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In this course, author Chris Mattia helps educators create online courses that complement classroom-based instruction and foster student interaction using the free learning management system Moodle. The course details the basics of setting up a test environment, disseminating course information, creating forums, and assessing student progress. Tutorials on building course materials with Moodle's built-in HTML editor, preparing and posting various types of media, uploading assignments, and evaluating tests automatically are also included.
There are varieties of ways in order to send messages and emails to your students. In this movie we'll explore one of these methods. To begin with, make sure you're inside of your course and you have editing turned on. Then go ahead and scroll down on the right-hand side and look for the Add a block block, click the dropdown menu, and look for the listing for People. Click People and when your screen refreshes, scroll back down again until you find the People block. Go ahead and click on the link for participants. This will take you to a page that'll show you all the participants in your course.
In order to send a message to all of the students but not include yourself, go down to the bottom of the page and click the Select all button. You can then come up in the right-hand column and uncheck the box next to your name. This way only your students are selected. Then, back down in the bottom, click the dropdown menu for Choose. Now you have a couple of options here: Send a message, Add a new note, Add a common note. In this case, we're going to use the Send a message to, so go ahead and click Send a message, and a new message window appears.
All we need to do is type in the message that we want to send to all of our students here in the main body. We can use the HTML Editor in order to format this message if we want to. In this case, we'll just let the students know that their Week 1 lecture materials have been posted to the course Moodle site. We can see our message that we want to send. We can then simply scroll down to the bottom. Here we get one more chance to check and see what students we want to send this message to. The next step is to simply click the Preview button to preview our message.
This is how the message is going to look when we send it to our students. If we want to make any edits, we can get the Update button; or if we are happy with our message, we can hit the Send message button. The students on our list have now been sent this message through the internal Moodle messaging system. You can control your preferences to your messaging system by going over to the left-hand column and clicking on the My profile Settings dropdown menu and then selecting Messaging. Here you can see all of the different settings for how you'll be contacted if a message is sent to you.
If we scroll down just a little bit, I like to go ahead and check the box for Personal messages between users to be sent via email, even when I'm logged in. That way if I'm working within Moodle and another user messages me, as we just did, that message will pop up on screen so I can see it. But if I dismiss that message, it will still go to my email and I'll be sure to be able to follow up with that user. Go ahead and scroll all the way to the bottom and click the Update profile button, and now your messaging profile has been set up.
Go ahead and click back on the Home button in your breadcrumbs and then click back on the Coral Reef Ecology course listing to go back into your course.
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