Doodle

Doodle

http://doodle.com

Tool Category: Communication Tool, Collaboration Tool, Productivity Tool

Description: Doodle is a scheduling application on the web. The way it works is that you send out a request to a group requesting availability for scheduling a meeting or activity. Say you want to get together with your friends to celebrate your recent graduation from UH, that’s when Doodle comes in handy. You select a handful of available dates and times and send to your buddies.  They receive an email asking them to select their availability from the schedule you provided. You get responses and schedule the meeting based on everyone’s availability.

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Here’s what Doodle has to say:

Doodle simplifies scheduling.

  • Doodle offers a wide selection of online solutions that radically simplify the process of scheduling appointments, ranging from the group event “poll” that doesn’t require registration to the professional booking service.
  • Connect your calendar with Doodle. Start and answer meeting requests directly in the calendar interface.
  • Doodle Mobile: Enables you to use Doodle on the go. By using your mobile device, you can respond to a meeting poll, initiate a poll, and see all of your polls at a glance.

Need to Know:  It’s also available on mobile devices. It’s free, a web-based application and it requires no additional download (unless you plan on using it for mobile devices).

What You Need: All you need is a keyboard, a mouse, and an internet connection. It’s a web-based application and requires no downloads or installations. You might also need some patience b/c SOME people don’t respond!

The Steps:

  1. Go to doodle.com and create an account with your Google, Facebook or email account.
    DoodleAccount
  2. You will be taken to the Doodle dashboard where you will create a poll to schedule an event or a poll to make a choice.
    DoodleEventorPoll

    1. “Schedule an event” is for available dates and times.
    2. “Make a choice” is for selecting from a list of choices.
  3. Select “Schedule an event” or “Make a choice”.
    Doodle Steps

    1. Provide General information about your poll.
    2. Select the “Time proposals” for your event.
    3. Select the “Settings” for your event.
      1. Yes-No-Ifneedbe Poll: By default all options are selectable. This setting limits the choice to one option per participant.
      2. Hidden Poll: By default all options are selectable. This setting limits the choice to one option per participant.
      3. Participant can only choose one option: By default all options are selectable. This setting limits the choice to one option per participant.
      4. Limit the number of participants per option: Poll as registration form: As soon as the indicated limit has been reached, the respective option is no longer available.
    4. Enter the email addresses of the people you would like to “Invite”.
  4. An email with a Doodle link will be sent to the participants. The participants will be taken to the poll and they make their selections.
  5. When participants respond, an email notification will be sent to the creator letting them know that they have received responses.

Educational Resource: Curriculum Manager Erin Seay at the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine was tasked with revising the curriculum and had to schedule meetings for 15 committees and each committee was made up of about 18 faculty members. A major hurdle she faced was that not all members shared the same calendar system so she couldn’t look up a faculty members calendar to check their availability. Erin used Doodle to help poll and schedule meetings with all the faculty members, she posted the polls on the intranet.

Source: http://elearnmag.acm.org/archive.cfm?aid=2003350

In the Teaching Environment: Since teachers and faculty members dictate the deadlines for courses, I imagine teaching staff using it for polling students and for setting up office hours with students.

I see the students taking better advantage of Doodle. For our VoiceThread project, I sent our group members a scheduling poll to see when we could meet over Skype to discuss our project. Students an use it to coordinate available times to collaborate.

Advantages: Since it is web-based, it is accessible to anyone with an internet connection. No need to communicate with assistants or individual calendars to coordinate an event. All it takes is the click of a link, check the dates your available and click the “Save” button.

Disadvantages: Their is a paid premium account and you will see some ads for the free version.

Recommend: Yes. It is an easy tool to organize a meeting or to poll a group’s choices.

 

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