Option to disable Chat within Teams / Microsoft Classroom.
Schools wish to use Microsoft Classroom / Teams, but the Chat facility is inappropriate for many schools or settings. Provide an option whereby administrators can disable automatic team chat creation and/or turn off chat for teams.
We trialled Microsoft Classroom in a large school. Teams were created using the MS School Data Sync (SDS). Unfortunately the feedback was that the team chat could be unsuitable for many classess, and students could post inappropriate content late at night when the teacher was not moderating.
Please provide a facility whereby the Chat feature can be controlled/turn off by the administrator for selected teams.
Eric Redegeld commented
The link in the comment provided is from the old admin center. Now with the new Team admin center the Chat disable function is gone.
You can set this with Powershell. But this effect all the students, not groups etc.
So please add within the classteams the option to enable, or disable chat.
Give the teacher the tool to arrange his virtual class.
Anyone want to us my Powershell script, i will share.
This is an critically missing control for school districts. The controls that are required include: (1) turn off chat for a group of users, (2) grant moderation rights for a group of users to other user(s) - eg, from a Team, an owner (ie teacher) can be given the right to moderate the chats of the members (ie students), (3) grant control to turn chat off/on to a Team owner over the Team members (again, teacher-student use case). Come on Microsoft, your leadership cares about students and educators, we know and appreciate that but the lack of control for Chat will be significantly problematic - bad things happen already with students using SnapChat, Instagram, etc. - we need to be able to provide safe digital learning spaces for our learners.
Jen Marshall commented
We would like to control this for a certain security group like students vs faculty.
The link to disable chat across the whole organisation is here, in case anyone needs it: https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/skypehybridguy/2017/08/24/microsoft-teams-disable-private-chat-how-to/
However, we still need more granular control over availability of chat - thanks.
For educational institutions, this is extremely important as well from a child safeguarding/bullying standpoint.
There is an option to turn off chat for the whole organisation, however that is too restrictive ().
Need the ability to control this on a per team (or even per user) basis.
Lars Hejn commented
We would like this option for one of our clients
If not an option to turn on/off, at least an option in the Classroom version for a teacher to be able to view ALL chats. Also, I noticed you can turn chats off per tenant, but we are a statewide tenant, so would like to be able to do this just in my schools, or classrooms, or specific Teams.
we would like this option for our Elementary school.