Ralph Blackwelder (@webyer) has a really interesting video on Youtube that highlights his use of Digsby‘s (a free chat utility/web service) Widget in an HTML block (http://widget.digsby.com/) which he employs instead of the Moodle chat. By doing so it allows him to provide students a simple easy way to connect with him anytime he’s online at one of his computers (he doesn’t have to be logged into Moodle with the chat open).
The widget in his classroom lets students know whether or not he’s online (and provides 1-click chatting). Pretty slick.
- easy access for students
- allows access even when not logged into Moodle
- ID verification
- need the chat client
Check it out and let us know what you think…