This refers to Moodle 3.10 from August 2021 onward

Moodle gives you the ability to send an email message to all the students who are enrolled on your module. The email message will be sent to the email address in the student's profile which has been fixed to the student's University of Nottingham student email address. However: there are certain caveats because students are in charge of their own personal settings.

To contact all students in the module using Announcements or (same thing) the Latest Announcements block

The best way to send a message to all your students (all students in a module) is to create an Announcement - EITHER by clicking on the Announcements link forum at the top of the module or in the Latest Announcements block:

Latest announcements block

The 'Latest Announcements' block is available in every module (If it is not visible, click on the 'Turn editing on' button, find the 'Add A Block' option in the 'Hamburger menu' and select 'Latest Announcements' from the drop-down menu).

Adding the Latest announcements block

When something is posted in the 'Announcements' forum:

  • It puts a post in the Announcements forum which will remain for ever
  • It adds a notification in the 'Latest Announcements' block (this will show only the most recent posts)
  • It will go out by email to all participants (including staff) and they cannot unsubscribe 

To send an email to all participants through Announcements

Note: To send a message, it is necessary that theAnnouncements link forum is visible to students (not greyed out: click Edit Settings and check that Show is chosen)

  1. Go into your module
  2. Click on 'Announcements' (or go to the 'Latest Announcements' block)
  3. Click on the 'Add a new topic' button (or hyperlink if in the 'Latest Announcements' block)
  4. Type a "Subject" and type your "Message"
  5. Add an attachment if you wish
  6. Click on the 'Post to forum' button

Adding a new announcement

The message:

  • Appears as a post in the forum
  • Is featured in the 'Latest Announcements' block on the right
  • Is sent as an email to all students and other participants

You can choose to "Send forum post notifications with no editing-time delay" by clicking on 'Advanced' or - if left unticked, Moodle will give you 30 minutes in which you can edit the text (useful for bad typists!).

Send forum post notifications with no editing-time delay checkbox

The time of receipt still depends on the user's profile settings for one at a time or digest.

Information about the email

The email is sent FROM the Moodle system – and it will have the module code in the Subject. 

It is not sent from your personal email address (so you will not see a copy in your Sent items). You (or your students) can re-read the message at any time by visiting the News Forum.

However it does have your personal email in the REPLY TO field which means that students can respond by email directly to you. It is up to you whether you enter into a private correspondence or post the answers back in the module for all to see.

Note: You can manage the emails you get from Moodle

This is the best option if:

  • You want to be sure everyone gets the message
  • The message contains information that students will need to save or read again “Change of seminar room to C30, Physics Building”
  • You want the message to be easily found if people need to come back to it

Note: If the message needs action within 24 hours, students set to digest may not receive it in time. This method should not be used for urgent or emergency announcements (use mail through Campus, or an email list for those).

How the student receives the email depends on their settings. They may receive each individual announcement email separately, or, it if this is set in their profile (and it is default for students), all announcements and forum alerts are bundled up in one email Digest per day.  Remind students to check all emails with the subject heading “moodle.Nottingham Forum Digest”. These emails arrive at the end of the day (around 5 pm) so students may not receive an email until up to 24 hours after you post it.

Option 2: To send an email via the email system using your participant list in Moodle

  1. Drop down the  "Hamburger menu"
  2. Select Participants
  3. At the bottom of the list, click Select all XX users, where XX is the number of participants
  4. When the ticks all appear, drop down "With selected users" and choose Microsoft Excel (.xlxs)

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  5. You can then select the cells in the Email address column, copy and paste into the BCC field in an ordinary email.

    This is the best option if:

    • You want to send an email that will arrive quickly, and directly in students' email inboxes (even if they have their Moodle preferences set to Digest once a day)
    • The message does not need to be kept - NOTE: This won't be available to read within the module, so you may want to post it as an Announcement also

Option 3: Use the participants list to send a Private Message

The best way to send a message to students is to email them via the Announcement forum. However, you can also send a message to individual students or a group or small proportion of students on a module, (say up to 15 or so students).

You can use the 'Participants' list to send a Moodle message. You can find the 'Participants' list by opening the 'Hamburger menu' on your Moodle page and selecting 'Participants'. (see above)

In the Participants list, select the tickbox next to one or more students and at the bottom of the page choose from the dropdown menu “Send a message”.

This is more like a TEXT MESSAGE.

This process sends a message to each student. They receive it in the following ways:

  • It shows up as a notification of a message and the message itself goes into their 'Messages' folder in Moodle (and may go by email).

Notifications in messages

  • As an email. Whether they receive an email depends on their settings. It is possible for individuals to change their preferences on how to receive messages so these defaults of sending emails may have changed. Some individuals may opt not to see any messages at all so you can’t be sure your message got to them!

Messages by email allowed:
Allowing email notifications in message preferences

Messages by email NOT allowed:

Emails not allowed in message preferences

Note: There is NO subject or module context on the message – is it  sent from one person (e.g., a module convenor) to another (student) so you should include the name of the module in the message to give it a context.

This is the best option if:

  • You want to send a quick personal message
  • The message is informal, quickly read and does not need to be kept
  • You don’t need the message to be easily found, as people are unlikely to need to read it again

To send a message to certain participants:

  1. Navigate to the module (that the students are enrolled on) that you want to email. Under the 'Navigation' ('Hamburger menu') area select Participants.
  2. A new screen will load listing the first 20 students on this module. If you want to email all of the students on this module then you will need to bring up all of the students on the one screen.
  3. You can do this by clicking the hyperlink at the bottom saying 'Show all xxx' – in this case xxx = 40. 
  4. Once you have the new longer screen loaded you can then click on the 'Select all' button, and then choose 'Send a message' from the drop down list (see below).

Selecting users to send a message to

5. A new screen will load into which you can compose your email (shown below). You are able to see the email address that Moodle will send this message to.

Sending a message

Please note that the email will appear to come from your University of Nottingham email address. Therefore if a student replies to your email then it will go directly into your University email account.