The Chat tool is a real-time, text-based collaboration tool.

You can use the Chat tool to brainstorm ideas, hold a question and answer period, have a debate or discussion, or organize a remote study group. As opposed to other collaboration tools, such as Discussions, Chat conversations occur in real-time. You can set up course specific chat rooms or chat rooms that involve individuals from all over the organization.

There are two types of chat:

Using the Chat Tool

Chat rooms are grouped as General (course) chats or Personal chats. You can only access General chats from the appropriate course. You can access Personal chats from anywhere in Learning Environment.

To access the Chat Tool
Click the Chat link on the course navigation bar.

To add a chat message
Type a message in the text box at the bottom of the chat room, and press Enter on your keyboard or click Send.

To refresh your chat window
If you think new messages are not appearing on your screen fast enough, click Refresh at the top of the chat. This option appears when you select New Messages in Settings.

To see who else is chatting
The Participants pane displays a list of users currently signed in to a chat room.

To manage your chat settings
1. Do one of the following:
On the Chat List page, click Settings.
Inside a chat, click Settings.
2. Enter a new alias in the Alias field. Depending on your permissions, you can change your alias, or chat name, if you want to appear as a different name, such as a nickname, to other chat participants.
3. Select the check boxes for Bold or Italics.
4. Set an Alias Color.

If you want to change the message order, select New to Old or Old to New.
If you want to see new messages only, select New Messages. This requires you to manually refresh the screen, to see new messages and remove all old ones.

All the users who are taking part in the chat

The conversation between the users.

To take part in the chat, you must write text in this area and then press add.

Use the chat when you want to:
Take a quick vote among your team members.
Appoint someone to lead a particular project.
Instantly assign responsibilities and deadlines for a project.
Conduct a quick meeting to keep your team "on track".

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