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Getting Started with the Chat Tool

Basic Features

The chat tool is an active chatroom visible to anyone on the page. You have the option of setting this chatroom as a separate page (navigation link) or an embedded chat window. Reviewers, Graders, and Co-authors can contribute, with only Co-authors having full moderator privileges. The layout is straightforward:

  • System time is displayed in the upper right
  • You can control which room you're viewing and how far back you wish to see
  • Moderator controls are at the top, below viewing controls
  • Active chats are visible in the main window, and you can contribute at the bottom
  • Active participants are listed on the right, with status toggle icons above

Chat Tool Interface

As a moderator, you will be able to create Breakout Rooms, Pause, (Manually) Archive, and close the Chatroom.

Moderator Tools

Private messages can be sent to any person on the participant list. Select the individual on the "Send to:" box in the bottom-right corner of the chat window before sending.  

Send To

Private Messages

You can also filter the conversation by time with the Show box in the upper right-hand corner. 

Filter Messages

Portfolio Access

You can create conversations by turning on the Chat Tool on a portfolio page. Click the Edit settings link in the upper right-hand corner of the page.

Chat tool - Edit settings

Scroll down to the Chatbox, click the checkbox (1, below), and hit save to activate. Choose how it will be displayed (2): a link in the Toolbox (see above) or embedded as a chat window.

Turn on Chat 

3: Be aware that the security settings for your page will control who has access to the Chat.

Chat Security