Sure enough ! But i only suggested that because you talked about the eventuality of adding up a chat module to moodle. So I said to myself let it be vocal and visual.
Obviously one can still connect to IRC or Paltalk ! In fact i've been looking for an open source software that could to the job (if not built in ito moodle at least linked to it in a way or another like they do in CMS like postnuke, xoops, PHPnuke). As a matter of fact it would be even nicer if moodle as a whole could be part of a larger cms like xoops (which I'm familiar with) : you shouldn't have this way to worry about those things.
I'm working mainly with languages and without synchronous capability i feel quite stranded
It's my experience that synchronous stuff is almost always difficult to get working properly on all platforms (client and server), not to mention different firewalls and bandwidths. Text/whiteboard will be difficult enough, but I fear streaming audio/video is going to be nearly impossible to implement on most people's Moodle servers with any degree of reliability. In many ways it's much worse to implement something that only works for a few people than to just not implement it at all.
That said, I recently saw an implementation of Moodle with HearMe embedded in a frame to the side - it "just worked" for me on Windows XP which was nice for a change and I had a good chat to the guy who set it up. Unfortunately it isn't open source, but if we can find a good Open Source solution for this I'll be "on to it like a shot", believe me.
Out of interest, have you used PalTalk (or something similar) for educational conversations? How did it go?
Well, although visual communication would be difficult enough to be implemented how about text communication?
It wouldn't be that difficult, would it? For example a teacher could set some hours of the week to be on line and solve a students' questions, or they all could discuss a subject.
How about it?