Go to the top right corner of your Wattle site and click Turn editing on.
In the section to which you would like to add the Chat, click on the + Add an activity or resource button.
Then select Chat from the drop-down list and click Add.
On adding a new Chat, click on expand all (top right hand corner) to open up the sections.
Give the chat room a name and include a brief introductory description (optional).
Important note: When you set up a session, it will appear in the calendar so students know the schedule but it doesn't stop them accessing the chatroom at any other time. If you want to restrict sessions, see Steps 7 and 8.
Set a time when you want to publish the next chat.
Under repeat/publish session times, you will find these options:
- Don’t publish any chat times
- No repeats – publish the specified time only
- At the same time every day
- At the same time every week
Under save past sessions, choose from the dropdown how many days to save - or save everything by selecting Never delete messages. You can also decide whether or not to allow everyone to view past chat sessions.
Common module settings
In this section you can change the Availability setting, show or hide the chat on the course page or keep the chat under stealth mode (i.e. Hide chat from course page but make it available via a direct link or the auto linking function - see Stealth Activity user guides for more information).
You can also specify the groups that you want to access the chat.
Allows the addition of any further restrictions you might want to add to the chat.
Click on the Add restriction button and a panel will pop up (see Step 8).
On the panel, you can add restrictions based on Activity completion, Date, Grade, Group, User profile and Restriction set.
Note: If you want the chat to be available only at a specific times (e.g. During a tutorial), you will need to set a date restriction for every session.
This option is only available if Completion Tracking is enabled under Course administration. Students can use this to track their progress - an indicator is now available on their dashboard.
In the drop down menu beside Completion tracking, the Lecturer can choose from the options of:
- Do not indicate activity completion
- Students can manually mark the activity as completed
- Show activity as complete when conditions are met
Expect completed on a certain date by ticking the enable box, and then setting an expected date.
Click Save and display and you will be directed to enter the chat room on the next page.