This is the 14th entry, in the Moodle Tricks of the Trade series.
Moodle has a built-in calendar mechanism, which is often underused or incorrectly used – which is a shame as it can be a very powerful tool to help students to organise their time, their deadlines, any appointments etc.
What a lot of people don’t realise, is that it is possible to connect a Moodle calendar to another calendar application e.g. Outlook or Google Calendar – and as items are added to the Moodle calendar, these will then (within a few minutes) also appear in Outlook or Google Calendar. Each student or teacher has to make the connection themselves, but once set up, it should just run itself quite nicely, and overlay any Moodle items alongside other items in the other calendars.
This technique is particularly useful when you have students or teachers who are in different time zones, as the Moodle calendar will recognise the user’s timezones (as long as they are correctly set with their profiles), and show the items to them correctly based on that timezone.
The following video shows how to add the Moodle calendar to both Google and Outlook – note, this video will probably soon be out of date, as the different applications keep changing where to find things, but the principle will be the same, and will probably be applicable to other calendar applications as well.