Google Chat is a communication tool for messaging amongst the Lafayette community either through direct messages or group messages using “Spaces”. Chat can be a good solution for asynchronous communication with students such as Q&A or for synchronous communication such as Office Hours (see Managing Virtual Office Hours). Chat works in a browser by going to chat.google.com, accessing Chat through the Gmail web interface, or by clicking Chat in the Google Workspace apps waffle. There is also the Google Chat app for smart phones or tablets.
Once a Space has been created, you can can invite individuals or Google Groups from within the Lafayette Community. See Google Groups for Courses for information on adding your entire class to a Space.
Chat features include attaching files from either your computer or hard drive, Google My Drive and Shared drives, or create a new Google Doc, Sheet, or Slide on the fly. You can also start an impromptu Google Meet or see everyone within the Chat or Space Google Calendar.
Control your availability and notifications by changing your “Active” setting to “Away”. Others will see the “Away” designation and know that your notifications are muted. This is a good way to signal to others that you are not actively monitoring your Chat.