In Moodle 1.5 you can also send messages to individuals privately.
Attachments are sent as regular email attachments, so students don't have to login to get them. One big use here is sending messages about assignments, attendence, etc. to a few select students.
We will be updating it for 1.5, and one idea we were thinking of adding was to enable the teacher the option to send an IM to a selected group of students rather than an email.
MyFiles, we have it working as a central (user based-rather than course based as in the old version) file store now with per user/per course access rights, hopefully more improvements to come in the near future.
Ah, ok, great, I was thinking of this in the new Messaging too. If you want to work on that let me know! I want to focus all messaging work through the new Messaging facility now, because it allows the recipient to choose what format they receive the message in (popup, email, forwarded to ICQ etc)
There's an interesting idea in the bug tracker from years ago about a mode where you can traipse through Moodle, click checkboxes next to people's names in all sorts of areas (eg forums) and they would get stored up in a buffer. Then when you go to messaging the list there is to edit and send to.
But a simple ad-hoc selection tool within Messaging would be good to start with. The interface needs some care to keep it simple.
I did like the idea of PJ of checking checkboxes in "Participants" list and having a button to send either instant message/e-mail to all checked. A similar checkbox could be added to the Groups lists. I see quite natural to use the "Participants/Group" lists as a king of adressbook from where to dispatch messages.
PJ had a working example, do yo see implementation / functional problems in this approach?
- Enrique -
Hi Michael and Martin
Thank you Michael, you made my point. I hope to see something like Quickmail and Myfiles soon. This features are part of many commercial EL programms today
Also thanks to Martin of course for your consideration and your Moodle, I am enjoying it very much. It is becoming a hobby.
And Michael, before I forget to ask. Ik would be very gratefull if you would send me the versions for Moodle 1.5 if you have one by mail. Until now I could never find these blocks. Ger Tielemans send then to me by mail