The messaging function in Moodle has brought up some issues, especially for some of the younger students that have accounts. From a server standpoint the messaging is either turned on or turned off. I did remove the message block from the Moodle home page last night. You can also check to see if the messaging block is enabled on any of your courses. This does not eliminate students from accessing messages sent to them or sending messages to anyone that has an account on the Moodle server, but it does remove the messaging options from the main pages students view. All messages are logged and read on a regular basis, and when inappropriate messages are found the school is notified. The ESU has not removed any accounts, but I do know that some schools have disciplined students for inappropriate use.
I used the messaging a great deal when teaching online classes last spring and during the summer. I would prefer not to disable the messaging function, but want to hear your thoughts.
Are you currently using the Moodle Messaging to communicate with students or other teachers?
Could you replace Moodle Messaging with some other communication tool that would work as well?
Would you like to have Moodle Messaging enabled or disabled?
Any other thoughts?