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Moodle Help

This guide is designed to assist Earlham faculty with Moodle questions.

Communicating with Your Class

Moodle provides several built-in methods for communicating with your class: News Forum, Messages, and Quickmail.

Send a Message using Announcements

All students are automatically subscribed to the Announcements (formerly News Forum) in your course, so it is an easy way to communicate with your whole class. Students will receive Announcements posts as an email, and will also be able to view them within Moodle.

  1. Click Announcements on your course homepage. 
  2. Click Add a new topic. Fill out the information on the page and select Post to forum. Note: There is a 30 minute delay before the post will be sent out.  Select Mail Now if you prefer that the post be shared immediately.

Note: Students are unable to post or reply to Announcements posts.  If you would like for them to be able to do so, create a separate Forum under Add an activity


Send a Message
As an alternative to a News Forum, you can send a Message to one student, many students, or all students from Moodle. The Message will go to the student's email address as well. Students can use Messages to contact other students. 

  1. In the Navigation section, select Participants for your course.
  2. Add a check mark next to the names of the students you want to message.
  3. In the drop-down menu under the participants, choose Send a message.
  4. Add your message to the Message body, and click Send message.


Some faculty prefer to use Quickmail. With Quickmail you can send messages to one or many students.

  1. Turn Editing On within your course.
  2. Under the Add a Block block, select Quickmail.
  3. Choose individuals or groups to receive your message.


Create Blogs/Wikis

Blog - Instead of using blogs in Moodle, use ePress (in The Heart). 

Wiki - Instead of using wikis in Moodle, use a third party wiki tool. 

Add a Glossary

You can choose to set up the glossary and have control over it; alternatively, you could ask students to contribute to the glossary. The glossary could be a class dictionary. 

  1. Under Administration, click to Turn Editing On.
  2. Click Add an activity from the drop-down menu.
  3. Select Glossary.
  4. From this page, add the Name of the glossary. In addition, you can choose various features, such as Entries, Appearance, Grade, etc. 
  5. After you have edited the glossary activity, click Save and display.

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