Teaching online has its challenges for both students and instructors. For instructors, we struggle with not being able to just talk with students, especially when they are struggling. Although it is not out of the question to request that students come in for office hours, sometimes it’s just easier to do it online. I’ve set up a system to make it convenient for both students and instructors to schedule online conferences using Canvas, Calendly and Google Meet. And it’s all free.
This system works best for us here in MCCCD because both students and faculty have Google accounts, and we use them frequently. I created a video walking through the steps for setting up this system that integrates Calendly with Google Calendar and Google Meet.