BEN Student Manual
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Bearkat EduNav (BEN) is a degree planning tool to help you navigate the path all the way to graduation. With BEN, you plan and register for all your courses in a guided, intuitive system personalized to your needs and preferences. In BEN, you can quickly:
- Visualize your pathway to graduation, term by term
- See when you are expected to graduate – and understand how any changes to your plan affect your graduation timeline
- Plan, schedule and register for all your courses in one intuitive interface
- View your entire academic history including any courses articulated from other institutions
Log into your MySam account and access Bearkat EduNav (BEN) through the Registration Channel.
→ Select Bearkat Registration Dashboard (BRD)
→ Click Add/Drop Button
View Academic History
In Bearkat EduNav (BEN), each term is represented chronologically in a column. Terms with completed or articulated courses will be gray. These terms can be seen to the left when you enter the system under “Completed courses”.
If academic history is collapsed, it can be seen by clicking the “Completed Semesters” bar on the left of the screen.
View Future Semesters
Upon entering Bearkat EduNav (BEN), click on the “What is Next?” bar to the right of the yellow current schedulable terms to see all future terms all the way to your goal
Open Weekly Schedule
To view the weekly schedule view for the current or schedulable term, click on the Weekly schedule link at the bottom of the column of the respective term.
Valid / Not Valid Functionality
Every time you make a change to your plan, Bearkat EduNav (BEN) checks to see if your plan is still valid. A valid plan is one that meets your graduation requirements and that you can register for. You can check your valid status at the top next to “Status”.
If you make a change that invalidates your plan, the status in the menu bar will change to Not Valid and a Fix button will appear. If you want to undo the change, click the Undo button directly left of “Status”.
If you want Bearkat EduNav (BEN) to try to fix your plan, click the “Fix” button next to status. If the system can fix it, the status will change to Valid, and Bearkat EduNav (BEN) will display a dialog box noting that it fixed your plan. If it cannot fix it, either click Undo or Recommend, which will cause Bearkat EduNav (BEN) to regenerate a valid plan.
You can make multiple changes (add a class, move a class, change an instructor, etc.) at once and wait for Bearkat EduNav (BEN) to validate all your changes.
Change Time / Instructor
From the plan view
Hover over the course in the schedulable term you would like to change. Click Change, and then select Change time/instructor. A pop-up window will open which shows all other available options.
From the Weekly schedule view
Hover over the course you would like to change in the course list. Click Change, and then select Change time/instructor.
A pop-up window will open which shows all other available options. As you hover on the options, you can quickly see how they would fit in your weekly schedule. Click Select next to the class you’d prefer, and the plan will automatically update to reflect your change.
Keep or Remove a Course
Hover over the course you would like to keep or remove. Click the star to the left of the course to express a preference to keep a course in your plan. Click the small x located to the left of the course to remove the course from your plan.
Replace a Course
Hover over the course you would like to remove. Click the small x located to the left of the course. This will remove this course from your plan. The system will then check to ensure your plan is still valid. You can always check the status on the menu bar to see the current state of your plan.
A pop-up window will open which shows all other available options that meet that requirement. Hover over the course you’d prefer to take and select Use.
Change Course for Requirement
Hover over the course you would like to change. Click Change, and then select Change course requirement. A pop-up window will open which shows all other available options. Hover over the course you do not want and select Don’t use. Hover over the option you’d prefer, click Use, and then click OK at the top of the dialog box.
Move Course to Another Term
To move a course to another term, simply drag and drop the course to the desired term.
Undo Last Action
If your plan becomes invalid or would simply like to undo the last action you took in customizing your plan, simply click the under button in the tool bar next to “Status”.
Edit Target Credits
The number of credits scheduled, and target credits planned can be seen at the top of each term. The first number listed is the number of credits currently planned. The second blue hyperlinked number is the target credits for that term.
To change the target credits, click the blue hyperlink number and type the number of credits you’d prefer to take.
The system will then check to ensure your plan is still valid. You can always check the status on the menu bar to see the current state of your plan. If it indicates that your plan is now not valid, simply click the blue fix button on the toolbar to have Bearkat EduNav (BEN) return you to a valid plan.
Add a term
Additional terms that can be added to the plan will be denoted as a + sign between the semesters where the term is available. To add a term to your plan, simply click on the + sign. The system will immediately build a new plan with that term added.
Remove a Term
To remove a term, simply drag and drop each of the courses in that term to other terms. Once the term has no courses remaining, click the x to the left of the term name (e.g. SUM 2019) to delete from the plan.
You will be asked to confirm you want to continue with deleting the term. Click OK.
Drop a Registered Course
Hover over the course you would like to drop. Click Change, and then select Mark to drop. A dialog box will appear asking you to confirm that you wish to drop the course. Click Yes. The course will now appear faded and a text box with the word DROP will appear. Click Update registration to complete the action.