Access is restricted—only registered course participants can access the chat function.
Once an instructor creates chat rooms for his/her class, students can use them for text, audio, and/or video chats. Up to four people can chat at once (network bandwidth is a consideration for video).
Note: A course has no rooms at the outset--the instructor has to add them. To do so click on Manage Course > Manage Livechat and then proceed to add as many as you like--there's no limit.
Our initial release of Livechat targets language learners, especially those participating in tutoring programs, like YLC’s free Language Exchange. Or teachers who've been able to successfully link their classes together -- ANVILL can provide a safe platform for students to participate in class-to-class exchanges.
Livechat is designed with audio and video in mind. All a user needs is a microphone and/or webcam. Livechat allows chat participants to easily turn on and off their speech or video inputs. And because it uses Flash, nearly all web browsers are already configured to work. No other software needs to be installed—it just works (or at least it should).