As you know, being that students use Gmail and Google for their calendar, they can’t schedule an appointment with you the way other faculty and staff can. This can make it a pain for faculty to book student conferences or advising appointments. However, with our Microsoft 365 campus license comes a bunch of interesting applications and one of them is Bookings. Bookings provides a way to allow students to schedule appointments with you ONLY within parameters that you choose.
HOW YOU SET UP BOOKINGS
With Bookings you set up all of your acceptable parameters. You can set up:
Bookings then generates a “Bookings Page” that is where users can go to book an appointment with you. You can link this page in your email signature or in OAKS for easy student access.
HOW OTHERS SCHEDULE WITH YOU
Bookings feeds off your Outlook calendar for availability, so even if you manually add an appointment to your calendar it will not be available on the Bookings page.
I really like the Bookings app. It saves me from going back and forth with people in order to compare availability. It’s simple and easy for you and for the end user/student. Give it a try!
- Go to http://portal.office.com
- Click Explore all your apps –>
- Scroll down and click Bookings to get started
If you want to know more just let us know! We are happy to show you how to set it up and use it.