Using Chat

Chat activity


Entering the chat

Joining in a chat session

'Compact' looks like this:

The chat module contains some features to make chatting a little nicer.


Any smiley faces (emoticons) that we can type elsewhere in Moodle can also be typed in here and they will be displayed correctly.


Internet addresses will be turned into links automatically.


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


We 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".


If you click the 'Talk' link by a person's name, it will then add their name in the chat box to show your message is directed at that particular person, such as: 'Mary said to Brian Franklin...'


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

Chat reports

Teachers can also access past chat sessions from the Chat administration in the Course administration block.

Clicking on 'See this session' will display a transcript of that particular chat:

Exporting chat sessions

Users with the capabilities to export chat session which they took part in or export any chat session can download or export past chat sessions to any portfolio enabled by the administrator. If Portfolios have not been enabled, then users will not see a link to "Export" chat sessions.

Why use chat?

Why NOT use chat?

See also

Working example of Chat from the School demo site. Log in with username "student" and password "moodle" to try out the chat. You might be chatting to yourself though:)