We have a couple of different workflows to help you manage drop-in appointments remotely via Handshake, as well as tips for using a waiting room and processing check-ins.
Possible workflows include: external video links, setting up an appointment as an event, and using a waiting room.
This article provides details on each to help you choose the best option for your institution and students!
Setting up an event for drop-ins
When managing virtual drop-in appointments via Handshake, we recommend creating an event. The event could be titled something like "Office Hours", and you can include in the event description that you'll be hosting drop-ins during this time. Students can register for the event and show up on a first come, first serve basis. You can market this to students via Emails in Handshake, or pin the event for students as well.
Using a waiting room
One thing we've seen other institutions have success with is utilising the waiting room feature of your video meeting platform. For example, here at Handshake we use Zoom's waiting room. For more information, check out Zoom's article: https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/115000332726-Waiting-Room.
WebEx may also have a similar feature as this.
This allows you to create a meeting and send the link to students, who can then join the meeting anytime and will be placed into the waiting room. Once it's time for the session to start, you can pull students out of the waiting room one at a time into a meeting.
If you'd like to check students into the drop-in appointment event, you could have another tab/window open with a check-in kiosk launched (with "keep me logged in" enabled). When you pull students from the waiting room, ask the students for their emails, then input their email into the check-in kiosk. This would also let you record the appointment like you would normally do in person, and complete it later.
This will then place the student in the waiting room where you can then assign who is taking the drop-in appointment.
Note: this is the only way to mark a student as checked in to an appointment if you are not using integrated video on Handshake.
For more information on engaging with students remotely, check out Maximising Digital Engagement via Handshake!