The Chat tool enables you to engage in real-time text discussions with your instructor or other students. This is often called a "chat room".
To access the Chat tool, click the Chat link on the navigation bar.
General Chats are public chats are automatically open to all users enrolled in the course. Most often your instructor will hold a General Chat for an online office hour.
Personal Chats are private and visible only to those users that the instructor has added to the chat room participants list. Your instructor may set up groups of students to collaborate with one another so then they would set up a Personal Chat. Also, your instructor could set up a Personal Chat for just one student.
Before Entering a Chat Room
As pictured below:
To enter a chat room, click its name on the Chat List page.
All user aliases currently in the chat room will appear on the left as pictured below. To begin chatting, type in the text entry field at the bottom. Press the Enter key, or click the Send button. See below.
When you are finished chatting, click on the Exit Chat button on the bottom left of the chat window as pictured above.