As a teacher I miss several functions in the improved message system that would make it more useful and safe for me to use.
I would like the possibility to
- Delete or archive messages - It is makes me freak out not being able to delete every short message from student and trying to locate the ones that are important.
- To see if the student is online in messages, reading or writing a response.
- A more distinct view of who is the sender an reciever. Like message bubbles (like you have shown in earlier road map) and let the sender show on the left and the other on the right side of the message window. It is common among IM. That would make it easier for every participant to both follow a conversation and participate in a group chat.
- Make a group conversation more obvious - Like "You are now participating in a..." Students now makes the mistake and trying to send private messages through the group chat.
- Forward messages
These functions would save teachers a lot of time using the message system without transforming it to a mail system.