How to add webmail like messaging facility in your Moodle site #moodletips

Have you ever thought of providing an inbuilt webmail like messaging system in your Moodle environment? Or let’s say – Have you ever thought of students who have to play around with many applications for different tasks and you can cut one of them to ease them? Or Do you want to allow your students to send email messages within course participants without switching to any other program?

Today we are going to have a look on the “Mail” plugin for Moodle, which creates a webmail like messaging facility in your Moodle courses. Moodle provides a nice looking messaging system by default but what if you would like to add the facility to add attachments to the messages. And you would like to label the messages or star them for important conversations?

The “Mail” plugin developed by Marc Català & Albert Gasset provides all these features with a nice and clean interface. And the best thing is that it works smoothly with Moodle 3.2 Boost theme. So, let’s take a brief look about the Mail plugin.

Features:

  • Easy to use webmail like messaging
  • Starring, Labelling and advanced filtering of messages.
  • Course based messaging
  • Facility to add attachments to messages
How to add webmail like messaging facility in your Moodle site #moodletips
Composing new messaging with the Mail plugin

Installation:

The plugin is a local type plugin type so it has to be installed in your-moodle-site/local/mail directory followed by completing the installation process through the Notifications page in site administration. Read the Plugin installation guide for complete steps about installing a new plugin in Moodle.

Intended Usage:

How to add webmail like messaging facility in your Moodle site #moodletips
Student View – Mail Notification

The plugin is intended to cut the need of a separate email system for course participants and provides the email functionality within Moodle itself.

Documentation:

The plugin is very straight forward and easy to use, so the unavailability of documentation doesn’t affect the intended purpose of it.

Does it serves its purpose:

Perfectly, the plugin serves the intended purpose without any hiccups or hassles. It provides a simpler and easy to navigate interface. Any person conversant with modern-day email clients will find it extremely easy to use.

Download:

You can download the latest version of the Mail plugin from the Moodle plugins directory here – https://moodle.org/plugins/local_mail

Moodle Versions supported:

The Mail plugin is well maintained from the Moodle 2.X generations and now provides compatible version for Moodle 2.3 onwards.

Student View – Unread Messages

Alternative Plugins:

There are two more plugins which are also doing the same thing but as of writing this post, both of them are not having a Moodle 3.2 compatible version. You can download below and test them to evaluate the best for your purpose.

Final Verdict:

If you are looking for a simple to use messaging client for Moodle, then you can opt for this plugin. Believe me, you will not be disappointed with this plugin.

Have you ever used this plugin for your Moodle site? Do share your experience with us in the comments section below.

Jaswinder Singh

Jaswinder Singh, passionate about using Moodle in improving the Indian Education System and reaching the students in far flung areas where still education seems to be a impossible prospect of life. He is the author of the popular Moodle Book “How to use Moodle 2.7”. In October 2016, Jaswinder was elected as the Moodle User’s Association Committee member – the first to make it from India.

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