CollegeCal: clever, but not clever enough for you to switch
There have been a lot of fliers around campus lately advertising CollegeCal, a Google Calendar-like calendar service promises Georgetown-specific features. It’s a good idea that works well enough, but it’s not good enough to switch from iCal, Google Calendar, or a pen and paper setup.
CollegeCal’s big feature boils down to inputting syllabi and turning the homework listed in them into events, but that’s a pretty great feature. Unfortunately, because it’s skimming syllabi it takes huge chunks of text and often fails to make them mean anything. It also fails to distinguish between reading and work that requires more planning, like essays.
CollegeCal’s founder Dave Kassling wrote in an email that a couple hundred Georgetown students have made CollegeCal accounts. If true, that’s impressive, especially given the student body’s aversion to new internet apps. That that many students signed up is a credit to Kassling’s flyering and smart syllabi importing, but CollegeCal would’ve worked better as an add-on to another calendar system.