Rocket.Chat

With the chat service Rocket.Chat all members of the university can communicate with each other in real time and exchange texts, files and links. The contents of the chat remain available afterwards. Rocket.Chat is a platform of the Leuphana University and is therefore safe in terms of data protection and non-commercial.

After you have registered for Rocket.Chat (see below) you can write and receive personal messages from individual participants as well as create and subscribe to private and public groups within the university environment. At Rocket.Chat these groups are called "channels." Both private and public channels can be configured so that either all members of the group/channel, only certain members or only you have writing permission.

For example, you can use Rocket.Chat for teaching purposes. You can contact your students synchronously and asynchronously and support peer exchange. To do this, ask all participants of your lecture or seminar to activate their Leuphana account for Rocket.Chat (see below) so that you can add them to the group/channel.

Further, Rocket.Chat is very well suited for adhoc communication within a research group or for a particular project. It is also possible to create a broader information platform (a public channel) on specific topics. An example is the channel "#irgendwas_mit_Digitalisierung" (something related to digitalization), which was initiated by the colleagues of the Leuphana Cooperation Service and which you can subscribe to after logging in to Rocket.Chat. Here, interested parties exchange information on topics and projects of digitalization in teaching, research, transfer or administration and network.

As a further feature, Rocket.Chat offers you the possibility to conduct video chats, also with a group of participants. This function is supported by the provider jit.si, an open source project with encrypted data transfer.

You can use Rocket.Chat as an application (without installation) in your browser or as an installed client on your computer, tablet or smartphone. The best functionality is currently offered by the client for Windows, Linux or MacOS (download link below).

In order to use this service with your Leuphana account, you have to unlock your account before the first login. This can be done at the self-service portal (instructions see below).

Recommendation: Also use the open discussion forums for collegial exchange on Rocket.Chat and other digital tools for teaching. In these discussion forums you can exchange ideas on a collegial level on topics, questions, experiences, etc. concerning the digital summer semester. If you click on the following link, you must first register with Moodle. Please use your myStudy username and password. You can access the forums here.

The MIZ manual for using Rocket.Chat can be found here (Intranet).

The download file for Rocket.Chat for Windows, Linux and MacOs can be found here. For Android and iPhone please visit the PlayStore or AppStore.

You can easily activate your Leuphana account for Rocket.Chat yourself. To do so, log in with your account at https://selfservice.leuphana.de and select "Profiles" from the navigation bar. In the tab "Permissions" you will find the service Rocket.Chat. Check the box and at the bottom of the page, check the question "Terms and Conditions read and accepted." Then press the button "Change permission."

You then register for Rocket.Chat with your account either in your browser at the web address https://chat.leuphana.de or with the installed Rocket.Chat client on your computer. Important: If you use the client, you have to enter the server address once before logging in. To do this, press "+" on the left side of the navigation bar ( at the computer) or enter chat.leuphana.de as server URL. At your smartphone press the button "Connect to a server" and add this address. Afterwards you can log in with your Leuphana account. This allows you to contact all activated users and create your own groups/channels. Your login usually is being saved, so you don't have to register anew in the future.

Contact

Do you have any questions about the functionalities and didactic applications of RocketChat?
If so, please contact the Support Team Digital Teaching at: digi-support@leuphana.de