Applies to: Moodle 3.2
Instructors sometimes need a method to communicate privately in Moodle with their students. A discussion forum can be set up as a private journal.
Private journals are created by:
Follow the directions to Create Groups by Uploading a File.
For each student, create an appropriate “group name” in the file. You can just use the student’s name as the group name.
Create a grouping and add all your newly created groups to it.
See Create a Grouping to Manage Course Groups