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Brightspace Tip #425: Are You Using the Chat Tool?

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Did you know D2L announced a January 2024 intent to end-of-life for the Chat tool? We first reported this in our October Continuous Delivery Updates. Because of D2L's decision, we disabled the Chat tool in our Brightspace system at the end of the fall semester. For more information about the Chat tool and D2L's decision, read on.

Chat is a tool that allows users to setup spaces to conduct online, synchronous, text-based communication. Chat is NOT the same as the Brightspace Instant Messages tool.

Online communication has evolved over time and has been replaced by instant messaging on mobile devices. D2L reports that use of the Chat tool has been declining over the years, and their decision allows them to simplify the platform by reducing confusion around tools that do similar things. Other Brightspace tools you can consider using are the Brightspace Instant Messages tool or the Discussions tool. Other options are to use the chat within a Zoom or Teams meeting or use a Web 2.0 tool like Slack or GroupMe.

For more information about D2L's decision and what you can expect, refer to the Intent to End Of Life Notice for: Chat article in the Brightspace Community.

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