Presence in LAMS sequences is available from LAMS 2.2 and above.
Presence in LAMS allows learners to see other learners who are online and participating in the sequence.
Presence must be enabled by the monitor who starts the lesson, currently, this option is disabled by default.
Instant Messaging is available as part of LAMS 2.3
Instant Messaging in LAMS allows learners to exchange live text messages with each other during the running of a Lesson.
Unlike the Chat activity, which allows Learners to collaborate during a single activity, the Instant Messaging feature is available for the duration of the lesson.
The IM features in LAMS 2.3 extend the Presence features added to LAMS 2.2
The IM features are enabled on a per-lesson basis.
When learners begin the lesson, they will see the presence list at the bottom of the screen. (The presence menu and IM menu appear exactly the same in both the flash-based and flashless learner interfaces.)
Learners can then exchange text messages in a simple way, without having to rely on external chat software, or LAMS activities within the sequence.