1. If it would be possible on the profile page to have an alternative e-mail address with the option of choosing wich one would be the main one.
2. If students could control the time that mail could be sent.
3. Having shorter subject lines for mail - especially not using so many dashes "---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- "
4. Letting the teacher turn off the option that students are always notified when there is an evaluation.
5. Hmmmm..... maybe lots of other things too
Martin, any ideas on how to deal with sonme of these issues? Would they mean major hacks or changes? At my school we have a consultant writing PHP based applications for us and he is also interested in Moodle Of course, rather than just do a local hack we'd like to contribute to changes in Moodle as much as possible. Is the cell phone problem mostly happening in Japan or is it broader?
I agree with all the points that you are making there.
I thnk that basically there needs to be two seperately formattable mail addresses.
1) Mail Templates Anyone?
I think that templates for mail addresses has been mentioned in the past.
Perhaps they will be coming in version 2 when there will be templates for the look of Moodle sites. Rather than assume that "email address 2" is a mobile email address, or even a Keitai email address (i.e. the Japanese system) perhaps it would be better to make a template-able second mail address, where the format of the mails sent to that address would be defined by a file in the themes folder. Then one could do away with the dashes, or even the reply address, just including the body of the mail perhaps, as one saw fit.
2) Email Notifcations Control
Then addiitionally, and this adds a lot of complexity to the system, but i guess it would be nice if one had more control over email notificatons. I am not entirely sure when Moodle sends out mail. Subscription, forum notification and grades are the three I am faimiliar with. Ideally there should be a single course page with two colums (one for each of email address 1 and email address 2) with enough rows to cover all those instances when mail is sent out so that one could click the check boxes to decide wether one wants each of the two maill addresses to be kept in the loop.
Email address 1
Email address 2
3) Moodle Gets Mail
More than just sending out mail, it would be great if mail could be sent to moodle - such as the possibility of sending forum posts by mail, ideally with photos too. If the moblogs can do it then it is possible.
4) Moodle without cookies and with Imode
And ideally it would be possible to access some parts of moodle via Imode. I think that the main problem is the lack of cookies in most Imode phones. Gordon Bateson suggested a way of getting around this problem by using a password in the URL that would reference some cell in the database that contains the information that would otherwise be stored in cookie. This is complex stuff. Gordon Bateson is pretty high powered. He can be employed apparently.
Just some ideas,
Hi. I'm taking an interest in using cell-phone too.
So I have some idea to solve limit of cell-phone.
1. I dont't have any idea to solve alternative e-mail address because it need to modify the Moodle source program.
But maybe you can use mail forward setting on your mail server. Is it effective?
2. New version of Moodle has a profile setting 'email digest type' , so your students can choose daily email with (full post | subject only).
3. If you use mail forwarding software like below, that has a string filter for cell-phone.
Please check.(But these are in Japanese.)
Now I'm using the ubiqun script in personally. But it is little difficult to use for students.
4. Sorry. I dont't have idea.
I have no selfconfidence English. I write same article in Japanese.
1. 複数のメールアドレスの設定をするには、Moodleの変更が必要と思われますので、良いアイデアを持ち合わせていません。ただ、たぶん、お使いのメールサーバーでは、何らかの形で、メールの転送などできると思います。UNIX系であれば、.forwardを使うとか... 学生への指導が必要ですが、普段学校のメールを読まない学生には、転送方法を指導して対応するというのはどうでしょう。
2. 最近のMoodleのバージョンでは、'email digest type' というのが、プロファイル設定でできるようです。これを使えば、一日分まとめてメール本文やタイトルだけを受け取ることができると思います。
1) I think that the trouble with forwarding is that the mails mojibake (barble) on most keitai (mobile phones). I am not sure but I thought that you or Mitsu explained why. Something to do with the fact that the subject can't be in EUC-JP.
2) The digest sounds good but it won't overcome the mojibake (garbling).
3) Aha! sorry, in other words if one uses these services then they will stop the mojibake?
4) You are probably right. There is no grading mail.
I'm very sorry that I don't have any effective ideas for this problem now.
But I think this problem is very important too.
In this summer vacation, I will try to modify php script. But don't expect.
I am not sure but I think that Mr. Kashiwagi et. al.'s anti garbling measures mean that moodle can now send non-garbled email to mobile phones. Please correct me if I am wrong. I have not hacked my moodle yet but I have recently asked that these venerable hacks be made part of the main moodle distribution.
How is work on the cell phone use of Moodle going? There was more talk of this in Singapore and it seems there are a lot of country-by-country specific problems. I wonder if this needs to be part of a large Mombusho grant proposal.
This is fantastic! As you know cell phones is ubiquitous here and this would be a great boon for Moodle as well as content writers.
If there is anything I can do to help (testing, etc. ), let me know.
If he needs research collaborators, please let us know.
Please see the new thread.