The chat activity module enables participants to have text-based, real-time synchronous discussions.
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
Younger children using chat at home in the evenings as a controlled (monitored) introduction to the world of social networking
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