1) Glossaries can be used as link directories, and they have categories. What is the difference between a glossary and a link directory?
2) Glossaries do allow linking one term with others that are used, and linked, as well as the main reference term. Is that what you want?
3) At the momement the news forums are generally used to "mass mail" students, and keep an archive of that mail in the forum, but there is a block available when you only want to send out mail.
4) Assistants (fine grained priveledges) are coming in V 2.0 I hear, but "teachers" that are not "course creators" might be used in this way.
And you have course creators, teachers and non-editing teachers too. There's quite a bit of flexibility "in the box", once you start playing with the knobs.
or related terms, If I had an entry on SQL, I also want my students to check other entries such as "MYSQL" and "Oracle".
1) There is a block that allows one to display a random subsection of glossary entries in a block. I guess that if there were 20 entries in the glossary, and the block were set to display 20 links then in a sense that might be a (links) "directory" view. Would it??! The "glossary_random" block is included as standard.
2) By using the words "MYSQL" and Oracle in the article of the SQL entry then these can be automatically linked to the MYSQL and Oracle articles, just as the word MYSQL is here linked to the glossary. You will have to type the words "See Also:" Does this do for you?
3) The Quickmail Block is from Michael Penney and friends at Humboldt University.
4) I think that the problem may be that all the roles other than student can see the gradebook (which is not something that one might wish an assistant to be able to do). It would not be difficult to make adjustments to the code so as to allow only those with editind privelidges access. But look out for version 2.0 with all sorts of roles.
Anyway, the moral is, do use glossary for a link directory, but be careful about using this in a random glossary entry block.
I am about to start using Moodle at the Faculty of Law at the University of São Paulo. We used to work with WebCT, but since it was very expensive the University didn't renew the license (which I think was a good decision, since I am an open source enthusiast).
I am posting to this forum because I miss (or I didn't find) a feature which I think is very useful: a tool to exchange emails with the students without using my (and their) regular email accounts. That is: a tool which makes possible to post messages (individual or collective) within Moodle. This way, neither me nor any student would be obliged to make his or her email address public.
I know there are news forums and social forums within Moodle, but - if am not wrong - all messages to these forums can be read by all students. As far as I know, there is no way to send a message to only one or to only some (but not all) students in my class, is there? That is what I am missing, since I don't want to make my regular email address public and I think my students may think the same way and may not want their address to be available to everybody in the class.
Thank you very much for your attention.
Welcome to Moodle. I am sure you will love it!
I think you mau be looking for the quickmail addon:
This block lets an intructor send an email to all or select students in his course. Attachments can also be sent and a history of sent mail is kept.
Hope that helps.
You can use the built in Instant Messaging feature to send private messages to students. Add the block to to front page course and students will be able to access all their messages on that page.
The messaging feature could use some work (admin way to set defaults, for instance), and better integration with courses, but it works pretty well.
There is also the 'Internal Mail" module developed by Ludo Alier, an optional module that can be installed to provide a complete internal mail system.
Our Quickmail block is a good way to send private emails, but it does require the students have an external email address.
Thank you very, very much for your quick answers. They helped a lot. Concerning the "instant messaging" feature, I think I have to wait till the network admnistrators from my university upgrade Moodle from version 1.4.4 to 1.5.
I have only one further question:
Those "custom blocks" ("quick mail" or "internal mail", for example) have to be installed by the server admnistrator too, don't they? Or can I install them by myself? (I downloaded "quickmail" and it seemed like something to be installed on the server).
Thank you very much.
Yes, you will have to upload these blocks to your server in order to install them. But it is usually a painless procedure and maybe your server admin will be happy to do it for you!
I haven't used Internal Mail, so I can't speak to that. We do use Quickmail. Compose Mail is another option. It was created some time ago, but it works well. We use it also. Search for Compose Mail; it was attached to a message in a forum, if I remember correctly.
NZVLE has developed code for a Bulk/Select Email feature for 1.6 but I'm informed that MD preferred this merged as an IM feature, not email. I will follow this up as much of the rationale behind the Bulk/Select Student Email feature is to communicate to students who have not been participating enough - IM won't help us there.
See my post in the messaging forum. Messaging is supposed to email if the user is offline, but the defaults are not set properly (actually, they are not set up at all, though they appear to be). There is a bug discussion here: http://moodle.org/mod/forum/discuss.php?d=38573
If the defaults for messaging could be set, then it would be more useful as a communication feature.
Though I forsee problems with the small box for typing messages in and the lack of attachments.
A question though, why is NZVLE developing their own system when our Quickmail block already allows mass emailing, with attachments?
We use it in some courses with >10,000 students and it seems to scale well (as well as the mail server it sends to, anyway. The latest version works with groups, gives notification of problem email addresses, and keeps a history of sent mail.
Some things faculty have asked that we add to quickmail is scheduling (so bulk emails can go out at night or be scheduled for a particular time). Others have modified it so that students can use it, a nice addition might be to add config settings so that a teacher could allow students to use it on a per-course basis.
In answer to your question, I suspect it was mainly timing. Our code here is actually quite old - back early in 2005 so we haven't been doing anything recently. This thread just reminded me about it - it wasn't a major development.
I'm not entirely convinced about combining the IM tool with Email but that's another story
What if you want to send different messages to different student, but many of them together ? Quickmail only allows sending of one email to many students together. Like the "comment" option in assignments, one should be able to send different messages by email and keep a history of them.
However, the Quickmail block is definately good for what it is meant to do.