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.
We along with everyone else would like this. If Microsoft wants to compete with Zoom this is a must have, Zoom can do this easily so why can't Teams?
Melanie Berube commented
Does anyone know a way to make it impossible for students during a TEAMS meeting to chat together? I just taught my first ESL class on TEAMS (I used Zoom the two other times but it did not work well) and students kept posting weird or innappropriate comments or images. I had put the link to Quizlet live for students to access it, but then students posted so many things, the others had trouble finding the links. Not to mention one of the parents complained about receiving all those notifications of the constant chatting. Is there a way to keep students from posting in the chat? Because it is extremely problematic. And also anyone knows a way to kick out a student and not have the student being able to log back in? I had to kick out a girl 3 times for bothering everyone in the chat group
Disabling chat during a meeting with a class on TEAMS is really important,,,we want the students to pay attention to the teacher, not chat among themselves. Is there really no option to disable chat during a meeting?
What would be perfect for our school is to disable group chat for each Team but still allow group chat during live classroom sessions. This was the pupils can still chat with the teacher but wouldnt be able to post chat messages in the Team's group area - where we had malicious content posted recently
Napassorn Chayruang commented
I would to apply the policy disable "reply the message back: to the sender for any receiver but the particular receive is still receive any message from other as usual, it is one way communication : receive the message only, can receive a call in, can call out but cannot send any messages back.
Please provide the separate chat function facilities.
Thank you very much.
I can no longer set up Teams meetings from Outlook – as of this evening. No problems before now. When I set up a new meeting in Outlook, after clicking the Teams button at the top I get this message:
We couldn't schedule the meeting. Please try again later
Couldn't you enable channel moderation for a channel within the Team. Then schedule your meeting(s) to be had in that channel?
Disable Students Post Options In Microsoft Teams
You can mute the students in the manage team settings, expand members, mute students.... Although, I would like to see a setting to mute, or expand the disallow chat altogether.
I believe the solution is in the Admin Center, under Teams, in the Messaging policies. You can either disable chat globally through the default policies or create a new one and apply it to specific users.
Todd Moore commented
If there's a way to do this as the previous poster said, how about if Microsoft just points us to that custom policy process? Most of us don't have a lot of time to go down the Microsoft Rabbit Hole right now.
Dayna Elliott commented
This is possible using a custom policy. Please speak to your administrator.
Can we confirm this? We have the option within a team for the teacher to turn off chats. And it's true chat is turned off for the apps. But if using teams or office online, students can search for each other and for teachers and private message them. Is there a way to turn this off?
It appears this can be done now within policies.....correct?
Any update on this, Microsoft? Our high school students find this useful as they are mature enough to handle it and realize appropriate use. Our middle years students find HUGE value in Teams, but are not quite mature enough to handle an always-on and only lightly moderated chat feature. Muting students in the Team just pushes them to a private chat. Having admin users be able to monitor is not enough; 1 monitor for 9,000 students is not feasible. As others have mentioned, we need:
-The ability for teachers to view chat history of students in their classes (perhaps those assigned via SDS to put some sense of scope and limit on it)
-The ability for admin to disable chat by usergroup (school, grade level, student v. staff status)
-The ability for admin to disable chat by user
Even if this has to be PowerShell, there has to be a way to do this, or we may have to consider abandoning Teams site-wide.
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.