Course messages are used to communicate with user who are enrolled in one of your classes, including students, teaching assistants, and other instructors. Course messages are found inside individual courses.

More on how students use messages

More on how instructors use messages

Course messages

The course messages tool gives each course a private and secure system for communication that functions similar to email. Keep in mind that users cannot send or receive messages to anyone outside of the course.

Typically, users access course messages from the course menu. Users can also access new messages from the Updates page which displays notifications and is access from the global navigation located at the top right of the screen.

Availability of the course messages tool

To learn how to make the course messages tool available in courses and organizations, see Manage Tools.

Course messages options

You can choose whether to allow users to include file attachments with messages and create personal folders. Disabling these functions may help save disk space and prevent users from using course messages to store content. By default, users may not add file attachments to messages, and users may not create personal folders.

On the Administrator Panel in the Tools and Utilities section, select Course Messages. Select the check boxes to allow users to attach files to messages and create personal folders for storing messages.

Migrate message storage

To help maintain course message archives, you can migrate messages in courses and organizations to the Learn database. Older course and organization message were stored via flat files on a shared storage volume. New courses and organizations always store messages in the database.

  1. To begin a course message migration, go to Administrator Panel > Tools and Utilities > Course Messages.
  2. Next to Create Migration Request, choose Select Courses/Organizations.
  3. Type the IDs for courses and organizations that contain messages you wish to migrate. Separate the IDs using a comma.
  4. Select Submit. The system begins processing the request automatically. During migration, the system skips a course or organization if it doesn’t exist, is disabled, or already uses database storage.

If you want to confirm that the message migration is successful, check the Learn system logs.