9th April 2021

New Feature – Tag students to get answers to questions!

QBot can now tag students to get responses to questions when QBot does not have an answer, helping encourage student engagement. How it works is QBot will tag at random a set of students and ask them to help answer the question.

This however does not mean that only the students tagged should provide a response, everyone in the Team should feel empowered to respond!

Note: QBot can still support educators tagged if required.

Image of student names tagged in the Teams interface

12th March 2021

New Feature – Update answers and questions before saving

A new answer card pop up is now available to allow educators to update questions or answers more easily prior or after tagging them as the correct one!

Image: QBot answer card pop up

Also, as part of this release educators will now have an additional way to select the right answer directly from the Teams reply.

The select answer card will appear each time you click either the “Click here to select the best answer from the replies” button on the QBot card in the conversation or through the new “Select answer” option in the “More actions” menu from the ellipsis above any message in the conversation.

Image: QBot select answer pop up card



14th January 2021

New Feature – QBot support in private chat

Students can interact with QBot in a Teams Channel and now also through private chat!

Image: QBot in private chat in Teams

QBot in private chat in Teams

When a student asks a question from QBot in private chat, QBot responds to the question if it knows the answer. If QBot does not know the answer, it provides the student the option to easily post the question in a Teams channel selected by the student.

Post a question from private chat to a Teams channel

Post a question from private chat to a Teams channel

When to use private chat

Even though there is no restriction on the type of questions that can be asked in private chat, we recommend students use private chat only to ask questions related to course administration and questions that may not be of common interest. We encourage students to use the relevant Team channel to ask course content-related questions to maximize participation and knowledge sharing in the learning community.

How to use private chat

Follow the below steps to start a private chat with QBot.

  1. Click on the “Chat” icon on the left-hand side in Teams. This opens the chat panel next to the Teams left-hand side menu.
  2. In the Chat panel, click on the notepad icon to start a new chat. A new chat window opens in the main area of Teams.
  3. Start typing “QBot” in the “To” field of the new chat window.
  4. Select QBot from the suggestions that pop-up.

Image: Starting a private chat with QBot

Starting a private chat with QBot

You are all set to have a one-to-one chat with QBot!


  • Disabled QBot in Teams that have not been provisioned