Internal Messaging in Axis LMS
Email is a great way for reaching out to entities outside your LMS, but once your users are logged into the system, you want to keep them there - not send them back to their email client. The most effective way to communicate with users already in the system is by sending internal Messages. Messages are exclusively accessible to just you and your Active users; and unlike traditional email services, there is no risk of Messages being flagged, or marked as undeliverable in any way.
Emails versus Messages
Many of the LMS’s functions which are capable of sending emails, are also able to send messages to your users; so it falls to the admin to decide when it is best to contact a user through an email, and when it is best to send them an internal message. A good rule of thumb is that emails should be used to get users in the system, and messages should be used to give those users additional details.
|Welcome to Course||Message||User is already in system|
|Course Completion||Message||User is already in system|
|System Expiration||User is not logged into system|
User-to-Admin - This option prevents users from sending messages to each other, but preserves User/Admin messaging capabilities.
No Messaging - This option prevents users from sending any messages; the Admin and the system are still able to send users messages.
To give your users access to messages, you will want to verify that it is included in either your menu or displayed on your portal as a widget.
To check the menu, go to the System tab then choose Site Design. Open the Learning Portal Website then Edit Learning Portal Settings. Scroll down to the Menu Builder section, and expand it. This area is built of Top Level Menus, and Menu Items. Menu Items are unique to each Top Level Menu.
Click on each of the Top Level Menus, then scroll through their Menu Items - keep an eye out for My Messages. If you don't see it, you can add it by clicking on the green + below the Menu Items, and filling out the short form you are prompted with. If you want to remove the Messages, highlight it in the Menu Items list, then click on the red X.