Activities: Scheduler

mod_scheduler
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An appointment scheduler for planning face-to-face meetings between teachers and students. Teachers can set up time slots, and students can choose one of these on Moodle.

Scheduler 2.0.1 for Moodle 2.0, 2.1, 2.2

Note This plugin version is no longer available here in the plugins directory.

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Gavin Henrick
Friday, 2 December 2011, 6:12 AM
Usability
10/10
General comments

Is it simple to install?

Yes.It was easy to install. After Idownloaded the zip, and unzipped it there was a folder called scheduler. I uploaded this into the moodle/mod folder of my Moodle site. When logging in as admin to the site I was prompted to upgrade to install the module. It installed and produced no errors.

It did create a number of global settings which as normal I left as default for my review.

 

Does it do what it promises?

Yes and more. I always liked this activity with Moodle 1.9 and now it is available for Moodle 2 it is great news. It is easy to use, has lots of good features and has plenty of documentation. This provides a much-needed feature for scheduling appointments with reminders and personally would love to see this or a similar feature end up in core Moodle as it is useful to academic and corporate training world.

Usability

Is there documentation for it?

The plugin entry has a brief overview on how it works but the Moodle Docs page provides a good overview and then details all the screens that a teacher or student can see, and explains the key features and settings. The README.txt in the zip also provides good installation information.

Is it easy for the teacher/admin to use?

This is a very nice activity for the teacher to use. There are a number of tasks the teacher can do with this:

Create the scheduler activity

This entails setting the overall settings for the scheduling in addition to the name and description; for example whether a student can only register one appointment total, or just one at a time and whether it is graded.

The activity options are:

  • Role name of teacher
  • Mode - (One single appointment vs. One at a time)
  • Reuse guard time
  • Default slot duration - (length in minutes for the slots you set up)
  • Grade - (if you wish to grade and if so, the value)
  • Grading Strategy
  • Notifications - (teachers and students can receive notifications when appointments are booked or cancelled.)

Add Slots (multiple or single)

When adding a single slot, you specify exactly when it is, the start time, duration and other details related to the booking. When adding multiple slots you specify a range and what days/times you want the slots created between.

Add multiple slots

Some of the features I really like are the reminder emails which can be sent some days before the slot or on the morning of the appointment.

It is also possible to schedule the appointment for the student rather than having them do it themselves which is good if someone has forgotten to book.

There are a number of other features such as the reporting on statistics which can be reported by student, teacher, slot duration or group size which is very neat!

Is it easy for the learner/student to use?

It is a very straight forward option for the student. They are presented with the range of options and can choose one.

Once they select and save the selection goes bold so it is easy to identify. The reminder emails are great way of ensuring attendance at the appointment.