Dialogue Guide

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What is Dialogue?

Dialogue is a communication tool that enables you to have a one to one, confidential dialogue with each of your students.  It sits on your course page and at any time one participant can initiate a dialogue that can only be seen by themselves and the other person they are communicating with.  Dialogues can be initiated between:

  • Facilitator to an individual student
  • Individual student to facilitator
  • Individual student to other individual student
  • Facilitator to a group of students

It is useful tool to give assessment or progress feedback to a student in a confidential way. 

It can also be used as a counselling tool for any students having difficulties.

All dialogue activities are logged, and there is no email required.  It is convenient to be able to go back to your dialogues to review any conversations, as they are arranged in date order (according to the preference you select) and you can see the topics clearly.


Step 1

Turn editing on
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Add a Dialogue Tool to your course

Turn editing on in your course page.

Step 2

Add an activity or resource
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Click on  + Add an activity or resource.

Step 3

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Choose "Dialogue" from the activities list, by ticking on the radio button.

Step 4

Dialogue Add
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Then scroll down to the bottom of the list and click the "Add" button

Step 5

Dialogue Wizard
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This will give you a wizard to create your Dialogue tool.

Give your dialogue a name in the "Dialogue name" field and write a description message setting out the purpose of the dialogue, or a task the students are to report on, in the "Description" field.



Step 6

Dialogue Common Module Settings
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You can use "Common Module Settings" to change the availability of the dialogue activity. There are three availability settings,

  1. Show on course page - The dialogue activity is available to students.
  2. Hide from students - The dialogue activity is only available to users with lecturer role.
  3. Make available but not show on course page - A link to the dialogue activity must be provided from elsewhere, such as from a page resource. The activity would still be listed in gradebook and other reports. 

Step 7

Save and return to course
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For a basic dialogue activity, you do not need these other settings, so click "Save and Return to Course" or "Save and Display."

Step 8

Sample of Dialogue Create button
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Using the Dialogue Activity

To initiate a dialogue with another participant in the course, click on the activity

This will take you to the Dialogue where you can create a new dialogue by clicking "Create"

You are now in the wizard for creating a dialogue

Step 9

Dialogue Search Participants
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You can find an individual to dialogue with by clicking on the small arrow, which will give you a list of participants.

Step 10

Dialogue Message
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Select one applicant, and their name will appear in the "People" field.  You can add other names to this, and the same message will go to all, but you will only be able to dialogue with one at a time.

In the "Message" field type your feedback, information or questions. 

You can drag and drop documents as attachments in the "Attachments" area - simply click a document on your desk top, and holding down the left mouse button, drag it across into the space. This is useful if you wish to attach and assignment of the student's about which you are giving feedback.


Step 11

Dialogue Send
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Click "Send"

You will be taken back to the Dialogue activity and you will see your conversation listed, as well as how long ago it was posted. 

Step 12

Initiate a dialogue with a group or all participants (Bulk Opening)

With lecturer role you can initiate a dialogue with all participants, or a specific group.  If you initiate a dialogue with all participants, everyone in the course will receive your initial message, but when each individual replies, the conversation will only be seen by you and that participant.

To initiate a dialogue with a group, first you have to create a group and a grouping using the groups function (see the Group Selection guide)  Once you have initiated a message to a group, any subsequent dialogue with individuals can only be seen by yourself and the other individual who responded.  The group cannot see each other's dialogue with you.

Step 13

Bulk open rule
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To inititate a dialoge with a group or all participants, create a new dialoge as shown in step 8

Then go to Bulk open rule section and select a prefered option (group or all participants) from the Group dropdown menu.

Finally compose a message and send it to the selected party.

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