Bryan, one of my friends has a suggestion for the fix to this issue:

Your Moodle installation doesn't have to communicate with Google to send out email. There are two things that need to be done for a basic setup. 

The first is to make sure your server has an MTA (Message Transer Agent) setup. Sendmail or Postfix should work fine and in most cases Sendmail should be setup to work with Moodle/PHP by default. The second thing you need to do is set up a cronjob to automatically schedule mailings. This is the actual piece inside Moodle that does all the sending to students/teachers. More information can be found at the Moodle forum

It is possible to set up Gmail and Moodle but it will be more work. If it's not a requirement to send mail through Google Apps I would recommend going with the usual configuration. 

Hope this helps!

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On Sat, Nov 7, 2009 at 7:19 AM, Bryan Thompson <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

We are using google apps education edition for our domain, including e-mail. We also installed Moodle 1.9.5+ (Build: 20090624) on Ubuntu server version 2.6.24-23-server #1 over the summer. Our technology teacher now has all of the classes built and teachers are using the system, but the teacher cannot configure moodle to communicate with gmail to send out all of the broadcast e-mails. Does anyone have experience setting this up? The teacher did a lot of investigation on this, and none of the solutions seem to help. Any ideas would be appreciated.


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Winooski School District
Winooski, VT 05404

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