Calendar Appointment Slots vs. Appointment Scheduling

Google Calendar's new appointment schedules offer some improvements over appointment slots:

Calendar Appointment Slots

The existing appointment slot feature in Google Calendar is helpful for internal use cases, specifically if you don't know who needs to meet with you, but you want to make yourself available. For example, professors can invite their students to office hours each week or HR professionals can share availability for benefits Q&A sessions. 

See https://support.google.com/calendar/answer/190998 for more information.

New! Appointment Schedules

The appointment scheduling feature allows users to share their availability via a booking page, which can be used by external stakeholders, clients, and partners to schedule time. It is suited for external use cases: allowing external users, including those without a Google account, to schedule meetings. Additionally, with automatic conflict detection with existing Calendar events, this feature helps reduce time spent finding and rescheduling appointments.

Follow these steps to turn on appointment scheduling on your UAH Google account:

1. Click the settings icon at calendar.google.com

2. Click Appointment schedules on the left-side menu

3. Check the box for Create appointment schedules instead of appointment slots

After updating your Google Calendar settings, you may need to wait until later in the day to try creating an appointment schedule. If you continue to have issues with Google Appointment schedules after waiting at least an hour, please contact the OIT Help Desk.

See https://support.google.com/calendar/answer/11608416 and https://workspaceupdates.googleblog.com/2022/03/blog-post.html for more information.

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Thu 5/12/22 12:01 AM
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