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Moodle Help Guide

Communicating with an Entire Class

There are several ways for an instructor to use Moodle to send a message to the entire class:

Course Announcements: Every Moodle course contains a Course Announcements forum. When you post a message here, all the students enrolled in the course will automatically receive an email with the content of that message. Only instructors can post to this forum (using the "Add a New Discussion" button). You can include attachments like videos and PDFs. Both you and your students can easily view past messages that you've posted, by looking through the Course Announcements activity.

Quickmail: Course Announcements are the best way to communicate with an entire class as a group. As mentioned above, a course announcement does send an email to all your students. Quickmail, which some MHC faculty may recall using in the past, is no longer supported by our Moodle hosting vendor. We have had reports of it breaking for some of the last faculty to use it, and we cannot install it or recommend its use at this time. We are looking into supported alternatives to Quickmail, and hope to have something we can implement in future semesters. 

Communicating with Individual Students or Small Groups

There are several ways to communicate with individual students or small groups in your course:

Messages: The Messages tool is found near your name, at the top right corner of the screen. Click on the speech bubble to access this tool. You can adjust the settings of Messages to limit who can contact you via this tool, and you can also manage e-mail notifications here. A record is kept in your Messages of the conversations you have had with individuals. This allows for quick contact between you and individual students. Attachments are not allowed.

Forums for Individuals or Small Groups: You can restrict access to a Forum to an individual learner or a specific group or groups, and use that Forum to provide feedback and otherwise communicate with those students.

Quickmail: Quickmail, which some MHC faculty may recall using in the past, is no longer supported by our Moodle hosting vendor. We have had reports of it breaking for some of the last faculty to use it, and we cannot install it or recommend its use at this time. We recommend using the above options, instead, or your email, for small group or individual communications with students. We are looking into supported alternatives to Quickmail, and hope to have something we can implement in future semesters.

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