Creating a Chat Room in Moodle

1. Select Turn editing on at the top right of the screen.

2. Scroll to the desired topic area.

3. Select Add an activity.

4. Select Chat.

5. Type the Name of this chat room in the text box. This will be displayed on the course’s homepage.

6. Scroll to Introduction text and type the chat topic or chat instructions.

7. Scroll to Next chat time.

8. Select the date and time that will appear on the course’s calendar. If this feature is utilized, a reminder of when the scheduled chat session will appear before entering the chat room.

9. Scroll to Repeat sessions.

10. Select Don’t publish any chat times, No repeats – publish the specifies time only, At the same time every day or At the same time every week.

Don’t publish any chat times

The course’s calendar will not display any chat times.

No reminders will be displayed on the page before entering the chat.

No repeats – publish the specified time only

The course’s calendar will display the date chosen in Next chat time once.

No reminders will be displayed on the page before entering the chat.

At the same time every day

The course’s calendar will display the date chosen in Next chat time once.

A reminder will display the next chat session on the page before entering the chat.

At the same time every week

The course’s calendar will display the date chosen in Next chat time once.

A reminder will display the next chat session on the page before entering the chat.

11. Scroll to Save past sessions.

12. Select how many days the chat conversation will be saved from the drop box.

13. Scroll to Everyone can view past sessions.

14. Select Yes or No. This will determine if a participant will have the ability to view what was typed before they entered the chat room.

15. Scroll to Group Mode.

16. Select No Groups, Separate Groups or Visible Groups in the drop box.

a. No Groups will allow the entire class to participate with each other.

b. Separate Groups will allow members of a group to only interact with their group members and not view other group’s work.

c. Visible Groups will allow members of a group to interact with their group membesr and view other groups’ work.

17. Scroll to Visible to participants and select Show or Hide.

a. Selecting Show will allow students to view the workshop links on the homepage.

b. Selecting Hide will not allow students to view the workshop links.

18. Scroll to and select Save Changes.

19. Select Click here to enter the chat now to enter the chat room.

a. The chat room will open in a new window on top of the Moodle page.

b. All participants in the Chat Room will appear on the right.

c. All messages with appear on the left.

d. To type a message, click in the text box at the bottom, type a message, then press enter.

e. To exit the chat room, select the X at the right corner.

 

Review a few ways a Chat Rooms can be used.
Moodle Office Hours

 

Advantages

A student will know when the instructor will be virtual available to answer questions or offer assets.

Instructor can attend to more then one student at a time.

One student might have a question that could assist other students.

Suggestions

The beep feature may be useful to be alerted when people have entered the Chat Room.

When a student has a question about their grade, ask them to send the question in an e-mail.

Students should type a ? (question mark) and wait to be called on to ask a question. This may be useful to ensure that all students’ questions get answered on a first come first sever basis.

For thoughts/comments/questions that are long, type in an (ellipsis) at the end of the first line then press enter. Then finish typing your thought/comment/question. This may be useful to keep conversations flowing and keep with the topic.

Group Chat

 

Advantages

Students can virtual meet as a group to work on a group project.

Students can virtual discuss and solve case studies.

Suggestions

Each group should one person who manages the conversation and take notes of all decisions.

Students should use the ? (question mark) and (ellipsis) techniques that were introduced in Moodle Office Hours.

 

By Laura M. Christensen 2007