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Desire2Learn 9.0

Working with Chats

Chats enable students and instructors to interact with each other in real time. There are two types of chats: personal and general. For more about chats, see Chat Options.

return to topChat Types

Personal Chats
Personal chats can be created by students or instructors. They are used for group conversations or working with peers in real time. The creator of the chat can add any members; members not added to the chat cannot join the chat room. Chat members can be classmates or other D2L users.

General Chats
General chats, which can only be created by instructors, are used for conversations that are relevant to all members of the course.

return to topCreating a Chat

Both instructors and students can create chats enabling real-time (synchronous) interaction between classmates discussing topics relevant to coursework and responding to other comments posted to that chat.

NOTE: In order for the Chat tool to be accessible, there must be a link to it on the Navigation bar. For more information, refer to Customizing the Navigation Bar.

Creating a Personal Chat

  1. From the My Home page, in the My Eau Claire Courses widget, select the desired course
    The Course Home page appears.

  2. On the Navigation bar, click CHAT
    The Chat List pane appears.

  3. Click NEW CHATNew Chat button
    The New Chat pane appears.
    New Chat pane

  4. In the Title text box, type the desired title for your chat

  5. In the Type section, select Personal Chat

  6. OPTIONAL: In the Description text box, type a short description for your chat

  7. Click CREATE
    You are returned to the Chat List pane

  8. To add participants to your chat, click VIEW MEMBERSView Members button
    The Chat Members pane appears.

  9. Click ADD MEMBERS
    The Add Members dialog box appears.
    Add Members dialog box

  10. Select the users you wish to add
    NOTE: A checkmark appears when a user is selected.

  11. Click ADD
    The selected users are added.

  12. To enter the new chat, click ENTER CHAT
    The chat window appears.

Creating a General Chat

  1. From the My Home page, in the My Eau Claire Courses widget, select the desired course
    The Course Home page appears.

  2. On the Navigation bar, click CHAT
    The Chat List pane appears.

  3. Click NEW CHATNew Chat button
    The New Chat pane appears.

  4. In the Chat Title text box, type the desired title for your chat

  5. Select General Chat

  6. OPTIONAL: In the Description text box, type a short description for your chat

  7. Click CREATE
    You are returned to the Chat List pane.

return to topThe Chat Environment

Once you have entered a chat, you will notice three frames: the Participants pane, the Chat pane, and the Add Message text box. This section explains the purpose of these frames and the available buttons in the chat.

Chat pane

Participants pane
Lists the current participants in the chat

Chat pane
Displays recent messages added to the chat

Message text box
Enables users to add messages to the chat by typing in this text box and clicking SEND

Send button
Submits user messages to the chat

Chat Settings
Lets users change the appearance of their chat alias and how messages are displayed

Print Chat button
Displays a printer-friendly version of the chat's information and Chat pane

Exit Chat button
Exits the chat

return to topParticipating in a Chat

Participating in a Chat: Entering and Exiting the Chat Room

  1. From the My Home page, in the My Eau Claire Courses widget, select the desired course
    The Course Home page appears.

  2. On the Navigation bar, click CHAT
    The Chat List pane appears.

  3. Click the name of the chat you wish to enter
    The chat window appears.

  4. At the bottom of the page, in the Message text box, type a message

  5. Click SEND
    OR
    Press [Enter]
    Your message is added to the chat.

  6. To leave the chat, click EXIT CHAT
    You are returned to the Chat List pane.

Participating in a Chat: Changing Your Chat Identity

This option allows you to change the font style and color of your name in the chat.

  1. From the Course Home page, on the Navigation bar, click CHAT
    The Chat List pane appears.

  2. Click the name of the chat you wish to enter
    The chat window appears.

  3. Click CHAT SETTINGS
    The Chat Settings pane appears.Chat Settings pane

  4. To set your username in bold, select Bold

  5. To set your username in italics, select Italics

  6. To change the color of your username, from the Alias Color pull-down menu, select the desired color

  7. When you have made the desired changes, click SAVE
    Your chat identity is changed.

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