New Feature: Moderated Chat for Live Events

Live events are part of the digital era. Normally in a live online event, you will see a live broadcast next to a live moderated chat. With large online events there is a need to have tight control over your audience messages. We are happy to share with you the new beta version of moderated chat for live events and groups.

A moderated chat is an online chat for events with a speaker and group of audience, or a chat where there is a discussion happening. Comments or messages by members won’t be public unless an administrator approves it.

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When a member of the chat room types a message, it will be immediately sent to the admin. The admin will now check every message and select appropriate messages or questions for the group chat.

Then, these messages will appear normally in the chat room if they are approved by the admin. If not, they will be automatically deleted.

Different users of the moderated chat

How does moderated chat work?

  1. Admin – The admin screens messages/questions. He/she also appoint a new admin to moderate the chat room. The admin can also be the expert or chat owner.
  2. Chatters – ask questions and read responses. In addition, they can send greetings/messages as long as it is approved by the admin.
  • On your admin panel, you will see the chat type setting. In there, you will see two choices for a moderated chat. One is the normal one, while the other one is paid moderated chat. Choose any of the two.
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  • Once a moderated chat type is chosen, you’ll see that messages from other chatters will now need to be approved by the admin. Messages will have check and cross boxes on the right-hand side.
  • The message approved by the admin will appear normally in the chat. Then, users will be able to respond to that specific message.

  • If not, the message will be automatically deleted.
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  • If his/her message was approved or not, the member who sent the message will not be notified. He/she will just see in the chat if his/her message is there or not.

Workflow

  • A user, who is not an admin, sends a message in the chat room. This is how it would look like:
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  • All admins will see this message in their chat window. It’s up to them to approve or delete it. If it’s approved, then the message will be seen by all users. This is how it would look like:

Highlights

  • You can change the moderated chat immediately to a normal group chat.
  • You can switch from moderated chat to paid moderated chat anytime.
  • Admins can screen messages and disconnect spammers and harassers in the chat.
  • If needed, it can also be used along with a block and filter words feature.
  • It’s an organized chat. While the normal group chat allows users to chat instantaneously, the moderated chat disables normal chatting. Messages will not go live unless the admin approves it. This lets the chat be safe and organized.

What other features can you use for chat moderation?

1. Disconnect

As the admin, you can disconnect users who don’t follow the rules. This can serve as a warning for users who spam messages. This is the next step after seeing the messages on the moderated chat. As the moderated chat lets the admin approve messages, you can then disconnect users who send inappropriate ones.

2. Ban

If the warning by disconnecting is not enough, you can also ban users by their IP addresses. This can also serve as the action for the worst-case scenario. These scenarios are applicable to harassers, predators, or members asking for private information (credit card number, address, etc).

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3. Limit users

You can also limit users using your chat. There are many ways to do this.

First, you can register members to your chat room. Only specific members can enter the chat room. However, this is not useful for large events as you are limiting it only to users you know.

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Second, you can also limit users by the chat rooms they can access. For example, one user can access only “Chat Room 1.” This also goes for the other admins. As a result, you can appoint users to a specific chat room only.

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Lastly, you can use user authentication. This means that the log-in interface will not pop-up. Only private users can access the chat room.

Conclusion

To conclude this, we see that chat for events needs moderators and rules. Events are always crowded and rowdy. You can avoid that. Handling an event is tough, but with the correct solution, you can push through it.

The moderated chat is a solution for negative messages on your event. This can affect your company, product, or service. By having a moderated chat at your expense, you can build a better chat room. You can build a community that’s safe and a place that makes your chatters feel secure.

With the moderated chat and the additional features discussed above, you can provide for your members. In addition, you can ensure that no harmful messages will be sent out. The chat will be heavily moderated. If messages like these persist, you can always ban or disconnect the user. This depends on how his/her message can negatively impact the chat.

If you’re interested in building a community chat, then you can check out these following blogs: Important Community Chat Features for Administrators, Creating a Predator Safe Chat Room for Your Community and Step-by-Step Tutorial for Adding a Chat Membership to Your Site.

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Online Learning Chat: Uses of An Educational Group Chat

Web-based chat platforms have been rampant throughout the years. However, it is seen in a new light when educators try to incorporate technology in the class curriculum. Taking advantage of the kids’ and teens’ awe of technology and the internet, educators try to give out their lessons in modern ways, for example, an online learning chat.

