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The following images and instructions will guide you through the process of using the chat tool.

Chat Tool

The Chat Tool is a real-time, interactive, text-based communication option for your classes. Some instructors may not activate Chat. However, if it is available, you can find it in the course menu.

1. From your course menu, click on Chat to a launch a page that will list the available chats in your course.

Finding the chat tool in the course menu.
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2. On the Collaboration Settings page, view a list of chats that are available. Click on the chat you would like to join. 

Example chat to join.
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3. A Java plug-in will be initiated and you may be asked by your computer to run the application. Please select Run to load the chat window.


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4. View the chat in a separate pop-up window. Note the chat participants on the left side of the screen and the chat area on the right.

Example chat window.
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5. Write your messages in the Compose field and then click on Send, and it will be displayed in the chat screen above the text field.

Highlighted text bar and send button.
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Sending A Private Message

1. Click on Private Message to send a message to a particular user that will not be viewable others.


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2. Click View to show display options for viewing your private chat. 


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3. Click Show in separate frame to display the chat in a separate window. Click Show in-line to view the private chat alongside the main chat screen.

Example options window.
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4. View your private chat based upon the option you've selected.

Example updated chat window.
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Note: You must click on Private Message each time you want to send a private comment. If you utilize the standard Compose text box for a private message, it will be sent to the public chat.

 

 

  


 

 

 

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