Feedback Activities

A feedback activity allows you to create and conduct surveys to collect feedback. Unlike the survey tool, it allows you to write your own questions. Unlike the quiz tool, you can create non-graded questions. The feedback activity is ideal for the likes of peer feedback on presentations or students’ evaluation of in-class activities. The following guide will show you how to create and build a feedback activity. For more detail beyond this guide, visit Moodle’s own documentation.

How do I add a feedback activity?

  1. Navigate to your Moodle site and turn editing on.
  2. Scroll down to the topic or week you would like to add a feedback activity to.
  3. Select Add an Activity or Resource.Screenshot of Moodle course with arrow pointing to "Add an activity" link
  4. In the windows that pops up, select Feedback for an activity and then Add.
  5. On the Add a new Feedback page, provide a name and description.
  6. In the Availability settings, choose a start and end date for allowing answers if desired. If left on default settings, there will be no time restrictions on submitting answers.
  7. In Question and submission settings, edit settings as desired.
    1. Choose whether to Record user names.
    2. Choose whether to Allow multiple submissions. If enabled for anonymous surveys, users can submit feedback an unlimited number of times.
    3. Choose whether to Enable notification of submissions. If enabled, teachers will receive notification of feedback submissions.
    4. Choose whether to enable or disable automated numbers for each question with Auto number questions.
  8. In After submission settings, choose whether to Show analysis page. Enter a Completion message and/or Link to next activity if desired.
  9. Change Common module settings and Restrict access settings if necessary. Generally these can be left as is.
  10. Select Save and display.

How do I build a feedback activity?

  1. Add a feedback activity to your course, as described above.
  2. Begin adding content by selecting the Edit questions tab.Screenshot of online feedback editor with arrow pointing to "Edit questions" tab
  3. Using the drop down menu, select content to add.Screenshot of online feedback editor with arrow pointing to content drop down menu in center Choose one of the following:
    • Page break
    • Captcha: A test to make sure a real person is filling in the form and not an automatic spamming program of some sort. Asks a person to write out some distorted text which is displayed on screen. You normally won’t need this unless you find you are getting spammed a lot.
    • Information: Displays one of three types of information: the time of responding; the course and/ or the category where the feedback is located.
    • Label: Like a standard Moodle label, adds arbitrary text between questions allowing for extra explanation or to divide the feedback into sections.
    • Longer text answer: Creates a text box for entering long answers.
    • Multiple choice: Gives a series of options with a checkbox next to each one. Within this type, there are three options: the respondent can check as many as they want (multiple answers), just one (single answer), or just one in a drop down menu (dropdownlist). These options can be selected later.
    • Multiple choice (rated): Similar to the other multiple choice options, except that each option has a numerical value associated with it. Can display options with radio buttons or a drop down menu.
    • Numeric answer: Here, you ask a question which must have a number as an answer and specify the acceptable range e.g. “How many arms would you like, if more than 2 were possible? (please specify 0-10)” with a range of 0-10 set in the options. It helps if you specify the acceptable range in the question text.
    • Short text answer: Creates an input box. Length specified by number of characters.
  4. Complete the settings required for the content type. Most questions have a Required option and Position. Position controls the order of questions. (You can also rearrange questions on the main screen.)
  5. Once you have added all content, review the Preview.
    1. To change the order of content, use the drag and drop icon.Sceenshot of online feedback preview with arrow pointing to a compass "Move" icon on left
    2. To edit content, select the settings icon.Sceenshot of online feedback preview with arrow pointing to a gear "Edit" icon
    3. To change whether a question is required, select or deselect the required icon.Sceenshot of online feedback preview with arrow pointing to a star "Required" icon on right
    4. To delete content, select the delete icon.Sceenshot of online feedback preview with arrow pointing to "Delete" icon on right
  6. Once finished, return to the Overview.Screenshot of online feedback settings with arrow pointing to "Overview" tab in upper left
  7. Test out your activity by selecting Switch role to… and then Student.Screenshot of online feedback editor with arrow pointing to "Students" link under "Switch role to..." on left
  8. Test the behavior of your activity. When finished, select Return to my normal role.Screenshot of online feedback editor with arrow pointing to "Return to my normal role" link on left

How do I add “branched” questions?

It is possible to direct the user to specific questions depending on a previous answer. For example, if they say “Yes'”to the question “Do you have a car?” they will be directed to a different question from if they answer “No.” To set dependent questions:

  1. Set up your initial question and give it a label.
  2. Add a page break.
  3. Add the question to go to if (for example) the user replies “Yes.”
    1. In Dependence item, select the label of your first question.
    2. In Dependence value, type the answer that leads here (such as “Yes” in our example.)
  4. Add the question to go to if (for example) the user replies “No.”
    1. In Dependence item, select the label of your first question.
    2. In Dependence value, type the answer that leads here (such as “No” in our example.)

How do I view feedback results?

Select the Analysis tab to view all results compiled together. Note that responses will be displayed in bar graphs, and numerical responses will be averaged. Text answers will be listed together as well.

Screenshot of online feedback results with arrow pointing to "Analysis" tab at topYou may also select the Show responses tab to view individual feedback forms. This tab also allows you to delete certain entries.

Screenshot of online feedback results with arrow pointing to "Show responses" tab

Now that you know how to add, create, and use feedback activities, take a look at Moodle workshops. Unlike feedback activities, workshops allow students to give commentary directly to peers.