Sending Messages and Contacting Students

Working with Messages in Moodle
Tool Name with Article Link Announcements,  Ask & Share Forum Bulk Moodle messaging (Participants page) Bulk Email through Self Service (MyClackamas Portal) Quickmail block (third party plugin)
General Guide Ideal course announcements that are not time sensitive. These can be seen by ALL students in a visible Moodle course. Ideal for sending the same message to contact many students at once and allow for one-on-one follow up messages inside Moodle. Ideal for sending the same message to contact ALL students at once.  Also allows for one-on-one follow up emails outside Moodle. Ideal for sending the same message to selected or all students at once. Also allows for one-on-one follow up messages outside Moodle
Will students receive an email? If course is available to students, those who are currently enrolled in the course will receive an email. Students may or may not receive an email depending on their message preferences.  Regardless of Course visibility, students who are currently enrolled will receive an email. Regardless of Course visibility, students who are currently enrolled in Moodle will receive an email.
How long does it take for this message to send? Depending on student settings they should receive an email for each post or in Digest form for all posts in all classes before the next evening. Instant message in Moodle if the student is online. May or may not receive an email depending on message preferences. Almost instant email. Almost instant email.
Can a student reply to you directly? Partially, Announcement forums do not allow for students to post, but the Ask & Share forum does allow students to post and to reply to the forum for you and all students to see.  Yes, students can respond within Moodle Messaging interface.  Yes, students can reply back to just you via email reply. Yes, students can reply back to just you via email reply.
Can late enrollments view this message? Partially, while they won’t get the email the message is still posted in the course on Moodle. No. No. No, but the message is kept on record so you can easily resend it to new arrivals.
Is this message stored in the course archives Within a Moodle course and saved as part of course archives. Within the Moodle site – not connected to specific course. Exists in your sent folder in Outlook.  Within a Moodle course in the Quickmail block, but if the block is deleted you may not have access to your past messages. 
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