An online learning chat promotes real-time discussion and gives students a direct connection with both the educator and his/her classmates. This can lead to the fast progression of the current lesson and a chance to dive deeper into the class material.

However, this requires in-depth planning from the teacher. The teacher should implement rules and regulations of the online learning chat. This is to ensure that everyone has a chance to participate. Also, teachers need to keep the students safe. This means using secure platforms like RumbleTalk (see our blog on blocking words and profanity on the chat room). Educators also need to monitor the chat both within and outside school premises.

Creating an online learning chat

As an educator, creating an online learning chat may not be up your alley. However, you can use RumbleTalk for that. All you need is to register on the website. You can limit access to only individuals who are allowed to enter the chat, for instance, your students.

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To effectively use our tool, one must be connected to the internet. This means you need to hold your class on your school’s computer lab. You can also take advantage of laptops, tablets, and even smartphones if available. Students can also take the lesson at home as homework. This is the beauty of an online learning chat. This is another section to discuss as educators can opt to teach in a remote place.

Making use of video and audio chat

When you’re not around, you can teach your students in your home or in a coffee shop. You can schedule which student to talk to. This can be done in a video or an audio call. When you’re having a one-on-one conversation with your student, he/she will pay more attention.

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Enabling class discussion

An online learning chat can initiate discussion. For example, if you’re class material is on writing and literature, everyone can discuss this particular topic. Students can ask you questions about a passage they don’t understand and, as an expert on the matter, you can help them have in-depth discussions. Both the teacher and the students can have a chance to talk about how they understand a specific topic, leading to a healthy debate.

Another use can be audio and video recordings. Students can record their insights and you, as the teacher, can listen to that and discuss based on their answers. This can be also done vice versa. When you’re not at school, you can leave them homework or a lesson by a video or audio recording. They will be not be left all alone in a class without a teacher. This way, they can still learn in the classroom.

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Uploading files for tests

With an online learning chat, you can upload files and documents in the group chat. Everyone in the chat will see this. An educator can use this as a tool to upload lessons in the chat room, for example, a grammar test. The educator can divide the class into teams. Each team can upload their own take on the test. After checking each submitted file, the educator can discuss the correct answers on the group chat. For an additional push, the teacher can make the teams compete for a prize.

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Invite a guest speaker

You can set-up your account and connect your laptop or PC to the class TV. Plan a lesson with a guest speaker. You can invite a speaker you know or an expert on the class you’re teaching. You can use the video call option to have a virtual class in the classroom. First, the speaker will be talking about his/her experience and expertise. Second, the students can then ask questions if they want to discuss something further. When the class is over, you can now upload a file on the group chat that includes the instructions for an assignment. As a result, they’ll be taking home an assignment from the group chat itself and sending also the files there. It’s efficient and fast as it is happening all in one place.

Teaching in remote

If you have an online learning chat, you’ll be able to teach in the comfort of your own space. You can embed it on any site and share your link to others. You can choose a group chat or an expert’s chat for teaching in remote. This means that you’ll have the option to teach in a group setting and in a private setting. The difference from group chat to expert’s chat is that, in the expert’s chat, other members of the chat won’t be able to see each other. You’ll be the only one who sees who’s active and you can only talk in the private chat.

The primary use of the expert’s chat is to enable professionals to use their skills anywhere, anytime. With paid expert’s chat, an educator can also be paid even if he/she is not in a classroom setting. So, if a school or university is lacking teachers as of the moment, a student can still learn from an educator through the use of an online learning chat.

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Create your own online learning chat

After discussing all the uses of incorporating an online learning chat in the classroom or even using it remotely, have you decided to use it yourself? If yes, here’s a quick step-by-step guide.

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  • After that, log-in and you will see your admin panel.
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  • Check the chat type that’s best for you as an educator.
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  • Share your link to others so they can register and become a member of your chat. You can also add them as a user.
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  • Another option would be to embed your chat on a site. This can be your school’s website or your own. You can choose from embedded or a floating chat.
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That’s it! It’s easy to have an online learning chat as long as you have a tool that’s quick and easy to understand. No need for long installations.

With RumbleTalk, you can have both group chats and private chats, whichever suits your classroom best. If you want to know more about the benefits of an educational group chat in the modern era, you can check out our blog here. Additionally, if you’re an educator who works freelance or in a remote place, you can check out more the expert’s chat feature. For embedding on websites, you can check out the different integration instructions as well.

