The dialogue tool allows you to start one-to-one conversations with your students, or allows students to initiate conversations with you or others in the topic. A copy of all messages will be kept within the topic.
The dialogue tool has some similarities to other communication methods (e.g. email, forums, messages). Dialogue allows for one to one conversations inside the topic, as opposed to forums which
are mainly for group discussions and messaging, which is for one to one discussion, but is not recorded in the topic.
You could use the dialogue tool to:
ask a question of some or all students in your topic, and have them reply individually
ask students if they have any problems working in their project teams.
Conversations between a student and a staff member can be seen by all staff with access to the topic. This can be useful for larger topics, but may not be appropriate for topics where a lot of sensitive discussions are expected.
The dialogue tool can be set up with a few quick steps:
In your topic click Turn editing on
In the week/module where you want the dialogue to appear, click Add an activity or resource
Select and click
Fill in the dialogue Name and Introduction
Click Save and display
The easiest way to see how the dialogue tool works is to try it out with a colleague (or multiple colleagues).
You can send a message to a particular person, or send identical copies of a message to everyone in a group.
In the dialogue activity, click Create
If sending a message to a single person, start typing the users name in the People box. Select the name of the person from the dropdown list.
If sending a message to multiple people, click on Bulk open rule and select a group to send the message to. If you want to include any users who may join the group in the future, tick Include future members.
Enter a Subject and type a Message
Click the Send button when you are ready. If you are sending a message to a group, each person in the group will get an individual copy of the message.
If you are not receiving notifications about new messages, check your notification settings in the preferences menu: