Many new features in the latest version of Moodle, Moodle 3.6, focus on privacy, usability, and communication enhancements. Moodle’s updates to the group messaging feature are no different. Moodle’s 3.6’s group messaging offers newer and more manageable ways to communicate with colleagues, peers, or other learners.
Upgrades to the Messaging Interface
First, you’ll notice that the messaging interface itself shows some changes. The messaging icon is still located in the top menu bar. However, once clicked it displays along the right-hand side of the page rather than downwards on the page.
Further, Moodle continues to focus on improvements for protecting privacy. In Moodle 3.6, users now get greater control over who messages them by adjusting their settings. To adjust your settings, simply click into the gear icon at the top right of the messaging interface. From there, you’ll be given the opportunity to modify your privacy and notification preferences.
Group Messaging in Moodle 3.6
After creating groups within your course and enabling group messaging, these groups appear in the group messaging section of the messaging drawer. Users within that group can then communicate as a team using the messaging feature.
Also true to Moodle form, you’ll find that there is a new course level user tour. If enabled by your administrator, the course level tour pops up as soon as you enter a course and walks you through this new feature. This supports end users as they acclimate to the new feature.
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