As we are always launching new features and updates, you might want to head out on our social media pages: Twitter and Facebook. Message us or ask any question; we’d love to help!

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New Beta Feature: Four Special Ways for Text Formatting

We’ve always said in our blogs that we’re working towards new updates and improvements. Now, it’s one of those times that we’ve done one. We present to you the new feature of RumbleTalk, four special ways for text formatting.

What do we mean by special? This means it’s not on the actual chat. You need to type in some special keys to make this work. These special marks need to be before and after the text. Text formatting means highlighting a specific text or sentence. At RumbleTalk, we did it in four ways.

We also have another new feature. It’s by adding a paragraph without going to the next message box. This means that you won’t break the flow of your message. This is handy when you’re working on long paragraphs. Curious about our newly added features? Then, what are you waiting for? Read this article up to the end and you’ll find your answer!

Four special ways for text formatting

First, the new feature is special ways for text formatting. You can use this feature in four ways. All format tags need to be typed before and after the text.

  • First, you can mark your text using a tilde (~). This makes a strikethrough text. Here’s an example.
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  • Second, mark your text with an asterisk (*). This will make your text bold. You can see an example below.
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  • Third, mark your text with a grave accent (`). This makes your text red. It also puts it in a box, which is like a red figure or inline code. See the example below for your reference.
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text formatting

  • Last but not least, mark your text with an underscore (_). This underlines your text. See the example as follows.
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These are the four ways that you can do to mark your text.

How do you use it?

Based on the purpose, you and your chat members can use it to identify a specific text as special. It can be used to highlight information that is important. You can use text formatting to make your members pay attention to a paragraph, sentence, or a word.

If you’re an online tutor, you can use it with your lessons. For example, if they’re reading a paragraph, they can highlight text that needs to be corrected. This can also be used when they need some clarification on a specific text. This makes it easier for discussions and for taking notes.

However, do make rules on text formatting when you’re using it for a class. For instance, if your student uses a tilde for strikethrough text, this means that this particular text or sentence is wrong. You need to be clear on using these special markings. Why? This will make your job easier. Not only that, but your student will also learn the importance of consistency. This will help him/her appreciate the flow and the strategy. As a result, he/she can also use this in other lessons.

When should you use it?

You can use it for meetings, lessons, and conferences, even in the normal chat rooms. Its primary use is to highlight a text. This means that this text is important. It screams, “Look at this!” Just like that! It brings your attention to it. Moreover, you don’t need to do a lot just to get this effect.

This is a fundamental strategy to get your members’ attention. If you’re an admin of a chat room, this is really useful. It can assist you in handling your members. You can use it for announcements and notices. Then, you’ll be sure that your members are paying attention. That way, you get the message across.

Why should you use it?

When you mark texts, this gives a sense of urgency. In turn, your members respect your authority. There is order in the chat room. Once you start using text formatting, your members will recognize it next time. If they see using bold text, this means the announcement is important. If they see a red text, then it’s a warning. Something in the lines of that.

You can also use this for your services. An example I’ve given earlier is about online tutoring. Let me use that again. When you introduce text formatting to your students, they will be actively engaged in your lesson. They will see these special marks as tools to make their life easier. In turn, you give them the advantage of learning and being attentive.

They can use this to summarize their works, highlight important details, and connect ideas given in the text. Text formatting is essential for class discussions. Once you use this in your lesson, students will quickly reference details that pertain to their class purpose.

Another new feature

In the introduction, I mentioned that there are two new features. This is where we talk about the other one. It’s making a paragraph through a single message box. What am I talking about?

Well, when you press enter after you type, you immediately send the message. This is what happens, right? Now, in this added feature, if you use CTRL+Enter, you can create another line. Here’s an example.

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See? It’s very useful when you don’t want to break your flow of information. Another advantage is other members can’t send a message in between the messages that you want to convey. This is absolutely great to use in meetings, discussions, and even your normal chat announcements.

For more new features

Now that we’ve shared our new features, you can expect more in the near future. We are currently working on new releases and updates, so stay tuned for that! If you want to be the first to know of our releases, follow us on Twitter and Facebook. You can see our old blog posts there as well. Here are our latest articles if you’re interested: Important Community Chat Features for Administrators, Chat Customization — Make Every Chat Room Unique, and Make private payments using a chat on your website.

You can see the trend of our articles. They not only talk about new releases but also talk about features you can use on a daily basis. If you still haven’t found the perfect chat for you, then maybe now’s the time to try RumbleTalk.

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