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Scheduling for parent conferences can be time consuming and logistically overwhelming. We are experimenting with a new method for scheduling parent conferences this year. We have added a module to our Moodle platform called Scheduler. Once it has been installed, it will appear in the Add an Activity dropdown menu when editing a course.
Setup options include establishing duration of appointments that will appear on your schedule and a function that sends email notifications when appointments are made or canceled.
Once you have created the schedule, you have to modify the schedule by setting the dates and times. There is another notification option here that can remind students of their appointment days or weeks in advance.
Once you have set your parameters for your schedule, it will look something like this. A student can simply check the time choice to book an appointment
The schedule is further customizable, teachers can also delete slots in the schedule when they are unavailable.
A course has been created on our Moodle site specifically for parent conferences and we hope to start using the scheduler early next week. We have created a schedule for each teacher and all students booking conferences will be joining the course.