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About Calendar

Use the Calendar tool to arrange and visualize your course events in multiple views and enable integration of course content and your Calendar.

You can use iCal to synchronize the Calendar tool to your personal calendars (such as Outlook and Google Calendar, as well as iPhone, Android, and Blackberry).

There are two different types of events in the Calendar tool:

  • Availability events

    Availability events indicate the availability and due dates of course objects in the Calendar tool, but do not have to be created using the Calendar tool. Once you are enrolled in a course, all objects for that course that you enable to display in the calendar will be visible. You can set due dates for course objects, edit, and delete availability events directly from the Calendar tool.

  • General (Content) events

    These are events you create within the Calendar tool. You can create multiple events for the same course object, and include details of presenters, location, and a seating chart for the event.

Interface overview

Calendar is comprised of five interface elements: the calendar views panel, calendar content area, calendar menu area, mini calendar, and Task pane.

Calendar user interface

Use the calendar views area to toggle between different display layouts for events in the calendar content area. Use the Agenda view to group your course events by Date, Course, or Category - events display in chronological order, and all-day events display at the top of each grouped listing. Use the Day, Week, and Month views to group your events in daily, weekly, or monthly increments. Use the List view to filter your events by Dropbox, Checklists, Discussions, Grades, Materials, Modules, Quizzes, and Surveys. You can also make bulk changes to dates and visibilty in the List view. Finally, you can Print, adjust your calendar Settings, or Browse through your calendars.

Inside the calendar content area, you can create events, set due dates, import events, and browse through your calendar.

Use the calendar menu to select multiple calendars to display, change the color scheme associated with individual calendars, and add new calendars.

Use the mini calendar to navigate quickly to a specific day, week, or month. To view a specific day in detail, click the Day calendar view, then click on the day you wish to view in detail in the mini calendar. Your calendar content will load to the day selected in the mini calendar. To view a specific week in detail, click the Week calendar view, then click on any day in the week you wish to view in detail in the mini calendar. To view a specific month in detail, click the Month calendar view, then click on any day in that month you wish to view in detail in the mini calendar. To browse through the mini calendar's months, click the Show [Previous Month] and  Show [Next Month] icons.

Use the task pane to create, track, and maintain personal tasks.

Access the Calendar tool

Do one of the following:

  • Click Calendar on the navbar.
  • Click Go to Calendar from the Calendar widget action menu.

View a course schedule

  1. Select a course from the calendar menu.
  2. You will see the course name displayed as the menu name. Click on it to view that course's schedule.

View event details

Do one of the following:

  • Click on the event in the day, week, or month view to access a partial display of event details.
    • Click Moreā€¦ to see full event details in these views, including any content available for viewing.
  • Click the event in the List view to access full event details.

Displaying events in Agenda view

View as an agenda

To display calendar content in the Agenda view, click Agenda in the calendar views area.

Change event grouping

You can change how events in the agenda are grouped using the Date, Course, and Category options in the calendar content area.

Change time range

To change the time range of the list of events in the Agenda view, toggle the left- and right-facing arrows. Your choices are:

  • Today and tomorrow
  • Next 7 days
  • Next 14 days.

Displaying events by day, week, or month

Click between the Day, Week, and Month buttons to toggle the way the calendar displays events.

Change core hours

  1. Click Settings in the calendar views area.
  2. Set your core hours. Click Save.

Note  It is more important to set core hours if you are viewing your calendar on a smaller resolution screen. Core hours determine the minimum height of the day and week view, and the shaded areas of the calendar.

Hide or show weekends

  1. Click Settings in the calendar views area
  2. Under Core Hours on the Settings page, clear the checkbox next to Show weekends. Click Save.

Displaying events in List view

In the List view, you can see all your course events in a list. You can also filter them by type: Dropbox, Checklists, Discussions, Grades, Materials, Modules, Quizzes, and Surveys.

You can select any or all events and make bulk changes to visibility and event dates. This is helpful if you need to work on content without having it visible to students immediately.

Modify visibility for multiple events

  1. Click List in the calendar views area.
  2. Select the checkboxes beside the events you'd like to make changes to. Select the checkbox at the top of the list to select all events.
  3. Click the More Actions button, and select Change Event Visibility.

Offset dates for multiple events

  1. Click List in the calendar views area.
  2. Select the checkboxes of the events you'd like to make changes to. Select the checkbox at the top of the list to select all events.
  3. Click the More Actions button, and select Offset Dates.

Printing calendars

You can print a daily, weekly, or monthly calendar from the calendar views area, as well as an agenda or list view of your calendar. Click Print and select your Print Options.