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1 Instant Messaging as a Tool for Student Engagement Kara Monroe, PhD Executive Director, Center for Instructional Technology Learning College Conference, 2009 Valparaiso, Indiana

2  What is Pronto?  How do I control my student’s access to me when I use Pronto? (Or, How do I help my students control my access to them?)  What features does Pronto have to support the teaching and learning process?  What guidelines should I use with my students when using Pronto?

3 What is Pronto? Pronto is an education-centric instant messaging application. It automatically integrates your classes and classmates for you. Pronto includes several advanced features which allow even more functionality than many basic instant messaging packages. Pronto does require registration and download of a piece of software (shown at the right). This can be done from within any course in Blackboard by going to the Communication link. Pronto registration and download is also available on the Community Tab in Blackboard.

4  16,377 registered users, 4402 with profiles  1298 instructors  44,354 Pronto-enabled Courses  17% have 5+ users  3.6% have 10+ users  0.2% have 30+ users  Average number of personal contacts is 4  78% have > 1 personal contact  9.4% have > 10 personal contacts

5  Logging in/out  If you do/don’t want Pronto to start up automatically when your computer logs on, you can edit this setting in the Pronto menu under Preferences. ▪ Check/uncheck the option to Start Pronto when my computer starts ▪ You can also set whether or not Pronto automatically signs in you (remembers your password) on this screen

6  Status Indicators  Explain status indicators to your students when you encourage them to sign up for/use Pronto ▪ Green – I should be available to take your chat. If you don’t receive a response within 10 minutes, drop me an /message and I’ll respond as soon as I can. ▪ Red – I’m not available, but I am logged in. You can use this as a “FOR EMERGENCIES ONLY” setting if you want. ▪ Queued – I’m in office hours or another group chat

7  Status Indicators with Messages  Set detailed status messages under Pronto > Preferences ▪ Click + to add a new status ▪ Choose the category, enter a title and a message that users will receive when they Pronto you (check Auto-Reply) ▪ Click Save and OK

8  Block Users  Access from Pronto > Preferences > Privacy  Can use either permanently or temporarily  Also allows you to sign in as invisible and/or to make you invisible to anyone who is not in one of your classes or a contact

9  Automatic Connection of Classmates  Each person that registers for a Pronto account will be listed under all classes in which they are registered

10  Group Chats  Invite several students to chat at once  Select the Actions menu > Invite to Group Chat from any window. Enter the names of the individuals you want to chat with.  Get the students started and then you can leave or have them chat on their own ▪ Invite students from multiple sections to the same group chat.

11  from Pronto  If you have a desktop client set up (like Outlook), you can a user simply by highlighting their name and selecting Actions >

12  Audio Conferencing – Individual and Group  Requires a microphone/headset  Works best if all participants have high-speed Internet access (cable or DSL) Individual chat box - click the headphones to start an audio conference Group chat box - click the headphones to start an audio conference

13  Video Conferencing – Individual and Group  Requires a webcam. If you also want audio also requires microphone/headset  All participants must have high-speed Internet access (cable or DSL) Individual chat box - click the camera to start an video conference Group chat box - click the camera to start an video conference

14  AppSharing – Individual and Group  All participants must have high-speed Internet access (cable or DSL) Individual chat box - click the AppShare button to start an appshare session Group chat box - click the AppShare button to start an appshare session

15  To conduct an AppShare, start the session.  The user on the other end accepts the session  Drag/resize the white box on the screen to show the tool or skill

16  Give Keyboard and Cursor Control  Give Full Presentation Control

17  Guidelines for Voice, Video, and AppShare  Pronto records chat, but not the content of AppShare, Voice, and Video. However, be aware these can be recorded  Ask the student if they have a high speed connection, and if they want to take part in a voice, video, AppShare session before starting  Remind them they can still use text chat during the voice, video and/or AppShare session.

18  Guidelines for Voice, Video, and AppShare  As a general rule, don’t give keyboard and cursor control or Presenter Control to a student. ▪ If you initiated a group session and are going to step out of the session it’s okay to hand off control before you leave  Use the tools to “feed” information to students or have them “feed” information to you – don’t take keyboard and cursor control or Presenter Control from a student if they started the session.

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20  Free form – just tell students you’ll be on – or just be on the system  Announced – schedule specific times when you’ll be available  Or a hybrid of the two

21  Use the Queued Chat Feature 1. Change your Status to Queuing 2. Complete the Queuing Form ▪ Save for future use

22 They see that I’m currently in Queue mode. Double- clicking this link allows them to join the Queue. If I’ve asked for a reason for joining, they are presented with this box. They enter their reason and click OK. They are then placed in my waiting room. Note that it says waiting room at the top. They can chat with other students waiting and I can see that chat – and can even respond to it.

23 Once I promote the student they are “in my queue” which means they have moved to the “live chat” area. I can promote multiple students at one time if I wish to do so. I can also still conduct video, audio, and AppShare while in Queued Chat.

24 Once I promote the student they are “in my queue” which means they have moved to the “live chat” area. I can promote multiple students at one time if I wish to do so. I can also still conduct video, audio, and AppShare while in Queued Chat.


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