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About the Collaboration Tools

You access chat and the virtual classroom on the Collaboration Sessions page.

  1. On the course menu, click Tools.
  2. On the Tools page, select Collaboration.
  3. On the Collaboration Sessions page, you can view which tool sessions your instructor created in the Tools column.

The Collaboration Sessions Page

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  1. Filter: You can filter the sessions listed on the page. In the drop-down list, select the type of session to display and click Go:
    • Show All: Displays all of the collaboration sessions.
    • Available Sessions: Displays all of the sessions that you can access.
    • Session with Recordings: Displays completed sessions that have an archive.
    • Future Sessions: Displays sessions that are scheduled to take place in the future.
  2. Search by: You can search for a specific session. In the drop-down list, select Session Name, Start Date, or End Date and type a keyword in the text box. Click Search.
  3. In the Session Name column, click a tilte to join the session.
  4. You can view the recording for a session. Access a session's contextual menu and select Recordings.

User Roles

By default, participants are active users when they enter a collaboration session. At any time, your instructor can change your role to passive. Passive users can view the exchange, but can contribute only if they raise their hands and are granted permission by the moderator.

Your instructor might change your role to passive if you are dominating the conversation or responding inappropriately.

Three roles are available in a collaboration session:

  • Moderator: The moderator is typically an instructor and represented by a globe icon. The moderator can modify participant roles, grant passive users permission to participate, expel users, and record and end the session.
  • Active user: By default, active users can send messages as often as they want during a chat session. An active user is represented by a full color icon.
  • Passive user: Passive users can observe the chat exchange, but must raise their hands to request permission to send messages. If more than one student raises their hands, numbers are assigned to the icons in the order they raised their hands. A passive user is represented by a gray-toned icon.