Sometimes, particularly when it’s raining, I like to wander through as many university buildings as I can on my way to my classroom or office to avoid getting wet. And despite how much has changed since I was a student, I’m amazed to still see professors who set up appointments with their students by pinning a piece of paper to their office doors. We can put a man on a blog, but we still rely on paper to schedule appointments? There must be a better way! In fact, there are several.
One option is an website called YouCanBook.Me. It can be used in much the same way as the strip of paper on the door with 1:00, 1:30, 2:00, etc. written down one side, but with many more features. The most obvious is that none of your students have to physically travel to your door to see what appointment times are available. Appointments are made online and can be synced with everyone’s Google calendars, which each user can then sync to phones, online office calendar systems, other Google calendars, etc. The system can also be set to send email alerts when appointments are booked and to automatically close appointment windows when it’s too late to sign up.
There are other systems out there as well with many of these features and more. If you like something other than ycb.me, leave a link in the comments.