Messages  Moodle ISU


The Messages block offers a simple interface to send an instant message or email to individuals or to the whole class. Messages provide a way for you and your students to send emails through the course without having to manage multiple email accounts.

This guide will help you:

For help adding the Messages block to your course, see Blocks in Moodle ISU.

Note:  You can access your profile from within a course by clicking on your name in the upper right-hand corner..

Modify Message Setting Preferences

Faculty setting preferences do not apply to your students because setting preferences are user specific. Students can modify their message setting preferences using this same procedure.

  1. Login to Moodle ISU.
  2. Click on your name.
  3. Select Preferences.


  1. Under User Account, Select Messaging.


Message Settings

You will see a list of options that you can set depending on your preferences.  A checkmark will appear to let you know that the boxes are selected.  

  1. In the Pop-up notifications area, Check the boxes that best meet your preferences.

Note: If you check the pop-up notification option, you will receive pop-ups when you receive a message. If you check the email option, it will send the email directly to your account.  You can have both options selected if you wish.

2.   Check the box to prevent people who are not students in the class from messaging you.


3.    Click Save changes located at the bottom of the screen to save your preferences.

Manage Contacts

You can send messages to your entire class by using the Newsgroup option in Messages, the Send message option in the Participants section, or the Quickmail block. People who send you a message will automatically show up in your contacts.

To add/block/delete contacts:

  1. Click Messages located in either the Message block (if you have added one) or in the dropdown menu under your name.

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  1. Type in the name of the individual you wish to contact.
  1. Click Search people and messages to start your search.

  1. A Users found list will appear with names of people who met your search criteria.


  1. Click the plus icon next to the individual’s name to add them as a contact.
  2. Click the circle-backlash icon to block that individual from contacting you.
  3. Click the conversation bubbles to view your message history.
  1. The individual has now been added/blocked from your contact list.

Using the Advanced Searching Option

  1. Click Messages located in either the Message block or in the dropdown menu under your name.
  1. Click Advanced located next to Search people and messages.

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To search for a person:

  1. Type the person’s name in the Name text box.
  2. Click Search for a person.

Note: You can limit your search to people in your courses by checking the Only in my courses box.


  1. A Users found list of names will appear at the bottom of the screen.
  1. Click the plus icon next to the individual’s name to add them as a contact.
  2. Click the circle-backslash iconto block the individual from contacting you.
  3. Click the conversation bubblesto view your message history with that individual.
  1. After you have selected your option, the screen will change to allow you to:
  1. Send a message, if you have selected the plus mark.
  1. Take you back to the beginning screen for an advanced search, if you selected to block or delete an individual.
  2. Take you to any conversations that you may have had with the individual, if you selected the conversation bubbles.

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To search for a message

  1. Located below the Search for a person textbox is the Search messages area.
  2. Type in the word or subject you wish to find in Keywords text box.


  1. Select the options that you wish to use, located under the Keywords textbox.  By checking the box in front of Only in my courses, only individuals enrolled in your courses will appear.
  2. Click Search messages to begin searching.
  3. Messages found will appear at the bottom of the page.
  4. To view the message, Click Context below the message.


Send Messages

You can send messages either to an individual person or to a selected group of people within your course.

To send a message to a specific person:

  1. Click Messages located in either the Message block or in the dropdown menu under your name.
  2. In your Contact list, Click the name of the individual who you would like to contact.

Note: If the desired individual is not in your contact list, you can search for them by using the Search function, described above.

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  1. Type in your message
  2. Click Send message.

To send a message to selected course participants:

  1. In the People block, Click Participants.

Note: If you do not see the People block in your course you can add it.  For help adding the People block to your course, see Blocks in Moodle ISU.

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  1. In the course you wish to message, in the Navigation block, Click Participants.


  1. Check the box located to the left of the student’s name to select individuals or Click Select all located at the bottom of the list.

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  1. From the With selected users dropdown menu, Select Send a message.

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  1. Type the message that you wish to send.
  2. Click Preview to view your message before sending it to students.

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  1. If the message is correct, Click Send message.
  2. If you want to make changes to your message,
  1. Click Update.
  2. Correct your message.
  3. Click Preview.
  4. Click Send message.

For more information, see Messaging.

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

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