Doodle is a free online appointment scheduler that can be used to book meetings and other events with friends, colleagues and anyone else. Email threads trying to book a large number of appointments can quickly become confusing and trying to mark off available and booked time slots on a piece of paper is not conducive for amendments and changes of plans.
The Doodle free appointment scheduler is great because there is no hassle involved, it is incredibly quick, and anyone can use it. It is possible to register for a free account and for a Premium Account, but you do not have to if you just want to create a simple poll.
Free appointment scheduler usable for a variety of functions
So how does Doodle work? Depending on the type of event or meetings you are booking, Doodle works and looks a little different. But for the most part, when creating a basic poll, using the appointment scheduler for free you will be taken through the same steps each time. Let’s take the example of Professor Michael Havies who is a lecturer at a university and is arranging times to see each of his students for one of the modules, to return their coursework and discuss their mark. Professor Havies has up to twenty students, each with their own individual schedule. He cannot designate times to come and see him, but nor does he want to risk the chance of not meeting up with each of them.
Professor Havies decides to set up a poll using the Doodle online appointment scheduler for free. He goes onto the Doodle website and without having to register or sign in, clicks on ‘Schedule an event’.
At this point Professor Havies is asked to enter in the principle details of the appointments he is trying to arrange.
Having entered these into Doodle, the Professor is next required to select the days and times that he is available to meet the students.
After this, Professor Havies must either choose whether he wants to create just a simple poll or implement some of the additional features. He does not want to offer the students the chance to answer ‘If-need-be’ to any of the time slots, and he does not need to create a hidden poll whereby only he can see the responses given by each participant. However, to guard against confusion, he does implement the features whereby the students can only mark their availability for one time slot (he only needs to see them once, and he has no preference as to which time slot they chose, therefore there is no need for them to enter in multiple options) and he also makes it so that only one student can select to come at any one time slot.
Professor Havies is then given the option to enter email addresses into a box and have Doodle send out the invitation to participate in the poll, or to be emailed the link to the poll himself, and then distribute at his own leisure. He chooses the second option, as he has the students’ email addresses in a group on his university email account.
When the students follow the link, they will see something like this:
The green boxes are the time slots that Jacky and Will have already chosen to meet Professor Havies. As you can see, when Nicola comes to select her time slot, she cannot choose 3:00 PM on either Monday 4th or Tuesday 5th and out of the remaining times she can only choose one slot.
Professor Havies can opt to be notified each time someone participates in the poll, and close it when each have responded.
Of course this is just one way that the free appointment scheduler can be used. A variety of different types of polls can be created, and like Professor Havies you can select the additional features you require to tailor your poll to your requirements. No hassle, no stress, it is undoubtedly one of the easiest free online appointment scheduling methods you will find.