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Add a Chat

August 3, 2016 - August 3, 2016

The chat activity module allows the students in your course to have a real-time synchronous discussion via the web. To use the chat tool, you will need to create a chat room for you and your students and set a time when everyone can log in and meet. You can create one session for the entire course or set up repeating sessions for multiple meetings.

Step 1: On the top right hand corner of the Moodle interface, click on "Turn Editing On."

Turn Editing Moodle on

Step 2: Select Chat from the “Activities" menu.

Add activity - chat

Step 3: Give the chat room a name and provide directions on how to use the room in the Introduction text.

Chat - General, Description

Step 4: Set the time for the first chat session in the Next chat time.
· Repeat sessions determines how frequently the chat is set to be in use.
· Save past sessions determines whether or not past chat logs are saved.
· Everyone can view past sessions determines who can view past chat logs.

Chat sessions


Step 5: Click “Save Changes and Return to Course."

Save and Return to Course

Using Chats:

Even if you've set chat times, the chat is always open to students. Moodle does not restrict access to the chat based on the times you set when you create the chat. Instead it creates entries in the course calendar that remind people to log in for the chat at certain times.

During the chat:

To type messages, enter text in the text field at the bottom of the screen and hit Send. Your message will be broadcast to everyone logged into the chat.


Chat Room