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Google Calendar’s in Your Future

052610Feature1_GoogleCalYou have a personal Google calendar? If you don’t already, you soon will, with the campus’ move to iSpartan (Google).

Over the past year, the number of departments and programs with a Google calendar has grown. And it will grow even more, as these iSpartan Google calendars will be added to a central directory later this summer.

But first, they need to have a Google calendar. If a unit, department, program or student group wants to be on the iSpartan Calendar Directory, they need to create and manage a Google Calendar through iSpartan.

Several training sessions in the coming weeks will cover navigating and updating Google calendars.

ITS Google Calendar training – which will offer a preview of the directory web page – will be on May 26 (10-11:30 a.m.) and June 9 (10-11:30 a.m. and 2-3:30 p.m.) in Forney 112. Sign up for training at https://freyr.uncg.edu/workshops/list_by_category.jsp?cat_id=77001912. Additional classes will be offered this summer.

The campus’ Web3 Project Team was charged by the Web Oversight Committee to research web calendaring at UNCG. This charge included an analysis regarding the needs of the university and recommendations regarding solutions. The Web3 Team reported that Google Calendar was the best option for several reasons:

  • UNCG is migrating to Google Apps for Education (GAFE), which includes Google Calendar. Therefore additional resources would not be required.
  • Google Calendar does not require management by one central group, but is designed to allow departments, units and groups the ability to create and manage their own calendars.
  • Google Calendar provides multiple options for publishing and distributing event information, such as giving users the ability to subscribe to official UNCG calendars within their own personal Google Calendar.

More information about how staff and faculty may best use the central directory will be published later, once a large number of calendars from thoughout campus have been added.

Those with questions regarding UNCG’s iSpartan Google Calendar system may contact Helen Hebert at Helen_Hebert@uncg.edu.