time slot.
When you choose an object to book in TimeEdit, all reservations for this object appear directly in the calendar. Obstacles are indicated as solid grey or green reservations in the calendar. Transparent reservations in the calendar have no obstacles and can be booked over. These normally contain abstract objects.