The desire to communicate is something every creature on the planet has in common. Humans went one step further and invented words and languages. Talking to each other has become essential for learning about the world and the people in it. Facebook, Twitter, Gmail, and WhatsApp were all created to facilitate communication.
This week, we released an update enabling our users to communicate without leaving the LMS. From now on, all paid Geenio users have access to the “Messages” tab. For now, it has the basic functionality necessary for communication, but we plan to add new features to it in the nearest future. Let’s take a look at how you can keep in touch with friends and colleagues with the help of Geenio.
Click “Messages” to open a side panel which enables you to participate in ongoing discussions, as well as create new ones. Note that opening the panel does not force you to leave the page you were on. You can reply to a message, close the panel, and get back to what you were doing.
Click the conversation creation button to go to the user selection screen. Here you can select the users to be included in the conversation. You can select both individual users and groups. Having selected all desired participants, click “Invite” to go to the conversation creation screen. Give your conversation a title and click “Save”. All done! You can start talking in your very own, brand-new conversation.
It is very easy to create conversations about courses. Now, the title page of every course features the “Messages” button. Click it to begin a conversation with all students taking the course. In this case, all settings are configured automatically, the conversation is given the same title as the course it is related to, and the course author plus everyone currently taking it are added to the conversation as participants. We call this feature “Course chat”. You can create “Group chats” in a similar manner. Open an existing group and click the corresponding icon to create a new conversation for all members of the group. On top of that, Geenio administrator can allow other users to send each other private messages by enabling it in the instance settings.
When someone creates a new conversation or adds a comment to a discussion you’re a part of while you’re away from the LMS, after you log back in, the number of unread messages will be displayed on top of the “Messages” icon.
Open the panel to see which conversations have had new messages added to them (they will be marked by an easy to spot red ellipse displaying the number of new messages). In addition, in the list of active conversations, under every conversation’s title you can see the latest message, the time it was posted, and also the avatar of the user who posted it. All this helps you understand whether there are any updates to your conversations at a glance.
As the number of conversations increases, the search function will undoubtedly come in handy. You can search by keywords found in conversations’ titles. Just type a word or a phrase in the search window, and Geenio will display the list of conversations with the specified words in the title.
An engaging course built with skill and passion can teach a lot in a short amount of time. But it is natural for a student to ask the teacher and his or her peers questions. We realized that we had to facilitate our users’ communication to improve the learning process - and this is just the first step! We plan to bring you many more tools and features that will enable you to communicate within the LMS. Stay tuned!