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It can be very helpful at times to know who is online at the same time as you, particularly if you need to message a student or a colleague for example. The Online Users block allows you to do this, and that's what we're going to explore in this video. So we're in our course, and we need to have the editing turned on, which we've done either by clicking the button top right, or in the settings block by clicking the link Turn Editing On. And then we scroll down to Add a Block, and we choose the block Online Users.
And when the page refreshes, blocks always appear at the bottom, but remember, we can move them to wherever location we feel is convenient. We see that our student, George Adams, is present online at the moment, at the same time as we are. And so we could click the envelope next to George's name to quickly send him a message. It shows the users who have been online in the last five minutes by default, but your administrator may change this. If we're doing face to face teaching using Moodle in a computer room, or if we've set up a virtual chat at a specific time, then the Online Users block is very useful for us to check that everyone is on task, and with the teacher inside the course.
So in this video, we added the Online Users block, to enable us to see who is online in our course at the same time as we are. We learned that we can message them from this block, too. And that it can be helpful as a quick class register if we're working in real time in a group.
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