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Moodle has a built-in messaging system to help facilitate communication between yourself and other students and other members of the campus community such as faculty and staff. For my homepage I can see I have a new message here from Chris Mattia, welcoming me to my Coral Reef Ecology class and asking me to check out the course syllabi before I come to class the first day. It's posted on my Moodle course. Since I see the message right here, I can simply choose to ignore it or I could go to the message. Another way to access the messaging system inside of Moodle is on the homepage, look for the Navigation block.
In my case, I've got the Navigation block over here on the left-hand side. Inside of Navigation, look for a link for My profile. When you click on My profile, you'll oftentimes find a link for Messages underneath of that. Go ahead and click on Messages and it'll take you into the messaging system for Moodle. Here we can see that we have one unread message, we currently have nobody in our contact list, and we have one incoming contact, and this message is from Chris Mattia. I'll go ahead and click on the link for Chris Mattia and now I see the conversation that's going on between Elvis and Chris.
If I want to be able to add Chris to my contact list, I can simply click the Add contact button and Chris is now added to my online contacts so I can quickly communicate back with him. We can also see that he has previously sent me a message about the lecture materials being posted and now I have this message up here welcoming me to the class. I can respond to this by simply typing into the Message blank at the bottom, "Thanks, will check it out," and then send the message by clicking the Send message button.
That message is then sent back to the other user. On the left-hand side I can click the Search button to be able to search for other people or other messages. I know there's another student in my class named Al that I'd like to set up a study group with. So simply click inside the Search field here and type in his name Al. Then I'll click the Search people and messages and now I can find other users that have the name Al in them. Al Uminium is the student that I'm trying to contact. It's also found Sally Jones, because there's an al in the middle of her name.
If I'd like to add Al to my contacts list, I can simply click the green plus. It'll add Al over to my contacts. Now I can see the difference between having contacts that are currently online or currently offline. If I want to delete a particular user, I can simply click the circle with the line through it to block that contact. I can also use the Message history. Since I've sent some messages back and forth between Chris and I, I can go ahead and click on the Message history link. That'll take me back in to all of the chats that we've been previously having using the messaging system.
Now the messaging system is not just for short message communication. On the left-hand side, under the Settings block there's another link for Messaging. Let's go ahead and click inside of there. This will take you into your messaging settings or preferences. Now you can control how you want to receive messages through the Moodle system. I'll like to make sure that the Email column is checked all the way down for all individual items. That way any time a message is sent to me through the campus Moodle system, I'll also receive an email.
That way if I'm out and about, I know I'm already checking my campus email on my cell phone. That way I'll never miss a message when it comes in if I want to check it. I can also choose to select Popup notification for various different items, such as if I'm logged in and online and I've handed in an essay and it gets graded, I want to know about it right away. So I can check on the grade. Go ahead and look through some of the settings here. The default settings for the most part are pretty good. I'll go ahead and scroll down. I can also set up to have email sent to another email address besides my campus email address, which might is my default address that's showing up here.
So if I have a personal account, I can also have it send my messages to that account instead. If I don't like the idea of having other students to be able to contact me through this system, I can check the box to prevent non-contacts from messaging me. That way I won't get any messages from anybody who I've not already set up as a contact. I'm going to go ahead and leave this option unchecked. That way other students in my class can reach me. I'll go ahead and click the Update profile button and all my settings have been saved. Let's go ahead and return back to the main page of our site by clicking the Home link in the breadcrumbs.
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