To create a meeting:
Title : This field will identify the meeting in this site’s list of meetings.
Location : This field will appear in the Meeting Details.
Description : This field appears on the Meeting Details and the student Sign-up screen.
Start Time: Fill out the date (with, optionally, the date picker) and the time showing when the meeting will begin. The 24-hour clock is not available, so AM and PM must be used.
End Time: Fill out the date (with, optionally, the date picker) and the time showing when the meeting will end. The 24-hour clock is not available, so AM and PM must be used.
Meeting frequency: To set up recurring meetings, choose an option here. Any of the meeting types can be recurring. Selection of a meeting frequency other than “Once Only” will create a series of entries in the meetings table with the same name but different details, where any of the individual entries can be modified as necessary (see “Editing a meeting”).
Sign-up begins: Enter the point at which the meeting should be opened for sign-up. Before then, participants will not have an active Sign-up button next to a meeting entry. To allow immediate sign-up, choose “Start Now” from the drop-down box.
Sign-up ends: Enter the point relative to the meeting at which to close the sign-up process. This blocks further sign-up by participants, and also blocks cancellation of a meeting for which a participant has already signed up. This period is measured from the scheduled meeting end, allowing sign-up even after the meeting has started, when that is appropriate.
Available to: This field allows you to determine who can sign up for the meeting. You can limit sign-up to members of a group (defined on this site) or extend the sign-up offer to the membership of other sites, by selecting the appropriate checkboxes. The option to extend to other sites allows inclusion of those sites’ members, or groups defined there. The other site must also have the Sign-up Tool in order for its members to participate. Default: Available to members of this site only.
The relevant options for each of the three meeting types appear when that meeting type is selected via its radio button.
Open meeting — No relevant options.
Single slot — Options to choose between Max number (in which case, enter the number of participants allowed) and Unlimited.
Multiple slots—Options create timeslots, either (1) computed to occupy a single continuous time span, or (2) occupying separate irregular time spans manually defined, covering one or more days. Each method creates a single meeting with multiple entries in a timeslot table.
Number of slots available for sign-up: Enter the number of individual timeslots over which to divide the meeting time.
Number of participants per slot: Enter the number of people that can sign up for each slot.
Estimate duration per timeslot (min): This figure, in red, is calculated as a function of the total meeting time span and the number of slots available, and cannot be edited. It allocates the available time across the slots. For example, if the number of slots is defined to be 5, and the start and end times of the meeting span two hours, the duration will be set to 24 (120 minutes divided by 5). A number of slots that does not divide the period evenly will give rise to a warning message and an adjustment of the total span. Note: In any case, the resulting timeslots can be edited, after the meeting is published, through the “Modify” process by selecting “Advanced user-defined timeslots.” See below, “Editing a meeting.”
Advanced user-defined timeslots: Allows a multiple-slot meeting to be defined as a set of irregular timeslot choices, over several days at different times. (Each person can sign up for only one.) Select this checkbox,” then select the “Edit Timeslots” link that appears. Enter new timeslots with the “Add a new timeslot” link, edit the data, and delete extraneous ones with the red X. This option does not allow unlimited participation. A warning that this meeting covers more than one day can be ignored.
Check the appropriate boxes to manage email notifications and the display of participant names. These settings are off by default (value is “no”):
Display Participant Names : “Yes” means that names of participants will be visible to others.
Receive Notification: “Yes” means that the meeting creator will receive email notification when a participant signs up or cancels an appointment.
Announce Availability : “Yes” means that all the potential participants will receive e-mail announcing that this meeting has been published.
Just below that, other default settings can be opened, all with initial values of “Yes”:
Allow Wait List : “Yes” means that a Wait List will be kept, and participants can join it if this meeting is filled to capacity.
User ID InputMode: Yes, I want to use User ID input mode for adding participants. – allows organizer to use User Id rather than choosing from drop down list. Useful for very large classes where drop down list is very long.
Allow Adding Comment : “Yes” means that a participant can add a comment during sign-up.
Auto Reminder : “Yes” means that all attendees of the meeting will receive an e-mail reminder one day in advance.
Publish to Schedule: “Yes” means that the meeting will appear on this site’s Schedule or Calendar tool, regardless of attendance status of the current user.
Publish by clicking either Publish or Assign Participants & Publish. You have the option of assigning participants or allowing them to choose their own timeslots. If you do not choose to assign participants at this time, you may do so later by editing the meeting settings, as described below.