The messaging function allows communication within Moodle and enhances the use of the mobile app aligning with common functionality employed by a range of social media platforms.

Please Note: Some academic staff may not check Moodle messages on a regular basis. Check your unit site for preferred communication methods. If you are unsure, try an alternative such as email, phone or a Forum post rather than relying solely on the messaging function.

Message Alerts

Messages can be accessed from the envelope icon in the top menu bar in Moodle:

Messaging icon

A number will appear near the corner of the envelope to indicate how many unread messages you have. 

Clicking on the envelope will open the messages list giving you an overview of your messages. It also displays options to send a new message, mark messages as read or access message preferences.



Message preferences allows users to set the option to 'prevent non-contacts from messaging'. If this is checked only those people that are in your Moodle messaging contacts can send you a message.

Message preferences are set from the cog icon or directly here. You can prevent or elect to have email copies of messages sent to you by setting the Online and Offline options on or off. 

message preferences

Sending a message

There are a couple of ways to locate a contact.

Search for a person or a contact

To open the messages frame, click on a message in the drop down list (shown above). Within the messages frame, contacts can be added/ blocked by using the search feature to find a specific Moodle user. Click on the user you want to add as a contact, then click on their name in the right hand frame. 

Profile contact

Select Add contact. You can also Block contacts from this page, or send a message.

add contact

From a profile page

You can also send messages and add contacts from a users Profile page. Profile pages can be accessed from different places in Moodle including Participants lists or Forum posts.

Profile page

Compose and send

To send messages, simply type the message in the editing box at the bottom of the messages frame and click Send.

Messages pane

Deleting Messages

To delete an old message thread, click on Edit in the top right,

delete message

then either click on Delete all,

delete all

or select a message by clicking on it, and then click Delete selected messages.

delete selected

Last modified: Monday, 6 January 2020, 10:42 AM