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Integrating Google Calendars into Axis LMS

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How to use Google Calendar in Axis LMS.

Do you have a Google Calendar you currently want to share with your users within your LMS? Would you like to share important dates with your users but don’t want to use the built in Axis LMS calendar? Now you can embed your Google calendar into different areas of Axis LMS with ease.

Google’s Calendar is an exceptionally versatile, intuitive tool, and if you have a gmail account, your calendar is just waiting to be used.

When implemented in conjunction with Axis LMS, you can eliminate redundancy, and consolidate to one calendar to share with all of your users. Take full advantage of all the different assets that your gmail account provides you with, and explore the how Axis LMS allows you to integrate them directly into your system.

Integrating Google Calendars into Axis LMS

You have the ability to integrate your Google Calendar on a page in the Axis LMS Learning Portal, as a menu item, on a page within a course or even as a learning object. By getting the embed code from Google, you have the option to embed a monthly, weekly or daily view. These can then be used in conjunction with each other within Axis LMS.

If you’re already using Google Calendars, you may view Axis LMS’s built-in calendars as more redundant than useful. Rather than update both calendars, Google Calendars can be integrated directly into Axis LMS.

Getting the Embed Link

Google Calendar has an embed link, which allows you to place it on just about any page; allowing your visitors to view your shared calendar at your discretion. If you’re already logged into a gmail account, you can collect different calendar embed links by going to calendar.google.com.

Google Calendar

Select the Gear icon from the top right of the page, then select Settings. Once your settings page is open, select the Calendars tab from the top left

Google Calendar

You should now see all of your calendar listed; using the pre-built “Birthdays” as an example, click the Calendar’s blue title.

Google Calendar

You should now be brought to a page which allows you to edit some basic details about the calendar, as well as copy an embed link. Copy either the entire embed code, or just the text between the SRC quotes.

Site Designer

    System > Site Design > Designer > Edit > Add Widget > Other > Embedded Web Page

Your Google Calendar can be added to any of your Portal Designers [Learning Portal, Account Website, System Website], so an important decision you’ll need to make is who should be able to see your calendar. The Learning Portal is the only portion of the site which is gated behind an Active User; the Account Website and System Website can be visited by anyone.

After you’ve decided where to add your Google Calendar, you’ll want to add an Embedded Web Page widget to that page. Using the Google Calendar Embed code, you’ll parse it down to only the https address from within the SRC=”” attribute.

If your embed link look like this:

    iframe src=”https://calendar.google.com/calendar/embed?src=admin%40company.com&ctz=America/New_York” style=”border: 0″ width=”800″ height=”600″ frameborder=”0″ scrolling=”no”

You would only only use the underlined portion, ( “https://calendar.google.com/calendar/embed?src=admin%40company.com&ctz=America/New_York” )

Course

    Learning > Online Courses > Manage Online Courses > Manage > Page Manager > Section > Subsection > Add Content > Webpage

If you’d like your Google Calendar embedded directly into your courses as a line item, you will use the same link as above (https://calendar.google.com/calendar/embed?src=admin%40company.com&ctz=America/New_York). It is recommended that the height of the line item be no less than 600 pixels, or you risk the calendar being so compressed, it’s unusable by your users.

A Calendar on your Courses is particularly useful if there are due dates associated with the course in question, allowing your users to use their time in the course more effectively.

Learning Module

    Learning > Online Courses > Learning Objects > New Learning Object > New Web Object > Embedded Web Page

If you don’t want you calendar to take up such a large space in your course, you can also create it as a Learning Module which takes up as much space as a Graded Quiz, but can be opened to view in a separate window.

Menu Item

    System > Site Design > Learning Portal Website > Settings > Menu Builder

If you’d like your calendar to be accessible from anywhere a logged in user may be in your system, then a Menu Item spans across the entire system, and is accessible in just two clicks from any page.

menu

Select a top level menu from the left of your menu builder, then add a new menu item on the right. Select Open a New Webpage then, in the input that appears below, enter the same URL as you have in both the Portal Designer and Course (https://calendar.google.com/calendar/embed?src=admin%40company.com&ctz=America/New_York).

Name the menu item and select an icon and, after saving your changes, your Google Calendar should be accessible from any page where a user is logged into your system,

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