Conducting classroom discussions - Using Chat Room

The Chat Room is not part of the default set of tools. Click here for directions on adding tools.

Posting and reading chat messages
Once the tool has been added, click on Chat Room on the course menu.
When you first use Chat Room, you are automatically entered into the "Main Chat Room."

Chat Room link

You will see who is currently in the chat room under "Users in Chat."

You will also see any messages that have been posted in the main message window.

main message window

To post a message, enter your message in the bottom text box then click "Add message." Your message will not be seen until the button is clicked. Messages will appear in chronological order, with the most recent ones at the bottom.

message composition window


Adding chat rooms
You can create additional chat rooms for groups to use. Note that the rooms can not be restricted and are open to the entire class.
To add a room, click on Options along the top menu.

Options link

Click "Add Room."

Add Room link

Enter a Title, select any options, then click "Update Options."

input room info

To access the new room, students can click on the "Change Room" link when they next use Chat Room.

Change Room link