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  • The Chat activity allows course members to hold real-time, text-based conversations with other course members. Different chat rooms can be set up for the same course. For example, a course may have some chats where meeting times are scheduled, and others that are always available. Chat sessions can...
  • Instructors and students can communicate and collaborate using Moodle Forums. Instructors can create discussion topics or, depending on the forum type, allow students to originate topics. Course members can then "post" replies, and "subscribe" if they want to receive an email copy of each post made...
  • Moodle provides many communications tools.  This overview will help you learn about the strengths and limitations of each tool and when you might choose to use it. The News Forum The News Forum is a unique forum that acts as an announcements tool for your Moodle course. It appears by default in...
  • Moodle can send email messages in a variety of ways: through automated email notifications from activities (e.g., the News Forum), from the Quickmail block, or the Participants list. Moodle sends emails but does not have an inbox where you can receive email. What are the different ways Moodle...
  • The Forum activity in Moodle allows teachers to grade individual forum posts made by students. Grades in the Forum activity are referred to as Ratings.  When instructors and TAs assign a rating to selected posts in a specific forum, the ratings are then aggregated according to the forum's settings...
  • Student interaction is a key strength of Moodle. While instructors can easily use activities in Moodle to deliver content and assess learning, Moodle also supports student-led activities and collaboration, especially in combination with using groups. This document discusses some strategies and...
  • Moodle allows you to import a calendar using the .ics file format, or subscribe to a public online calendar. Any Moodle user, including students, can import events to show only to themselves. Instructors can import events to display for a Course or a Group within a course.   In the Calendar...
  • Moodle makes it easy to keep track of your course’s online discussions by using email notifications.  However, improper settings can result in too many emails.  This handout will show you how to control these notifications, and keep your inbox uncluttered. There are two places where you need to...
  • Moodle makes it easy to keep track of online discussions in your courses using email notifications when you are "subscribed" to a forum. This page shows you how to control these notifications and prevent your inbox from being flooded with too many messages. There are two places where you need to...
  • Moodle does not come with a pre-configured activity for individual student journals, but you can set up journals using a Forum. You can make journaling spaces private so that only the instructor and TAs can read students' posts, or you can allow students to read but not edit or comment on each...
  • The Quickmail block allows instructors and TAs (and students, if the instructor allows) to send emails to course members from Moodle. Instructors who use Moodle may find Quickmail a convenient alternative to setting up a Class Email List in SPIRE. Note: Emails sent from Quickmail are always sent...
  • The News forum is a special forum that acts as an announcements tool for your Moodle course. Only instructors and TAs can post to the News forum, and by default, posts made to the News forum are emailed to class members. Students cannot leave replies to the posts; it's a one-way tool. Unique...