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The Chat Activity runs a live (synchronous) discussion for learners.
This is similar to Instant Messaging (IM) software that most learners will be familiar with.
Click here view an animation on using the Chat Activity.

... and Scribe

The Chat and Scribe Activity combines a Chat Activity with a Scribe Activity for collating the chat group's view on questions created by the teacher. When used in small group mode, the tool creates parallel Chat and Scribe areas for each small group, and then shows the outcome of each group collated on a whole class page.

Click here view an animation on using the Chat and Scribe Activity.

Chat Authoring

All properties sheets contain three tabs:

  • Basic: Which controls the Content of the Activity.
  • Advanced: Which controls the Behaviour of the Activity.
  • Instructions: Provides information on the structure of the activity.

Basic Tab

View of the Chat Activity Basic tab.

The Basic Tab for the Chat Activity allows you to specify a title for the activity, and give learners a set of instructions for completing the activity:

  • Title: All Activities have a web page title which is presented at the top of the activity page when displayed in the Learning Environment. This is NOT the same title as the Title that can be set using the Properties Inspector.
  • *Instructions:*All Activities have a text area that is presented beneath the title. This is where the main activity text to be displayed to learners is entered. The text can be formatted using the Rich-Text Editor. Image, Video, Audio and URL content can also be displayed in the Instructions area.
  • Specific Features: The Chat activity has no specific features on the Basic tab.

Advanced Tab

View of the Chat Activity Advanced tab.

  • Lock When Finished: This option is available on all Activities.
    • Enabling this option in Chat means that the Chat session will only run "live" until the last learner clicks _Finish._If afterwards they return to the chat, they will only see a history record of the chat session, and will not be able to continue chatting.
    • If this option is disabled, the Chat session will run "live" until the sequence is stopped by a monitor.
  • Add Notebook... : This option is available on all Activities. Enabling this option creates a Notebook as part of the Activity, which Learner's can use to reflect on the activity just completed. The reflections are personal (ie: not shared with other learners).
  • Filter Messages: This option is Specific to the Chat activity.
    • If enabled, Filter Messages allows you to specify a list of words to be replaced by asterisks (eg: ****) in the Chat window.

      Ask your LAMS Administrator to modify the default content of the Chat Activity so as to replace explicit language by default.


View of the Instructions tab. This is the same for all activities.

The Instructions tab contains the same features for all Activities.

It allows the Author to create specific instructions for the activity, as well as upload files that may be useful for running the activity (ie: support documents, etc.). It is a resource that can be used by teachers who are running the sequence for their learners. (In the Monitoring Environment, the Instructions for an Activity can be viewed by double clicking the activity on the Sequence tab and then selecting the Instructions tab.

There are two types of Instruction possible, Offline and Online, depending on the mode that the teacher wishes to run the activity. The feature is useful for teachers who are sharing sequences with their colleagues as it provides an area where the Author can describe any learning objectives and/or the specific purpose of the activity.

Monitoring Chat

Summary Screen

View of the Chat Monitoring Summary tab.

The Summary Tab for Chat allows Monitors to observe the Chat session in several ways.

  • Monitors can enter the chat session and directly contribute by clicking Open Chat.
  • Existing chat messages can be edited or removed by selecting Edit Messages.

The Summary tab also displays the most recently posted message for each chat session, and also display statistics about the number of Learners and Number of postings for each chat session.


View of the Chat Monitoring Instructions tab.

In the Authoring Environment, Authors can use the Instructions Space to attach support files for a specific activity, or leave comments for othe Monitors about how a given activity should be run.

These comments and files can be viewed from here - the Instructions Tab.

Edit Activity

Clicking the Edit Activity button opens a new screen identical to the _'Basic'_tab in the authoring environment. In the current version of LAMS (2.0.4), Editing can only be performed on activities that students have not yet reached.

Unlike Live Edit, this form of Editing can only modify the content of an activity, as opposed to the structure of a sequence.


The Chat Summary screen simply displays a breakdown of the number of individual messages that each Learner has entered in a chat session.