The Calendar block is a WebPET feature. You can add events to the Calendar block as part of an active teaching approach.
Students can also add events (eg group meetings) in the Calendar and personalise their student view. You can export the Calendar to Outlook.
The Calendar feature helps students keep track of events within the topic (including assignment due dates) and take responsibility for their learning. They can also export the Calendar into their personal calendar (eg Microsoft Outlook, Google Calendar) for better access.
You do not need to add the calendar tool to the topic; it is part of WebPET and enabled by default.
Think about how your students might use the calendar tool to help them be independent learners in your topic, and promote it to them in your introduction/orientation to the FLO site.
Some assessment items will automatically go in the Calendar (eg assignment) but you can also manually add key dates. (Students can also add key dates.)
In the topic, locate the Calendar block (usually on the right-hand side)
Click the month name to enter full view
Click New event
Specify Type of event. If Topic, the entry will be shown to the entire class. If User, it will be private to you only
Specify an Event title and Description
Choose the Date and time of the event
Click Save changes
Export the calendar to Outlook
You can import events in your FLO site into your Outlook calendar (or another calendar). This may help you manage the topic/events. There are two steps in this process: in FLO and in Microsoft Outlook.
Open your calendar by clicking on the month link
Click on iCal
The calendar will download
Now you can import the calendar into Microsoft Outlook