Chat is 'real time' (i.e. synchronous) so all participants who wish to contribute to discussion need to be available at the one time. It's thus a less flexible tool than the discussion board, but more spontaneous and generally less formal.
The chat tool is of value in a number of teaching/learning situations; for example:
See preparing for and managing chat sessions (PDF 50KB) Quick reference guide for advice on particpant numbers and tips on facilitating a chat session.
Note: Chat sessions with more than 10 participants becomes hard to manage, so carefully consider your student numbers (and teaching resources) before building chat sessions into the formal part of the teaching program.
Authorised by the Associate Director, Service Delivery & Support
27 May, 2011