Using the Chat Room

You can then enter the chat by clicking on the link in your course. You’ll see something like this screen:


View past sessions – This link in the upper right, will take you to an archive of any past sessions

Click here to enter the chat now – will take you to a frame based chat room. It will look similar to this:


You’ll see a list of all the people who have entered the chat room on the right. On the left, will be each message entered by the users, along with their name and time stamp. To enter a message just type in the bottom section and press the “return” or “enter” key on your keyboard. The chat module contains some features to make chatting a little nicer.

Smilies - Any smiley faces (emoticons) that you can type elsewhere in Moodle can also be typed in here and they will be displayed correctly. For example, smile = smile

Links - Internet addresses will be turned into links automatically.

Emoting - You can start a line with "/me" or ":" to emote. For example, if your name is Kim and you type ":laughs!" or "/me laughs!" then everyone will see "Kim laughs!"

Beeps - You can send a sound to other people by hitting the "beep" link next to their name. A useful shortcut to beep all the people in the chat at once is to type "beep all".

HTML - If you know some HTML code, you can use it in your text to do things like insert images, play sounds or create different colored and sized text.

Version without frames and JavaScript – will take you to a simpler chat room that doesn’t use frames or JavaScript. This page looks like this:

Here, you see a list of participants at the top, and can send a message beneath the list of participants. You can use the submit button to submit your message, and the refresh button to see the list of messages below. If you check mark the “show only new” box, you will only see new messages. This option is good if students are on machines that have JavaScript disabled for some reason.

Also worth noting… is that some of your students can enter the normal frame chat, while others enter the non-frame chat room. They will still all interact with each other. They are just different windows to the same information.