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Setting up a chat room

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Video: Setting up a chat room

Depending on your teaching situation, you might not always be able to talk to your class face to face. Indeed you might even be running your course entirely online. Although forums are very good for discussion, the responses are not always in real time. And it can be useful to have those discussions at the same time as of this, ie synchronously. We're going to set up a chat room so we can do just that. To do it, we need to have the editing turned on, which we've done either by clicking the button top-right, or in the settings block, clicking the link, Turn editing on.

Setting up a chat room

Depending on your teaching situation, you might not always be able to talk to your class face to face. Indeed you might even be running your course entirely online. Although forums are very good for discussion, the responses are not always in real time. And it can be useful to have those discussions at the same time as of this, ie synchronously. We're going to set up a chat room so we can do just that. To do it, we need to have the editing turned on, which we've done either by clicking the button top-right, or in the settings block, clicking the link, Turn editing on.

And in the section where we want it. I'm going to choose the section. Collaborative Work. We click the link, add an activity or resource. This brings up Moodles Activity Chooser, and if we click the radio button next to chat once, it gives us some information about using a chat in our teaching, which is well worth reading. And then we can click the Add button to add it. If we already know what chat is, then we need to click the radio button twice to get straight there. We're then in the chat setup screen, and it's important to give the chat room a descriptive name so that our students know what they're letting themselves in for, and a description as to what you'd like them to talk about.

We can choose to display the description on the course page by checking the box. And then it's up to us to select the options that we'd like. They can always get in to a chat but you might want to set a specific chat time to make sure everyone's there together and you can set repeat sessions or not. It's also possible to save past sessions so that people can see what was talked about or not. And if you decide to save them, you can choose for how long for. Also do you want to allow everyone to view past sessions, in other words, do you want students to see what was discussed before.

Or if you leave it at no, only the people who have permission to do that, such as you the teacher, are able to do it. If we then leave the other settings and click Save and Display, this will take straight into the chat, so we can see how it works. We have two options of getting into the chat, according to whether we want regular interface or a more user accessible interface. It now brings up a box and we can see that here we are, and down at the bottom we have a box into which we type our message. And then we click send.

It's also possible to change the theme by clicking the themes link here. And we can have bubble for example. And it just looks slightly different. Chat can be useful for holding meetings or tutorials. When everyone can't get together in real life. However, it isn't suited for all age ranges. And there are certain drawbacks to it. For example, if you have particularly young students. You might not have any sensible conversation in there, just a few words.

So it's up to you how you use it. In this video, then, we've looked at how to set up a chat in our course, and the pros and cons of it.

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  1. 3m 29s
    1. Welcome
      1m 13s
    2. Using the exercise files
      23s
    3. Surveying our project for this course
      1m 53s
  2. 24m 45s
    1. Obtaining Moodle
      3m 12s
    2. Logging in and moving around
      3m 28s
    3. Editing your profile
      2m 57s
    4. Using the text editor
      1m 58s
    5. Choosing your course layout
      3m 49s
    6. Setting up your course
      2m 24s
    7. Adding a banner
      3m 19s
    8. Adding a welcome message
      3m 38s
  3. 5m 58s
    1. Announcing course events
      1m 50s
    2. Using the calendar
      2m 19s
    3. Adding events blocks
      1m 49s
  4. 21m 8s
    1. Uploading your course information
      3m 56s
    2. Understanding the edit icons
      2m 35s
    3. Uploading a folder of exam papers
      3m 47s
    4. Giving instructions to your students
      2m 30s
    5. Displaying a YouTube video
      3m 26s
    6. Linking to a useful website
      2m 6s
    7. Embedding widgets into your course
      2m 48s
  5. 14m 40s
    1. Manually enrolling students
      1m 48s
    2. Allowing students to self-enroll
      2m 25s
    3. Putting your students into groups
      2m 54s
    4. Giving access to private files
      3m 38s
    5. Setting up messaging
      2m 21s
    6. Seeing who's online
      1m 34s
  6. 18m 5s
    1. Creating a discussion forum
      3m 53s
    2. Setting up a chat room
      3m 10s
    3. Blogging
      2m 57s
    4. Creating a wiki
      4m 12s
    5. Creating a glossary
      3m 53s
  7. 26m 45s
    1. Setting up a text assignment
      4m 9s
    2. Setting up a file assignment
      3m 50s
    3. Making a group assignment
      4m 3s
    4. Using blind marking
      3m 35s
    5. Student view of an assignment
      2m 14s
    6. Grading an assignment
      1m 57s
    7. Dealing with deadlines
      1m 35s
    8. Downloading assignments
      1m 50s
    9. Uploading feedback files
      3m 32s
  8. 12m 59s
    1. Gradebook overview
      2m 16s
    2. Organizing your gradebook
      1m 51s
    3. Manually adding grades
      1m 44s
    4. Adding custom scales
      2m 44s
    5. Importing and exporting grades
      4m 24s
  9. 11m 32s
    1. Overview of Moodle's quiz
      1m 38s
    2. Setting up a quiz front page
      3m 39s
    3. Adding questions to a quiz
      4m 6s
    4. Student view of a quiz
      2m 9s
  10. 10m 51s
    1. Feedback, Choice, or Survey?
      3m 2s
    2. Online voting with Choice
      4m 8s
    3. Getting student feedback
      3m 41s
  11. 14m 19s
    1. Enabling activity completion
      3m 42s
    2. Restricting access to activities
      3m 40s
    3. Enabling manual self-completion for a course
      2m 35s
    4. Enabling automatic course completion
      2m 56s
    5. Viewing completion reports
      1m 26s
  12. 11m 59s
    1. Viewing reports and logs
      2m 36s
    2. Importing from other courses
      2m 18s
    3. Backing up your course
      2m 8s
    4. Restoring a course
      3m 22s
    5. Resetting your course at year-end
      1m 35s
  13. 52s
    1. Next steps
      52s

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