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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.

Instructions

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.

Branching Condition for Chat

The Chat Tool now supports Text Based Conditions (see See LDEV-1945 on bugs.lamsfoundation.org). This means that Learners can be assigned to groups or streamed along branches according to their responses to a Chat Activity.

Adding a Text Based condition to a Chat Activity

  • To add a new condition to a Chat, first click the new Conditions Tab at the top of the screen, then click Add Condition.
    • A unique name must be given to each condition created for the activity. It's best practice to relate the name to what the condition is testing for, such as: "Answered Blue" or "Mentioned Oxygen".
  • For each condition, there are several options for how to search the Learners responses:
    • Have all of these words: will seperate the learners who have entered each of the given words as part of their response.
    • Have this exact wording: will seperate the learners who have entered the exact phrase as part their response.
    • Have none of these words: will seperate the learners who have mentioned at least one of the given words as part of their response.
    • Have none of these unwanted words: seperates the learners who have not mentioned any of the given words.
  • These rules can be used simultaneously, and also can be applied to one or more seperate questions.

Examples:

Conditions can be very specific:
To separate the learners who have replied with Foo and Bar in their response:

have all these words:

foo bar

have this exact wording or phrasing:

 

have one or more of these words:

 

have none of these unwanted words:

 

... less specific...
To separate the learners who have replied with either Foo or Bar:

have all these words:

 

have this exact wording or phrasing:

 

have one or more of these words:

foo bar

have none of these unwanted words:

 

... and very complex!
To separate the learners who have:

  • replied Foo
  • replied Bat or Bar
  • but not replied with Foobar

have all these words:

bat

have this exact wording or phrasing:

 

have one or more of these words:

bat bar

have none of these unwanted words:

foobar


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