Intro to Pilot: Chat

This is an online version of the CTL's "Introduction to Pilot" workshops for faculty. To view the videos, you'll need QuickTime Player, a free download. You will also find the videos in iTunes U, where you can easily put them on your iPod.

These Tutorials were Made with an Earlier Version of Pilot

In the new version, many of Pilot's tools work the same as before, but the interface may have changed. To reduce clutter, many options have been tucked into expandable menus. Look for small, downward-pointing arrows next to key labels and headings. You can access many actions by clicking one of those arrows.

33 Overview

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The Chat Tool is exclusively a text-based communication tool. Chats are archived so that you can see the transcript of the entire conversation. You may create a general chat which is open to everyone and private chats where you assign specific members.

34 Creating Chat Sessions

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Adding the Chat tool to your NavBar

The Chat tool is not automatically added to your NavBar. To add it:

  1. Click on Tools in your Course Administration Widget on your course homepage.
  2. Select Chat by clicking in the box to the left of the Chat tool.
  3. Click on the green “check” at the top or bottom of the list of tools to activate it.
  4. Click Save.
  5. Be patient as it takes 3-5 minutes for the tool to activate.

Creating a Chat Room

  1. Click on Chat on the NavBar.
  2. Click on New Chat.
  3. Give the Chat room a title.
  4. Decide if your chat will be a General Chat (open to all) or Personal Chat (which you assign members.
  5. Click Create.
  6. To create a Personal Chat sessions:
    1. After you have created the personal chat, click on the little purple/blue people icons to the left of the Chat room.
    2. Click on Add Members. All the students enrolled in your class appear.
    3. Select the members that should be in this personal chat room.
    4. Click Add.

35 Chat Participation

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  1. Click on Chat on your NavBar.
  2. Click on the specific Chat session you wish to join.
  3. Personalize you Chat Settings:
    1. Click on Chat Settings.
    2. Change your Alias to your first and last name. Have your students do the same thing.
    3. Update sounds to indicate when someone is entering a session if desired.
  4. Go to the bottom rectangle to type in your message and click Send or Enter.
  5. Click Exit Chat to get out of the chate.

To look at the transcript, click on the clock the right of the clock and you will see a text transcript of what took place in each chat session.

36 Editing a Chat

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To change your Chat settings

  1. Click on Chat Settings.
  2. Change any of the settings you wish to update.
  3. Click Save.

To change properties about the individual Chat session

  1. Click on Chat on the NavBar.
  2. Click on the Edit Pencil to the right of the chat session.
  3. Modify the name.
  4. Click on Save.

To delete the session

  1. Click on the box to the left of the Chat session.
  2. Click on the trash can which can be found above or below the list of chat rooms.
  3. Click on Delete when prompted.