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Calendar in Moodle

Did you know Moodle has a built-in calendar?

Screen shot of Moodle Calendar block

Using the Calendar

  • The Moodle Calendar block is always visible on your Dashboard. It may also be visible in particular courses if a Teacher in the course has added it.
  • Orange highlights indicate dates with course-related events, such as deadlines for Moodle Assignments and Quizzes or Scheduler appointments in courses you are enrolled in.
  • In the Calendar block, hover your mouse cursor over a date to see events on that date.
  • You can also click on the month name to view the calendar full-screen.
  • Click on an event to go straight to the corresponding Assignment, Quiz, etc.
  • Add your own “user” events to the calendar by expanding it to full-screen and clicking the New Event button (Only you will see the “user” events you add.)

Feeding Moodle Calendar Data to another Calendar Program

If you already use a Google, Outlook/Office365 or iCal calendar, you can link your Moodle calendar to it so that it displays Moodle calendar events as well. Changes made to your Moodle calendar after you set up the link will also appear in the calendar program, although it may take up to 24 hours, since calendar systems have different sync schedules.

Notes:

  • This creates a one-way feed only. Moodle events will show up on your Google/Outlook/etc. calendar, but events from that calendar will not show up in Moodle.
  • There is no way at this time to limit the feed to particular courses; if you want to include course events in the feed, you will see them for all courses you are enrolled in.

Step 1. Get a Calendar URL from Moodle

  1. Expand the Moodle Calendar to full-screen (click on the month name in the Calendar block), and click the Export Calendar

Screen shot of Moodle Export calendar page

  1. Choose your export options; we recommend Events to Export = All Events and Time Period = Recent and next 60 days.
  2. Click the Get calendar URL
  3. Copy the URL generated beneath the button, and use it to add a calendar feed to your preferred calendar program. See below for Office 365 and Google instructions.

Step 2. Add that URL to Your Preferred Calendar Program

Most calendar programs will give you the option to add or subscribe to a calendar using a URL, although exact steps vary. We’ve included examples for Office 365, Outlook 2016 (desktop client), and Google Calendar below. If you use a different program, search its online support pages for details.

For Office 365 and Outlook 2016 (and later):

For best results, add the calendar URL in Office 365 using the steps below, even if the Outlook desktop client is your primary mail program. Calendars added to the web version will show up in the desktop version.

  1. Click on the “waffle” icon (nine squares) in upper left and choose the Calendar
  2. Click Add Calendar and choose From internet.

Screen shot Add calendar from Internet menu option

  1. Paste the URL you copied from Moodle where indicated, give the calendar a name, and click Save.

See Microsoft’s Working with Multiple Calendars for more information.

For Google Calendar:

  1. Click the Other calendars drop-down menu, and choose Add by URL.

Screen shot Add Calendar in Google

  1. Paste the URL you copied from Moodle into the pop-up dialog window.
  2. Click Add Calendar.

See Google Calendar documentation for more information.

Make sure your documents show up correctly in search results

Have an important PDF or Office document you’re posting to the website or a blog? Want to make sure people can find it?

Many aspects of Google’s search algorithm are a trade secret, but we do know some things it definitely looks for, and we need to take these things into account when we put files on the web.

Check the following items before uploading a new document, or double check them and re-upload your document (with the same file name!) if you notice that your document is showing up in search results with a not-so-informative or potentially confusing title (e.g. we’d ideally want the PDF in the below screenshot to show up with a title more unique than “Bryn Mawr College”), or if your audience seems to be having a hard time finding the document.

1. Include a title at the top of your document (in text, not as an image.)

2. Use headings (the heading styles in Word are given a bit more weight in search results than normal body text, as is the case with headings in a regular web page)

3. For PDFs: Add a title in Adobe Acrobat Pro by editing the document’s properties.

  • Under File, click Properties
  • Add an informative title in the Title field, click OK, and save your changes.

 4. Make sure the important web pages that link to your document have good titles and headings.

 

Converting a PDF into an Editable Document

Bryn Mawr College computers have access to various Adobe software packages, including Illustrator, Photoshop and Presenter. Assistance for these products and many others is available at LinkedIn Learning. For more information about Adobe product help, please reference our post here: http://techbar.blogs.brynmawr.edu/4335

Converting a PDF into an editable document requires Adobe Acrobat Professional. If you do not have access to Adobe Acrobat Pro, please contact the Help Desk at 610-526-7440 or help@brynmawr.edu to discuss availability options.