EdX offers provisional support for this tool.
This topic describes how you can use instant hangouts in your course. See:
You can add the ability for learners to participate in instant hangouts directly from your course.
With instant hangouts, learners can:
For a full list of instant hangout features, see the Google Hangouts page.
Learners who want to participate in instant hangouts must have a Google account. You should note this in your course materials.
If you are running an Open edX site, you must ensure that Google whitelists the site’s domain as a referrer for Google Hangouts to work.
You can add one or more instant hangouts in your course. For example, you can add an instant hangout in the following places.
An instant hangout is specific to the page it is opened from. For example, learners who join a hangout from one course unit interact among themselves, while learners who join a hangout from another unit interact in a different hangout.
When you add the instant hangout to your course, a control for the hangout appears on that page. The following example shows the control in a course unit. The control shows that the learner can start the hangout and be the first participant.
To start the hangout, the learner selects Start the Hangout. (After the first learner selects Start the Hangout, other learners see a Join the Hangout button.)
The following example shows the control in a page when a hangout has already started. The control has a Join the Hangout button, and shows that one other learner is already in the hangout.
To join the hangout, the learner selects Join the Hangout.
If not already logged in, the learner is prompted to log in to Google:
Learners who do not have a Google account can create one from the login page.
After the learner has logged in to Google, the hangout opens in a separate browser window:
Currently, only ten learners can join a single instant hangout. You should note this in your course materials.
Learners in hangouts that are started from different pages in your course are counted separately. So you can have ten learners participating in a hangout started from one unit, and ten other learners in a hangout started from a different unit.
To create an instant hangout in your course:
In either a page or an HTML component, open the HTML editor.
If you copy text from another source and paste it into the HTML editor, be sure to proofread the result carefully. Some applications automatically change quotation marks and apostrophes from the “straight” version to the “smart” version. The HTML editor requires “straight” quotation marks and apostrophes.
After the <script> tag, add:
Add any additional text and tags that you want.
For example, the complete HTML could be:
<p>Join an instant hangout by selecting the button below. You can use the hangout to have live video discussions with other learners.</p> <script src='/static/instanthangouts-0.1.0.js'></script> <div class='instanthangouts'/>
Test the instant hangout in your course.