Use Moodle to Communicate with Your Students

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Moodle provides many options for instructors to communicate with their students electronically. Using various tools you can:

  • Send email announcements to the entire class (Announcements or Quickmail)
  • Send email to the entire class or to select students (Quickmail)

Use the Announcements Forum to Send a Message to an Entire Class

By default, every course has an Announcements forum and all students are subscribed by email to this forum unless they change their settings. Instructors can post to this forum and subscribed students receive messages in their campus email.  Students can check these Announcements at anytime to see any messages that they may have missed in their email. To send a message:

    • Click the Announcements forum link in your main course content area or the add a new topic link in your News block .
      Moodle announcement linkor          Moodle add a new news topic
    • Click the Add a new topic button.
      1. Enter a Subject line.
      2. Type your message in the Message section.
      3. OPTIONAL: Check the Mail now check box to send the message immediately, otherwise the message can be editing for up to 30 minutes before it’s sent to everyone.
      4. Click the Post to forum button.
        Moodle post a new news topic

Use QuickMail to Send a Message to the Entire Class or Select Students

The Quickmail block allows instructors to email students from their Moodle course site. Messages are forwarded to campus email accounts. Messages can include attachments, and can also be distributed to Moodle groups. Copies of the messages are saved inside the Quickmail block under History. However, Quickmail does not keep a record of any replies. Replies go to an instructor’s campus email.

Note: Students in your class can also use Quickmail to contact you or other students.

Moodle quickmail block

      1. In the Quickmail block, click the Compose New Email link.
      2. In the page that appears with the course participants names, click the Add all button or select each of the students who should receive the message and click Add.
      3. Enter a Subject line.
      4. Type your message in the Message section.
      5. Click the Send email button at the bottom of the page.

Add the Quickmail block, if needed

By default, every course has Quickmail on the left side. However, if you remove it, you can easily get it back.

    1. On the course home page, click the Turn editing on button. A block labeled Add a block will appear with a drop down menu.
    2. From the in the Add a block drop-down menu, select Quickmail.