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5.1. Calender

5.1.1. Overview of all calenders
5.1.2. Course calender
5.1.3. Group calender
5.1.4. Subscribe calender changes
5.1.5. Export calendar (iCal)
5.1.6. Write-permission for calender
5.1.7. Add appointment
5.1.8. Link appointment to course element
5.1.9. Change / remove appointments
5.1.10. Show appointments on "home"-page

There are different calendars in OPAL:

  • your personal calender (in 'Home')
  • calenders of courses (in the respective learning resource, if activated)
  • group-calender (in project, learning and rightgroups, if activated)

5.1.1. Overview of all calenders

You can get an overview over all your calenders via "My calendar" at the 'Home'-page (green arrow, Figure 1). This calender gives you the possibilities to view your personal appointments as well as integrate group, course and external calenders.

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Figure 1

Activate the checkbox in front of a calender to show its appointments in your personal calender (Figure 2).

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Figure 2

All appointments of the same calender are presented by the same color (as shown in the calendar-list). So it's easy to differentiate between the different calenders. You can change the color with the button next to the name of the calender in the list of the calenders (Figure 3).

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Figure 3

5.1.2. Course calender

To use a calender for your course, activate it in the course properties on the courses details page. Within the file-card "Calendar" you can acitvate the calendar (Figure 4).

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Figure 4

If you want to add a course calender to your personla calender go to the course and open the calender in the "General"-menu (Figure 5).
A new browser tab/window opens where you need to click the button "Add to personal calendar" (Figure 6).

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Figure 5

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Figure 6

5.1.3. Group calender

To create a calender for a learning group, start the course and go to the "group management". Choose the respective leaning group via "Edit" and go to the file-card "Tools". There you can activate the calender (Figure 7). When the calender is activated you can assign rights for participants (read only or edit incl. delete).

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Figure 7

To create a calender for a project group, start the group and go to "Administration" in the menu on the left side. Within the file-card "Tools" you can activate the calender (Figure 8) and also assign rights for participants (read only or edit incl. delete).

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Figure 8

5.1.4. Subscribe calender changes

If you click on the link "Subscribe" in the upper right corner of a calender you'll be informed about any changes in the calender. You'll get these informations by e-mail and via the OPAL-notification-system. You can also "Unsubscribe" at the same place. (Figure 9)

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Figure 9

5.1.5. Export calendar (iCal)

Course calenders and its appointments can be exported to other programs via the iCal-format (Figure 10).

Existing iCal-Feeds can be deleted or generated again (to export new appointments) at the same place.

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Figure 10

5.1.6. Write-permission for calender

You can have read- or write-permission for a calender. You have write-permission for a calender as:

  • owner of a course for all calenders that exist in the course (including all right group calenders, learning group calenders and the course calender itself,
  • participant of a right group in a course with the right to access the "group management" for every learning group calender,
  • participant of a right group in a course with the right to access the "course editor" for the course calender,
  • tutor of a learning group for the groups calender,
  • owner of a working group.

It's also possible to assign write-permission to every participant in groups (Figure 11). With this option its possible that e.g. students can add appointments to a learning group or associates add appointments to a project group.

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Figure 11

5.1.7. Add appointment

There are two way to add a new appointment to a calender (where you have write-permission):

  • Via the button add "event" next to the name of the calendar,
  • via choosing the time slot in the calender.

In both cases a new dialog opens, where you can state the following:

Calender: the calender the appointment shall belong to.
Subject: the title which shall appear in the calender.
Location: optionally you can state a location for the appointment.
Biginning/ End/ All day: time slot of the appointment

It is possible to define recurring appointments (e.g. for lectures). Therefor edit the field "Recurrence".

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Figure 12

In the field "Visibility" you can configure the access to your appointment. Only the appointment-creator can see the appointment at "Private", everybody can see the appointment (incl. details) with the "Public" setting. If you set the visibility to "Time visible only" other users only see that there is an appointment, but can't see the details (Figure 13).

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Figure 13

If you hold write access to more than one calendar the button Save and copy will help you to copy an entry to all of your calendars.

5.1.8. Link appointment to course element

In the calenders of a learning resource it's possible to link an appointment to a course element (file-card "Link"). This link is shown in the details of the respective appointment.

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Figure 14

5.1.9. Change / remove appointments

You can change or remove an appointment by selecting the respective entry with a mouseclick. A new frame appears, where you can edit the appointment or remove it with a click on "Delete this entry" (Figure 15).

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Figure 15

5.1.10. Show appointments on "home"-page

The next appointments, that are activated for the personal calendar are also shown in the area "My calender" on your home area (Figure 16). Maybe you have to activate this function first, see Configure home page.

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Figure 16