Google Calendar has had appointment slots for as long as I can remember, but they’ve always been a bit clumsy.
There were a few problems:
- They only worked well from within your own domain. So, if you offered appointments to someone other than your colleagues or students, they weren’t ideal.
- The experience of the person scheduling them with you was unclear.
- They had to look at them from within a regular calendar view.
Now, Google has offered a solution to those issues. You can now create Google Calendar booking pages that are reminiscent of tools like Calendly and YouCanBookMe. This is super handy for people outside of your domain—like parents scheduling parent/teacher conferences—and they’re much clearer for all parties.
Here are some awesome features:
- You can set the slots up to appear during certain blocks of time!
- You can set it to automatically remove slots that coincide with existing calendar events, keeping you from getting double booked.
- You can also associate a special form with the slots that ask the person to provide you with some information.
- Finally, you can also set it to automatically generate Google Meet links… or not!
This is available in all Education accounts – Fundamentals, Standard, Plus, and the Teaching and Learning Upgrade. It’s not available in some non-education accounts though.
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