- Schedulers in Brightspace
- Choosing a Scheduler tool
- Instructor Scheduling Meetings and Presentations
- Student Scheduling Presentations and Meetings
A Scheduler is a calendar tool that helps with booking meetings/events in a course. Schedulers are most commonly used to block out times in your calendar for meetings, such as office hours or one-on-one conversations with students. Students can sign up for a time slot within the appointment range and join at their allotted time via a link or in person. Both students and instructors can see the scheduled appointments. Schedulers might also be used when asking students to sign up for a specific presentation date, to sign up for a specific presentation topic, to sign up for topics in a course that has optional assignments/discussions, or for students to indicate which weekly assignments/discussions they plan to participate in.
While D2L Brightspace does not have a built-in scheduler tool, there are workarounds that can meet your scheduling needs.
Options for scheduling include:
- Self-enrollment Groups
- Discussion Forums
- Zoom registration
- An Excel sheet
- MS Bookings
The advantages and disadvantages of each of these workarounds is explored in the table below. More detailed information on each of the tools can be found in the sections titled Instructor Scheduling Meetings and Presentations and Student Scheduling Presentations and Meetings.
|Use Case/Type of Meeting||Tool||Advantages||Drawbacks|
|Booking instructor office hours
|Scheduling instructor meetings
||Shared Excel Document via MS Teams||
|Zoom with Self-Enrollment Groups||
|Sign-up for student presentations
|Sign-up for topics
||Discussion Board Post||
Use Case Examples:
- Instructor wants students to sign up for a time slot during their office hours.
- Instructor wants students to use the Scheduler to book a time with them to discuss work.
Use Case Examples:
- Students are required to sign up for a specific date to present their work in class.
- Students are required to sign up for a specific topic, which corresponds to a date.
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