Learning to Use Exchange Calendar

In order to assist Oracle Calendar users with the transition to Exchange Calendar, OIT is offering several means for you to familiarize yourself with the new service.

Live training is being offered at several levels: Introductory and Advanced, as well as specialized training for “delegates” – those who manage other calendars (for example, rooms or campus officers) – and for those involved in IT support.

Introductory classes are offered as small, hands-on classes in Social Sciences Tower room 104, and as larger lecture-style classes in Humanities Gateway room 1030.  You can check the Exchange Calendar training page for the schedule, and you can enroll via the UC Learning Center (search for “Exchange”.)  Advanced classes are also held in SST 104.  Programs for delegates and IT supporters are scheduled on request.

OIT also offers self-help information on the OIT Exchange web site, with detailed information on how to accomplish many common tasks such as logging in via Outlook Web Access or setting up mobile devices.  There also a FAQ and a collection of known issues related to UCI’s implementation of Exchange.

Advanced Oracle Calendar Tips

Oracle Calendar

Oracle Calendar tool bar

Oracle Calendar

OIT has been supporting the collaborative appointment management tool “Oracle Calendar” for many years.  Users quickly learn how to create appointments, invite colleagues to meetings, and indicate their availability to others.  However, Oracle Calendar has a rich set of useful features you might not be aware of.  Here are some of them.

Group Agenda

If you need to find a time when a group of people can all meet, the most straightforward way is to choose a time that suits you and use the “Check Conflicts” feature on the event creation dialog to see if everyone else is available.  If your colleagues already have a lot of meetings, this kind of hunt for an open spot can be frustrating.  You can also select “Suggest Date/Time” from the Tools menu of the dialog, but Oracle Calendar will exclude times held by tentative or low-priority meetings and include hours that may not be part of your colleagues’ work schedules.

Alternatively, you can open “Group Agenda” from the File/Open menu.  This allows you to browse the calendars of your colleagues in parallel, one day at a time, and use your own judgment as to priorities in selecting a meeting time.

Color Coding

By default, Oracle will color meetings you plan to attend in green, meetings you have declined in red, and meetings that are undecided in blue.  In addition, paler versions of these three colors are used for meetings with a tentative status.  Alternatively, you can elect to have your calendar colored according to meeting priority (red for highest and blue for lowest) or even according to whether you created the meeting and control it (in yellow), or have been invited by another user and don’t control it (in blue.)  Finally, you can set the colors for any of these views in a way that is intuitive to you.  You can access this feature under “Tools/Options…” then under “Agenda/Colors”.

Search

There are three search features available to you in Oracle Calendar.  One allows you to search your own calendar for events matching diverse criteria.  Another allows you to search the directory (the database of Oracle Calendar users and resources.)  A third allows you to quickly look up where a colleague is (say, at a staff meeting.)  All of these options can be found under the “Tools” menu.  Searching your own agenda can also be accessed with ctrl+F or by clicking on the binoculars icon.

Include Non-Subscribers

To a limited extent, you can invite and communicate via email with people who do not use Oracle Calendar.  Simply put an email address in the place of an Oracle Calendar user name, then agree to send email upon creation or change of a meeting’s status.  Oracle Calendar will coordinate with the non-subscriber using the email address you supply.

If you would like more information about Oracle Calendar, consider attending one of OIT’s quarterly classes, accessible through TED.

Mailing List for Palm Users

A discussion list for users of PalmOS-based PDAs at UCI has been created. Topics include Palm PDA software, firmware, hardware, and add-ons like carrying cases, cameras, GPS systems, and so on.

If you currently own a Palm PDA or are considering purchasing one, please join us at https://maillists.uci.edu/mailman/listinfo/uci-palm

Mailing lists dedicated to other technologies are available as well. There are lists for the major platforms (Macintosh, Linux, Windows), research software (Mathematica, Matlab, SAS, SPSS), and UCI software services (Oracle Calendar, Webfiles).

A selection of useful lists can be found at: http://www.nacs.uci.edu/org/nacslists.html

You can find the full (very long) list of UCI mailing lists at: https://maillists.uci.edu/mailman/listinfo/

Manage Rooms and Equipment with Oracle Calendar

Oracle Calendar (formerly CorporateTime) is an on-line calendar service for faculty and staff operated by NACS for campus units. Users can schedule meetings with one another as well as manage calendars on others’ behalf. More information can be found at: http://www.nacs.uci.edu/ct/

Oracle Calendar also accommodates schedules for rooms or equipment. Called resource accounts, the agendas for these items can be shared within a unit or a specific set of people. Resource accounts are available at no cost.

The School of Information and Computer Science is one unit on campus using this feature. It allows ICS faculty and staff to check the availability of conference rooms managed by the ICS Dean’s Office and to request reservations for these rooms.

ICS staff and faculty can check room availability on-line and then send Diane Triantis (dtrianti@uci.edu) an email to reserve a room. ICS staff and faculty who need assistance with the installation and use of Oracle Calendar may contact Janet Salk (jsalk@uci.edu).

Departments who are interested in using Oracle Calendar to schedule shared resources are invited to contact NACS (nacs@uci.edu, x42222).