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Add a feedback activity

The feedback activity module enables a teacher to create a custom survey for collecting feedback from participants using a variety of question types including multiple choice, yes/no or text input.

Feedback responses may be anonymous if desired, and results may be shown to all participants or restricted to teachers only.

Feedback activities may be used

  • For simple feedback/data collection.
  • To enable participants to sign up for course modules, events etc.
  • To allow students to report incidents, for example anonymously

IMPORTANT: For collecting and reporting more advanced feedback, like Module evaluation, where likert scales are to be used for example, the Questionnaire tool should be prefered for a number of reasons including a wider range of question types and enhanced reporting output.

1. To add a feedback activity, with editing turned on, click on the 'Add an activity or resource' link in the section or topic where you want it to exist.

Add a feedback activity

2. Choose 'Feedback' from the list of activities and resources.

Feedback link

3. Type a Name for your Feedback activity in the box.

4. The 'Description' box, if you wish, could be used to display instructions, inform the student that the feedback is annoymous (if it is, for example), say how their data will be used and the time it will take etc. This will be the first thing that a student will see when they click the link to carry out the feedback activity.

Name and description

4. Under 'Availability', if you wish to make the Feedback activity available between certain dates/times, click on the enable box to the right of 'from' and/or 'to' and set the date and time as required.

Availability

5. There are a number of options under 'Questions and submission settings' which can be changed to meet requirements.

Submission settings

Record user names: Choose whether to show the names of users who complete the feedback or not.

Allow multiple submissions: Choose whether or not to allow users to complete the feeback more than once.

Enable notification of submissions: If set to 'Yes' then those with a course leader, manager or teacher role will receive notifications when users submit feedback.

Auto number questions: If set to 'Yes' then the questions will be automatically numbered.

6. Under 'After submission', you can choose whether you want to show the results (analysis) overview page to students, or not. You may also choose whether you want present a 'Completion message' when users submit Feedback.

After submission

7. Scroll to the bottom of the page, and click 'Save and display'.

Save and display

8. On the next screen, click on the 'Edit questions' link.

Edit questions link

9. Click on the 'Add question' drop-down list and choose a relevant question type for the type of data that you wish to gather.

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Available question types

* The following taken directly from Moodle Docs (here).

Captcha
A test to make sure a real person is filling in the form and not an automatic spamming program of some sort. You won't need to use this as Warwick's Moodle is a secure platform.

Information
This allows you to choose to display 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, this allows you to add abritrary text between questions allowing for extra explanation or to divide the Feedback into sections.

Longer Text Answer
This option is for creating a text box (you specify how big it will appear in rows and columns) which people can write a long answer into.

Multiple choice
Selecting this then offers you three alternatives:

(1) Multiple choice single answer. This will give you a series of radio buttons, which starts on 'Not selected' and then has your options afterwards. Only one can be chosen and 'Not selected' is a valid answer if the question is not set to 'required'.

(2) Multiple choice, multiple answers

(3) Multiple choice - single answer allowed (dropdown list) This type will give you a dropdown list from which only one answer can be selected.

Dropdownlist (rated)
This is similar to the dropdownlist option, except that each option has a numerical value associated with it. This means that if asking a question like:

How much do you enjoy being in class?

I love it
I like it
It's OK
I don't like it
I hate it
it's not possible to (easily) get out an "average" score - particularly if you're asking the same question before and after an event or course. If the Dropdownlist (rated) option is used, then numerical values are associated with each option, allowing an average or other measurements of any responses. The above question might look like:

How much do you enjoy being in class?

[5] I love it
[4] I like it
[3] It's OK
[2] I don't like it
[1] I hate it
which might allow for an average (e.g. "4.5 this term, up from 3.9 last term") to be calculated.

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.

Multiple Choice (Rated)
This is similar to the other multiple choice options, except that each option has a numerical value associated with it. You have the choice of using radio buttons or a drop-down list to display the answers.

For example:

How much do you enjoy being in class?
I love it
I like it
It's OK
I don't like it
I hate it
It's not possible to (easily) get out an "average" score - particularly if you're asking the same question before and after an event or course. If the Drop-down List (rated) option is used, then numerical values are associated with each option, allowing an average or other measurements of any responses.

The above question might look like:

How much do you enjoy being in class?
[5] I love it
[4] I like it
[3] Its OK
[2] I don't like it
[1] I hate it
Which might allow for an average (e.g. "4.5 this term, up from 3.9 last term") to be calculated.

Short Text Answer
This option lets you specify a single line answer, with an input box which is a set number of characters long (you choose). You also specify the maximum number of characters you will accept, so that the answer is not too long and/or does not run over the length of the box on screen.

Standard options

The following apply to all or most question types.

Position
This number controls the order of the questions. Position 1 is the question nearest the top of the page, so when you create or edit a question, you can choose from the dropdown of available positions (which will vary depending on how many other questions there are). You can also rearrange questions by clicking the position up and down arrows on the main add questions screen.

Position

Required
These questions are required to be answered and will prompt the user if they are left unaswered. These questions are highlighted with a red star for users, and have a yellow exclamation point beside them when editing Feedback questions.

Required button

If you get stuck on setting up any of the question types, please email moodle at warwick dot ac dot uk

10. Once you have created all of your questions, and users have given respsonses, if you click on the 'Analysis' tab, you will the be presented with an overview report of reponses.

This includes, graphical representation of the total number of responses and the option to export the raw data to Excel in order to carry out more thorough reporting if required.

Analysis report

11. The 'Show responses' tab will show each of the responses on a single overview page.

Responses

For more guidance on the Feedback activity, see:

The information on this page relates to Moodle v3.4 and was last updated August 2018.

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