The Automated Email System for Moodle

The Automated Email System for Moodle
July 5, 2017 Rucha Gotarkar
In Case Study

“Rajiv, I’m going to need all the details about the AES plugin”

“Ask me and I shall answer”

This is a detailed account of what went behind creating a plausible solution for Mr. Ray Geller (Biology Professor at NYU), when he required a reliable structure for watchful administration on his Moodle website-

December, 2015

Two semesters after his LMS was first set up, students had gradually begun opting out of the online courses. Bewildered, he personally sent mails to his students asking why and where had they faced a problem while using the site.

Deriving a conclusion from the replies, he realized that his LMS was lacking a system for notifying a person as and when required. Due to this issue, a lot of students felt that the site was disorderly and mismanaged. Plagued by the feedback, he started searching for a permanent solution to this problem. In a matter of few days, he already had a plan.

He thought of integrating an e-mailing system into his Moodle site that would automatically send a mail to a member as soon as a prerequisite was met with.

Mr. Ray was only a step away from implementing this idea – an important step. He needed to develop a flawless software which would provide an internal framework and work hassle-free with his site.

Naturally, he contacted the creators of Edwiser RemUI being a loyal user of the Moodle theme. He was directed here, to WisdmLabs, where he presented his unique idea to solve his own problem.

We were more than glad to help him achieve his goal.

Work began quickly at WisdmLabs and within just a few weeks, we had built a plugin that covered the previous shortcomings.

automated email system

The plugin, called Automated Email Service (AES) sends a notifying email to the student as well as the teacher if an assignment has been submitted, checked, commented on, drafted or remains to be completed. It also sends a mail to inform a student that he/she has been inactive for more than 15 days and to let them know about upcoming special events from the Moodle Calendar.moodle calendar Some other features which were added on our account were-
  • Number of courses enrolled by a student
  • Numbers of students enrolled in each course respectively
  • Number of new submissions in each course yet to be marked, in orange color
  • Number of competent and incompetent students in different units
  • Icon on the dashboard shows number of students actively participating in the course for the past 15 days
email templates Our client soon saw an influx of students as a result of the new-found order on the educational site. We value him as one of our most prized customers till date and look forward to associating with more of such brilliant ideas.

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