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Question: [Study Group] How many sessions?

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I'd like to focus on the material I want to present as part of the study group. While I'm doing that, I think there are some important questions that you as a group can work out for me.

How many separate sessions do we need?

@VoteForTomorrow has already started this discussion in the General Welcome Discussion.

On 4/22/2019 at 11:04 AM, VoteForTomorrow said:

We have to start somewhere so I suggest time zones with the Americas forming one group, Europe and Africa forming the second and Australasia with Asia forming the third.  If you work night shifts in your continent or have any other reason to switch then coolio.

I'm willing to do up to three sessions to help meet the timing needs of people around the world. But I think two would be better. Optimally, I'd just like to fly everyone to the same place so we could all meet at once. Unfortunately, I don't have the funds to make that happen.I'm on US Central time. Currently that is (UTC -5)

This site has a pretty useful meeting planner tool for coordinating time zones.

Could someone take working out session timing as a project?

Then you can just tell me when to show up. That would make me very happy since my calendar is pretty open most of the time.

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Just to get an overview of availability,  how about this ??

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Identify your availability in your local time & on the spreadsheet  below register your availability based on the UT column. 

example;  you might have more than one period available on any given day.

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Peter are you running with this or do you want help?   I will notify others to post.  I am in CST so my choices are M-Friday 12am-4am UT.  Sat/sun noon to 4am UT.

11 hours ago, PeterC said:

Just to get an overview of availability,  how about this ??

image.png.8ec003cb1fd22a60dbcf84c4c29306f7.png

Identify your availability in your local time & on the spreadsheet  below register your availability based on the UT column. 

example;  you might have more than one period available on any given day.

image.png.be07709d71af174b017644cd21dbdedb.png 

     

 

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Hi AFutureinReverse........Thanks for the offer of help....... I can only do this myself, if the group fills in the table  with their UT availabilty, then it´s just a question of putting the individual availabilities together, & presenting the info for evatuation & decision. ......Unfortunately I can´t do it if I just get replies in text based on individual  local times.......this model implies that each student is responsible to inform their availability in UT....Hopefully somebody will come up with a better solution.

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A improved example of the table is below, don´t even need the  cell shading.

This means one person is available at UT 03am on Mon, Tue, Sat  & so on............

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Posted (edited)

Trying a test Google Excel doc to collect members available windows, converting your time to GMT will make it easier to create a pivot table to sum up most popular windows to then get a consensus.

Thoughts?

Please do not share this link outside group :-)

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1N_9qVgcv52a71bepvC732Q20pynlUU3WhtfpedA5OYE/edit?usp=sharing

Edited by XrPMaximus

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Thanks for making this!

Can you do a quick renumbering to show GMT minus times. I’m US central time which is GMT minus 5 right now.

Showing times that way let’s us all agree what day we are on.

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Hi XRPMaximus....Nice job.

I guess I´m missing something but I can´t find  Select tab drop down and then select duplicate and rename tab to your name * ??  Do  I just create a new sheet ??   

It´s going to get messy when you have 50-60 spreadsheets, & the possibility of an accident to the table could easily occur. 

I thought it would be simpler,  if everyone sent in their individual availability table & we collated the info.

I don´t think we need the calandar at this point, as the study group is projected for up to 08 weeks, so we assume that the weekly availability is equal for that time period....Can be added later.

Anyway as the data set if so small (60-80 people) across the world........ this is only to give a general idea to arrive at a consensus...

BTW,   GMT = UT (Universal Time) ...... For evetyone to convert to GMT/UT it´s useful to include the time conversion diagram .....Comments welcome.

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Peter, I forgot to mention if people reply in the forum post that asks for timing - 

 - I would be happy to compile them for you and then check with the person that the sheet looks good.  I think you mentioned you would be good working with the sheet but not going through the forum to gather replies.  Let me know.  

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Hi AFuterinReverse/XrPMaximus,

I think the most important thing at the moment is to get this out to the group & gather the replies.

Please go full steam ahead to get this out to the group.........We really need the repliies to start the ball rolling.

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PeterC/XrPMaximus, I have already been contacting people directly and asking for the times.  I am having a good success rate.  Given that how should I supply this info to you?  I can convert it to UT time and should I just send it like that or in a particular format?

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Ok, so I finished gathering responses for tonight we have 12 out of 62, though I have not yet grabbed any new names from the introduction section yet.  I only sent a few direct DM's last night in order to see if there would be a response.  I will send all of them tonight and keep you posted.

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OK, please send what you have....If you can send it in UT time that´s even better.......Thanks

 

 

 

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