Dec 302012

Keep a consistent method of communication.
Moodle has numerous features for user communication. It is up to you to establish which communication tools you will use with your students most often inside the course.
To avoid confusion, keep a consistent communication pattern. For example, do not to mix multiple channels of communication when your course begins as it is easier for newcomers to learn one tool at a time.
That means if you use the News Forum for general class announcements, stick with it instead of using standard Moodle messages.
In the end, it does not matter which tool you select, as long as you make it clear to the students how they can access the information and contact you.