The chat activity module allows participants to have a real-time synchronous discussion in a Moodle course. This is a useful way to get a different understanding of each other and the topic being discussed – the mode of using a chat room is quite different from the asynchronous forums. The Chat module contains a number of features for managing and reviewing chat discussions.
Please note that all the students in the chat at the time can see what is written, it is not a chat that is one-on-one, it is more of a group chat.
Step 1 Editing
Login to course and Turn editing on, located in Course administration.
Step 2 - Add
Click on the “Add an activity or resource” . There is a pop-up window that will have all the activities and resources listed.
Step 3 - Name
The name that is typed here will form a link for the students to click on to enter the chat, so it is helpful to give it a name that suggests its purpose - example “Virtual Office Hours“.
Name of this chat room
Whatever you type here will form the link learners click on to enter the chat so it is helpful to give it a name that suggests its purpose – for example “Student council discussion” or “Field trip planning meeting”.
The description of the assignment which should include precise instructions for students regarding the subject of the assignment, the form, in which it should be submitted, the grading criteria etc.
Step 4 Chat Session
Next chat time
The day and hour of the next chat session. This will appear in the calendar so students know the schedule but it doesn't stop them from accessing the chat-room at any other time.
If you don't want them in the chat-room at other times, then hide it (with the eye icon) or use Conditional activities to restrict access.
If you don't wish to schedule chat times then ignore this and choose from the next settings.
There are four options for scheduling future chat sessions:
Don't publish any chat times
There are no set times and students are welcome to chat at any time.
No repeats - publish the specified time only
Only the Next chat time will be published. This could be used to schedule special events or meetings or simply to help learners identify a common time in which they can expect to find other learners in the chat room.
At the same time every day
Daily chats are useful for scheduling daily office hours or work sessions with learners.
At the same time every week
This setting will schedule a chat for the same day and time every week, which could be useful for instance for meeting and reviewing key ideas and questions related to the week’s content/assessment.
Save past chat sessions
When users (two or more) participate in a chat session, a record, or complete transcript of the session is created.
Choose from the drop-down how many days to save - or save everything by selecting Never delete messages.
If you have any concerns about discussions that might take place in your chat room, you may want to keep transcripts to check the suitability of what is discussed. If your learners are using the chat-room to collaborate on a group project you won't want to delete the messages until the project is complete.
Everyone can view past sessions
Decide here whether or not to allow everyone to view past chat sessions. (Teachers can always view past sessions)
Step 5 Group Mode
When course group mode is turned on, the group mode can be one of three levels: No groups, Separate groups or Visible groups.
Step 6 Restrict access settings
The restrict access section asks for the conditions when the activity (or resource) should be visible. This can be based upon dates, and/or score ranges of other activities and/or if other activities are considered completed. Note that ALL access restrictions (date, grade condition, activity completion condition) have to be met in order for the activity to be made available.
Allow access from
The Access from date determines the day, month and year students may first access the activity via the assignment name link on the course page. To activate this option, click in the Enable check-box to add a tick.
This setting determines any grade conditions which must be met in order for students to access the activity. Multiple grade conditions may be set using the 'Add 2 grade conditions to form' button. If there are multiple completion conditions applied to an activity, it will only be accessible to students when all grade conditions are met.
Before activity can be accessed
Before a students has fulfilled the the Grade Conditions specified above and the activity is still inaccessible to them, you can choose whether to show the activity grayed-out on the course page with the grade conditions listed (restriction information) or to hide the activity from students view entirely.
Step 7 Save or Cancel
-Allows to save and go back to main Moodle page.
- Allows to save and display new page/activity.
- will not save any changes, and send back to main Moodle page.