Google Calendar and Concourse
Concourse is a good system, but sometimes it needs a little help. Personally, I have never been a big fan of the Concourse calendar tool. Other people use it well, and more power to them! Over the past few years, however, I have become a fan of Google Calendar. Here are some of the reasons why:
- Our students use Google mail, so a Google calendar is easily accessible to them outside Concourse
- Students who use Google calendar can subscribe to a calendar, adding its events to their display
- A Google calendar can be embedded into a Concourse page
- The calendars are prettier than Concourse’s
The big disadvantage is that Concourse events can’t be automatically added to a Google calendar. A quiz or assignment created in Concourse can be automatically added to that system’s calendar – and linked to the item. However, I know of very few peope at Notre Dame who use this feature.
There’s lots of information on Google Calendar at the LT Lab website, so I won’t try to explain it here in 30 words or less. Here’s the link you have all been waiting for, though, a cheat sheet on how to add a Google Calendar to Concourse. You can also try the video below.