Using the Quickmail Block Moodle ISU


The Quickmail block is used to send messages directly to an ISU email account. This function cannot be turned off, so it is guaranteed to be sent to the selected email address(es).

This guide will help you to:

Add the Quickmail Block to Your Course Homepage

To use Quickmail in your courses, you first have to add it to your course page. This can be done in a few short steps.

  1. Turn editing on. For more information, see Moodle ISU Overview
  1. Scroll to the bottom of the blocks section on the left side of the screen
  2. Locate and Click on Add a Block
  3. From the dropdown menu, Select Quickmail

Note: New blocks are added at the bottom of your blocks on the right side of the screen.

Note: Blocks can be moved in your course page on the right side only. For assistance, see Blocks in Moodle ISU

Compose and Send an Email Using the Quickmail Block

Emails can be sent to individual students, students in a select group, or to the class as a whole. In the Additional emails box you can type in email addresses for other recipients that do not appear in the Potential recipients list.

  1. Locate the Quickmail block.
  2. Click Compose new email.

  1. Select the desired recipients from the list. You can select the recipients based upon different criteria.
  1. Click Add All without highlighting any users to add all the participants in the course.

Note: You can add recipients based upon the groups they are in by selecting a group from the groups list and Clicking Add. This will send the same message to every member of the selected group.

  1. Add your subject, message, and attachments as needed.
  2. You and also add attachements to your message using the attachments Add a File box.

Note: If you would like to receive a copy, Select Yes next to Receive a copy.

  1. Click Send Email.

View Past Emails Using the History Feature

Quickmail will save your previously sent messages along with the date and time they were sent. You are also able to delete old messages by clearing your history.

  1. Locate the Quickmail block.
  2. Select View History.

  1. In the Action column, Click the magnifying glass for the email you would like to view. 
  1. Click the X if you would like to delete the email.

Edit the Default Settings of the Quickmail Block

In the configuration instructors can edit the settings for Quickmail. This includes a filter option, allowing students to use Quickmail, and receiving copies for every message you send.

  1. Locate the Quickmail block.
  2. Select Configuration.

  1. Modify the default settings you would like to change.
  1. By selecting Yes from the Allow students to use Quickmail dropdown menu, you allow them this function.
  2. You can also filter quickmail by the roles of the senders.
  3. By selecting Yes from the Receive a copy dropdown menu, you will change the default of future Quickmail messages to receive a copy of all correspondences.
  1. Click Save changes.

For more information, see Quickmail

For additional information, contact the ITRC - (208) 282-5880 or email

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