The Chat module allows participants to have a real time synchronous discussion via the
web. 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
Setup properties include the ability to establish a Chat session date/time (displayed on
course calendar), schedule repeating chat sessions, a period for saving past chat
sessions for students to review and whether or not these past sessions can be viewed.
A choice activity is very simple the teacher asks a question and specifies a choice of
multiple responses. It can be useful as a quick poll to stimulate thinking about a topic; to
allow the class to vote on a direction for the course; or to gather research feedback.
The Choice properties window allows you to select whether results from the actitivy are
published for participants to view (anonymously or known) and whether a participant can
modify their original selection. You can also set whether the results page will display a
column showing unanswered participants.
This module provides a simple communication method between pairs of users. A teacher
can open an dialogue with a student, a student can open a dialogue with a teacher, and
(optionally) a student can open a dialogue with another student. A teacher or student can
be involved in many on going dialogues at any time. If you were a teacher, you might think
of this as an after school personal meeting. If you were a mentor, this could be a one to
one session. Students can use a dialogue to help each other in a private manner.
Setup properties allow you to select whether a dialogue is deleted a certain number of
days after it has been closed, the type of dialogue instance being created (i.e., teacher to
student, student to student or everybody) whether more than one dialogue per person is
permitted and whether Moodle will automatically send out an e mail notifying each party
that a comment has been added to the dialogue.
This activity can be most important in terms of helping learners construct new knowledge
it is here that discussion among participants and teachers takes place. Forums can be
structured in different ways, and can include peer rating of each posting. The postings can
be viewed in a variety for formats, and can include attachments. By subscribing to a
forum, participants will receive copies of each new posting in their email. A teacher can
impose subscription on everyone if they want to.
Forum setup properties include:
How students are allowed to post to a forum
Whether subscription is forced
Maximum size of attachment upload
Whether posts can be rated and by whom, the type of rating scale used and how
students can view these ratings, and a time period in which ratings can be applied.
Participants can choose how they wish to receive forum posts
and other e mail that Moodle sends out, by changing their
Edit profile preferences (e.g. single message for each post
made, daily digest of all messages etc.)