Before you can use the Chat tool, you need to set up a chat room.  This involves creating a room, deciding who should have access to the room, and entering the room to start a chat session.

From the Course Home Page, click on Chat within the Communication dropdown menu.

chat menu

On the "Chat List" page, click the New Chat button towards the top of the page.

new chat

Enter a title and description (if desired) for your chat room.  Also select whether you would like it to be a "General chat" or a "Personal chat"

  • General chat - Available to everyone in the course. 
  • Personal chat - Only available to the users who are added to the member list (see Steps 4-6).

Then, click the Create button at the bottom of the page. This will take you back to the "Chat List" page.

create new chat

If you have created a "General chat", skip down to enter chat.

If you have created a "Personal chat", you will now need to add participants to the chat room.  Click the dropdown associated with your chat room and select View Members. This will take you to the "Chat Members" page.

view chat members

On the Chat Members page, you will see the list of current members.  To add members, click the Add Members button towards to the top of the page.  This will bring up a pop-up window.

add chat members

In the pop-up window, click the check box next to each user you would like to add.  Then, click the Add button.  This will close the pop up window.  Then, click the Done button.  

add members

To enter the chat and start/join a conversation, click on the dropdown associated with your chat room and select Enter Chat

enter chat