Overview: Communication Tools in Moodle

The Announcements Forum

Announcements (previously called News Forum) is a unique forum that acts as an announcements tool for your Moodle course. It appears by default in the top section of your course homepage and is related to the Latest news block. By default, only instructors and TAs can post to Announcements.

To learn more about Announcements, go to How To: Use Course Announcements in Moodle.

Email (Quickmail)

The Quickmail block is available in Moodle courses. It allows instructors and TAs (and students, if the instructor allows) to send emails to course members from Moodle. 

Moodle will also send notification emails to inform users of particular activities such as a new post on the Announcements forum.

For an overview of Quickmail, go to Overview: The Quickmail Block in Moodle.

Moodle Profile Settings

Every Moodle user has the ability to control how they receive email notifications from Moodle. Your Moodle Profile settings control your default email digest and forum subscription, as well as whether or not your email address is included in the From field of messages sent by you from Moodle.

To learn more about Editing your Moodle Profile, follow this link: How To: Edit your Moodle Profile and Preferences. 

Discussion Forums

Instructors and students can communicate and collaborate in Moodle using Forums, sometimes called discussions. Instructors can create topics or, depending on the forum type, allow students to create topics to which course members can post a reply. 

To learn How To: Use Forums (Discussion Boards), follow the link.

The Upcoming Events Block & Calendar Block

The Upcoming events and Calendar blocks help you and your students to keep track of due dates and other important events in your course. When you add an activity with a due date to a Moodle course, the due date is automatically added to the course calendar. The Upcoming events block lists events approaching on the calendar.

Checklist Activities

The Moodle Checklist allows teachers to create a "to do" list for students to work through and provides an easy visual representation of what has been accomplished so far. With a Checklist, teachers can monitor progress as students complete items on the list, and students can see a progress bar showing the percentage of the items they have completed.

To learn How To: Add a Checklist Activity in Moodle, follow the link.

Group Communication & Collaboration Spaces

While instructors can easily use activities in Moodle to deliver content and assess learning, Moodle also supports student-led activities and collaboration. In addition to forums, you can make use of the group, wiki, and chat features of Moodle to facilitate collaboration. 

To learn more about Groups and Groupings, follow the link to an Overview of Groups and Groupings in Moodle.

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Article ID: 86951
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Sat 9/14/19 7:59 PM
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