The Chat tool in Moodle enables instant written communication between class participants. This tool is especially convenient for TA sessions or Q&A sessions right before exams or paper submission dates. Through this chat tool TAs can be available to the class participants for an extensive time, without actually sacrificing too much of their private time. Furthermore, TA efficiency will be improved because TAs will have the ability to explain one issue to different people at the same time. The chat tool is not only convenient to the TAs, but is also convenient to the students as well. Instead of having students walk across campus for a TA session, students can just log-in to Moodle and ask question there.
How to create a chat?
Make sure that the editing mode in Moodle has been turned on. Then, go to the "Add an activity" menu and select Chat.
1) You will be asked to give a name to the chat room as well as a brief explanation for the chat. For instance, you may choose to fill in the blanks with "Chat with the TA." Then, proceed to clicking the Save button at the bottom of the page.
2) Now that you have the chat room ready and available to students, you may tell them to go there and contact the TA.
What can you do in the chat room?
Except for posting simple text, below you can find some suggestions that come straight from the developers of Moodle Chat:
One of the best chat features is the Beeps. Beeps allow you to draw the attention of a person in the chat room. By beeping them, they will know that they should check the chat room for new posts.
We hope that this chat tool will be used by TAs and students. It is very convenient and effective, especially when it comes down to giving quick assistance.