Creating a Chat Room

The Chat Room tool is a real-time, text-based collaboration tool. You can use the Chat Room tool to brainstorm ideas, hold a question and answer period, have a debate or discussion, or organise a remote study group. VU Collaborate Chat Room allows you and your students a space to have a text-based discussion in real time. You can use the Chat Room tool to connect with students in your Space or encourage students to connect with each other. As opposed to other collaboration tools, such as Discussions, Chat conversations occur in real time. You can set up unit specific chat rooms or chat rooms that involve individuals from all over the organisation. There are two types of chat:

General chats are public chats visible to everyone enrolled in the space where they are created. General chats allow you to incorporate chat discussions into the teaching of a unit since they are automatically open to all users enrolled in the unit.

Personal chats are private and visible only to users who you have added to the chat’s participants list.

This guide will help you set up and take part in a real-time Chat Room-based discussion in VU Collaborate with your students. It can also be set up for students to connect with each other. Once created, there is more information available in Managing Chat Rooms

Step One: Locating the Chat Room


1. The Chat Room is accessed from the Communication menu in the navbar.

Dropdown Communication menu from main Navigation bar with Chat room button highlighted

Step Two: Setting up a new Chat Room


1. Click New Chat Room

Under Chat Room Lists, the New Chat Room button is highlighted


2. Fill in Title to set up the name and space of the room.

There are two types of chat:

General chats are public chats visible to everyone enrolled in the space where they are created.
General chats allow you to incorporate chat discussions into the teaching of a unit since they are automatically open to all users enrolled in the unit.
Personal chats are private and visible only to users who you have added to the chat’s participants list

3. Select either General Chat Room or Personal Chat Room to meet your requirements.

Entry fields for Title, which is here filled out as Test Chat Room, and description. There is also a selection button for General or Personal Chat Room

 

4. Complete the Description as required.

5. Click Create to set up your Chat Room 

Tip: You could use this space to upload relevant content to meet the purpose of the Chat Room

Step Three: Joining the Chat Room


To join a Chat Room, select the name and click it. This link will take you to your space and connect you to the Chat Room

Chat Room list with Test Chat Room link highlighted

 

Step Four: Taking Part in the Chat Room 


You can now see currently available online participants in the Chat Room. You are able to send messages to the Chat Room by entering text in the box as illustrated. Once your message is finalised click Send to submit to the Chat Room. 

Example text in chat room communication field greeting participants