Dialogue - main entry

The dialogue tool in a topic ideally consists of 4 stages, in a looped process.

1. Plan  |  2. Build  |  3. Test  |  4. Administer  ||  Support 
Dialogue icoxThe 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.


1. Plan your dialogue

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.


2. Build

The dialogue tool can be set up with a few quick steps:

  1. In your topic click Turn editing on
    turn editing on
  2. In the week/module where you want the dialogue to appear, click Add an activity or resource
    add an activity or resource button
  3. Select Dialogue and click add button
  4. Fill in the dialogue Name and Introduction
    type a dialogue name and description
  5. Click Save and display
    save and display button


    3. Test

    The easiest way to see how the dialogue tool works is to try it out with a colleague (or multiple colleagues).


    4. Administer

    You can send a message to a particular person, or send identical copies of a message to everyone in a group.

    1. In the dialogue activity, click Create
      Select 'create'

    2. 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.
      Begin typing the user's name and then select student from the drop-down menu

      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.

      select a group from the drop-down menu

    3. Enter a Subject and type a Message
      type a subject and message

    4. 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.
      click save
    If you are not receiving notifications about new messages, check your notification settings in the preferences menu:
    Preferences menu Notifications link

      Training and support

      Troubleshooting

    Support
    eLearning support team
    There are no known issues with this tool.

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