About the Tool
UnHangout “is an open source platform for running large-scale, participant-driven events online”. It was created by the MIT media lab. Unhangouts allows you (the host) to create a landing page (called the lobby). In the lobby, there is a chat box wherein participants can see who is in and begin chatting. The host can stream a video to the lobby to welcome guests/participants. Hosts can create breakout rooms, small side chat rooms that allow participants (to a max of 10) to have more in-depth conversations via chat and video chat. Documents can also be collaborated upon in the chat rooms.
How to Use the Tool
- Go to https://unhangout.media.mit.edu/
- Click “Create an Unhangout”
- Give the unHangout a name, designate hosts, indicate start times, customize the URL etc.
- Save the settings and start your Unhangout (or go in during the scheduled time)
I think this tool really personalizes online chats and allows learners and educators to connect virtually with ease.
Three uses in education
- Host an unconference or EdCamp virtually.
- Facilitate online discussion for a course to make the connections more personal. (No more inauthentic responses to peers’ posts).
- Join their FREE online courses for some self-directed PD.
This post is part of my annual NaBloWriMo exercise wherein I write a blog post every work day in November.