The Moodle messaging system is internal to Moodle therefore all messages are sent and received within Moodle. Think of it as Moodle instant messaging. NOTE: By default, when a user receives a message and they are NOT actively online in Moodle, the message is also sent to the recipient via their configured email address. Recipients, who ARE actively online in Moodle at the time the message is sent, receive an alert that they have a new message. To see a list of messages, click on the arrow next to your name at the top of the page and then click the Messages button.
One drawback to using the Moodle messaging system is the inability to handle attachments and the inconsistency in getting the messages delivered to the course participants. This is because this system is designed more as an instant messaging medium rather than an email messaging system.
- In the Messages window click on the Search tab to search for the person, if appropriate checking the box "Only in my courses", then click on their name. (Alternatively, if the person is listed in the Online Users block, simply click on the "Add/send message" envelope opposite their name.)
- Type the message in the pop-up box then click on the "Send message" button.
The Quickmail block is an add-on to Moodle that allows a user to send e-mail to anyone in the class. The e-mail is composed and sent in Moodle, but received in the user's regular e-mail (Outlook, webmail, etc.). NOTE: The Quickmail block is usually a part of most courses, however if you do not see it contact the instructor.
The image to the right shows how Quickmail will appear when added to a course. The three links are described as follows:
- Compose: takes you to Quickmail's email composition page.
- History: takes you to a history of all your emails sent by Quickmail in the current course.
- Configuration: takes you to Quickmail's configuration screen; the same configuration screen as the block's edit button when course editing is turned on. This link only appears for course teachers and administrators.