Messaging in Moodle 2.0

I think you will appreciate the updates to the Moodle Messaging system in 2.0. In the past, you could either view messages when logged in to Moodle or have them forwarded to your email after a certain period of time elapsed. In the new version of Moodle Messaging, you have options.

According to the moodle.org website, the messaging system in 2.0 has been revamped significantly:

  • it is now event-driven.
  • it allows users to control exactly what messages they receive and how.

All users need to do is adjust their messaging options in their Profile Settings. To access Profile Settings, click Messaging under My Profile Settings:

profile settings

You will see a screen “Configure notification methods for incoming messages” where you can select how you want to be notified for various types of information.

Depending upon your permissions, you will have different options. However, it’s nice to set your messages maybe as pop-up windows when you are online and then receive by email when you are offline. You can do this also with forums you are subscribed to. This way, you can not only avoid email inbox overload (one of my pet peeves), but can stay on top of current information while you are logged in to your Moodle site.

configure settings

Making it easy for students to receive updated information when they are on their Moodle site is a great way to keep them engaged and informed. Moodle Messaging improvements also include the ability to to integrate with Jabber if the system admin enables that setting.

 

Easy Practice with Moodle 2.0

If you want to easily test Moodle, you can access an online site already set up. Any changes you make will be lost after some time, but this will allow you to work with the various activities and resources in Moodle, logging in as an admin, teacher, and student. I like to open several browsers, log in to the same course as different users, and see how the various activities/resources look with those permissions.

The site URL is http://demo.moodle.net and will show what version of Moodle is currently installed on the site. After you login, select “My Courses” and then select the course named “Features Demo.” This is in English (always helpful!) and is set up by separate topics, with each topic discussing an activity or other resource.

My Courses

You can use this just like your own course site, so take advantage and make edits, add content, and whatever else you want to do. It’s a great way to begin the Moodle 2.0 journey.