Feedback: listen to your learners It is essential as educators that we listen
to our learners to gauge their opinions and improve our teaching. There are several Moodle
activities for surveying students. Here we look at Feedback, which allows you to create
your own questions of different types. In this Feedback activity the student is asked
to give her opinion on the course. She has multiple choice questions, a short text questions
and a longer text question. This student didn’t use the Moodle app but when our second student
completes the feedback and responds ‘yes’ to the Moodle app question, note that he is then
presented with some extra, response-specific questions.
With the Feedback activity you can make questions display dependent on previous responses. Setting
up Feedback: The teacher in our Vegetarian Cooking course
adds a feedback activity by turning on the editing, selecting Feedback from the activity
chooser and then giving it a name and a description which may be displayed on the course page
by ticking the box. Other settings can be expanded by clicking the links. Availability
allows you to set a period of time when the Feedback will or will not be available.
In Question and submission settings you can choose whether the submissions are anonymous
or user names are recorded. Note this is not totally secure as the logs will still reveal
identities. You can allow users to submit more than once. You might want this for anonymous feedback, to be notified when feedback is completed
and to have questions auto-numbered or not. After submission, once students have completed
the Feedback, you can provide a link to the analysis; you can add a message of thanks
or information and you can give a link to another part of the course if you feel it
is necessary. In activity completion you can set completion
only when a student completes and submits the Feedback.
When we save and display we can add our questions by clicking the edit questions link and choosing
from the dropdown. Here is a multiple choice question We tick the box if we want to force
students to answer this question and we can allow one or multiple answers and we add the
answers. Setting Not selected to Yes means this doesn’t appear as an option. Answers
appear on separate lines. Here’s a short text answer question. It’s
worth experimenting with textfield width and maximum characters accepted.
Now we can continue our feedback by adding more questions. But let’s try making some
responses dependent on previous responss. As we make this new multiple choice question
about the Moodle app, we give it a label. This is important for future reference.
We then have to add a page break and we need to add another page break at the end of the
dependent questions. So we are enclosing them on their own page.
For each conditional question we add we must Choose a Dependence item – that’s the
label we added before. So this question depends on the question with the label “Moodle app.”
Then we must choose the answer our new question will depend on. We select Yes, because we only
want the question to appear if students tell us that Yes they used the Moodle app.
You see these dependent questions appear in grey to the teacher. Once we’ve added any
dependent questions, it’s important to remember to add that second Page break, and then we
can continue with any further questions which apply to all students.
Finally, let’s look at those other tabs: We can edit the questions from the Edit tab;
we can save the questions as a template to use elsewhere or we can import a previously
made template. Once students have completed the feedback, a graphical analysis is available
also in chart form and downloadable to Excel, and individual responses can also be seen.
To summarise: Feedback allows you to listen to learners
and improve their course experience.