Creating Chat Rooms

The chat activity module enables participants to have text-based, real-time synchronous discussions.

Uses for Moodle Chat Rooms

The chat may be a one-time activity or it may be repeated at the same time each day or each week. Chat sessions are saved and can be made available for everyone to view or restricted to users with the capability to view chat session logs.

Chats are especially useful when the group chatting is not able to meet face-to-face, such as

Regular meetings of students participating in online courses to enable them to share experiences with others in the same course but in a different location

A student temporarily unable to attend in person chatting with their teacher to catch up with work

Students out on work experience getting together to discuss their experiences with each other and their teacher

A question and answer session with an invited speaker in a different location

Sessions to help students prepare for tests where the teacher, or other students, would pose sample questions

How to Create a Chat Room

Turn Editing On

Click Add an Activity or Resource

Select Chat Room from the menu and click Add

Enter Chat Room Info

Enter a name and description for the chat room. You can also set the parameters for the chat room. Set Chat time, Restrict Access if needed, set a timeframe for when chat messages can be deleted, etc.

Once you have entered all of the details, you may save and display or return to the course.

Once this task is completed you can get to chatting!

Our sample Chat Room is called "Let's Talk".

For participants to access this chat they can select the chat room on their course page and then select Click here to enter the chat now to talk in real time.