There are multiple ways in which you can interact with your students or collaborators, in this section we will present some features that you might find useful when managing a course.
You can create general real-time chatrooms for your CoCalc projects. You can create a project chat room by clicking on the New button, this will create a file with .sage-chat extension.
In addition, every file in CoCalc has a separate chat that can be found on the upper left corner of your screen.
Every time one of your students writes something into a chat on any one of their files, you will get a notification displayed on the top bar.
Clicking on the notification button (bell icon on the top of the screen) displays a notification menu with the latest chats and modifications in the project or specific files.
The chat notifications are always presented at the top of the menu, followed by any updates you or your collaborators have done to the project. Clicking on a chat notification will take you to the student’s copy of the file inside his/her project. From there, you can both reply to their questions and look at their work simultaneously.
Once you have replied to the student’s question (s)he will receive a notification.
Multiple users can collaborate on a project. As soon as a collaborator is added to a a project (see Creating a New Course) they share both the project and the associated files.
Live collaborative editing is possible in CoCalc. If one of your collaborators updates a notebook, the rest can see the changes as they are being made (similar to Google Docs).
@ followed by a recipient’s name in a chat message you send, you can cause an email notification to be sent. See @-mentions for more information.
If you want students to work together in groups, you can assign a “leader” for each group, have them create a project, and add other members and you as collaborators. (Of course, you can also create all such projects yourself, although it can take some time.) Everybody will be able to collaborate on this project and modify files simultaneously.
If you want to use automatic distribution and collection of assignments with group projects, you can create a course file with only group “leaders” added as students and then manually add other group memebers as collaborators. We do plan to add a more direct support for groups in the future.