Creating and Configuring Feedback Activity

The Feedback activity allows you to create evaluations, surveys, or questionnaires within your eClass course. Unlike the Survey activity, which is pre-populated with questions, the Feedback activity allows you to create your own questions. It is suitable for informal evaluations within the course and/or non-graded feedback. The results of the Feedback can be viewed in detail or as a graph with an overall summary. 

Adding a Feedback Activity to Your Course

Follow the steps below to add a Feedback survey to one or more of the sections of the course.

  1. Click Turn editing on at the top right of the course home page.

The Survey activity module provides a number of verified survey instruments that have been found useful in assessing and stimulating learning in online environments. A teacher can use these to gather data from their students that will help them learn about their class and reflect on their own teaching. Note that these survey tools are pre-populated with questions.

  1. Click Add an activity or resource in the section where you would like the feedback survey to be listed.
  2. Select Feedback in the pop-up under Activities, and then click Add. The Assignment settings page appears.

Configuring a Feedback Activity

Click Expand all to expand each of the sections and reveal the options.


  1. Enter the assignment title in the Name field. This name will appear as a link to access the Feedback Activity on the course main page.
  2. Enter a brief description about the in the Description text box.

The box can be expanded by clicking and dragging the bottom right corner outwards. To make more editing options available, click the  button to expand the toolbar.

  1. Place a check-mark next to Display description on course page check-box to make it visible on the course home page. The description will display directly below the activity link and on the Feedback activity's page.


Availability limits when users can submit Feedback. If dates are not required, leave the Enable checkboxes next to the date drop-down lists empty. When left disabled, students will be able to submit feedback once the Feedback activity has been created and remains available. To specify availability dates for the Feedback activity:

  1. Place a check mark in the Enable check box(es) next to Allow answers from/to drop-downs as required to enable availability.
  2. Select the date(s) and time(s) to make the Feedback available from the Allow answers from/to drop-down lists. as required.

Questions and Submissions Settings

  1. Choose the relevant activity options from the Feedback options section.
    • Record user names: Select anonymous if you would like the users' names to be hidden, or select Users's name will be logged and shown with answers to have names displayed with results.
    • Enable notification of submissions: Select Yes option if you would like to receive an e-mail notification each time a participant completes the evaluation.
    • Allow multiple submissions: If you selected Anonymous in record user names above, then selecting Yes here allows users to take the Feedback survey multiple times, and each submission will be included in the results. If you selected User's name will be logged and shown with answers above, selecting Yes here allows users to resubmit the Feedback, and only the most recent submission is included in the results. Selecting No will limit all users to one submission.

After Submission

  1. Select Yes from the Show analysis page to allow participants to see the results analysis with data only. Students can access the "Submitted Answers" through a link on the Feedback Activity page.
  2. Type a message in the text editor to present to participants after completion of the activity. If you want participants to be directed to another Web page after completion, enter the URL in the Link to next activity field.

Common Module Settings

Establishing groups in a course is a separate process from that of creating activities groups will work with. Once groups have been configured in a course, they then need to be set for use on particular course activities, such as Assignments.

  1. Select the appropriate group setting from the the Common module settings if groups have been configured in your course. Refer to the Creating Group Activities training page for setting up groups

Restrict Access

Restrict access options allow you to set restrictions on an activity or resource by date & time, or by conditions related to previous activities.

  1. Set conditions for activity completion as required. Refer to the Restricting access to resource and activity training page for setting up restriction criteria.

If you choose to Save and return to course, the Feedback activity will be created and a link to it will appear on the course main page. If you plan to add questions later rather than at he time of creation, you may want to hide the link to avoid user confusion.

Click Save and display to add the activity and begin adding questions. You will be redirected to the Feedback settings page.


Adding Questions to the Feedback activity

To add questions to your Feedback activity, follow the steps below:

  1. Click the Edit questions tab on the Settings page for the Feedback activity.
  2. Select the type of question you wish to add from the Add question to activity drop-down menu and click the Add question button.The first four options relate to the formatting of the question. 
    • Add a page break: This option will put the following question on a new page.
    • Captcha: This option inserts a question to make sure a real person is filling in the form and not an automatic spamming program of some sort. The student will be asked to type some distorted text displayed on in a box screen.
    • Information: This option provides information to the teacher only about the survey. You can choose to display one of three types of information: the time of responding, the course or the category where the feedback is located. The information will be generated automatically, and the students will not see any information related to this item.
    • Label: This option inserts a standard Moodle label, which allows you to add arbitrary text between questions allowing for extra explanation or to divide the Feedback into sections.

Once the content type has been selected, the question options window appears.

  1. Enter or select the appropriate question setting in the question settings’ page. The following illustration relates to multiple choice type questions but similar options are available for the other types.
    • Place a check-mark next to the Required checkbox if you want to make the answer mandatory.
    • Enter the question text in the Question field.
    • Enter a label for the question. This label is only for the instructor to make it easier to identify questions and use to select dependencies (below). Students do not see labels for questions.
    • In the Adjustment menu, select whether the answer values should be displayed vertically or horizontally.
    • In the Do not analyze empty submits field, select if you want optional questions that were not answered to be added to the results analysis.
    • In the Hide the ‘Not selected’ option field, select if you want ‘not selected’ to be a choice for the students.
    • In the Multiple choice values Use one line for each answer field, enter the answer choices. Start a new line for each answer choice.
    • For example, a question might ask “Which program are you enrolled in?” which would appear only if the parent question “Are you a student?” had a response of Yes. This question is dependent on the parent answer.Continuing with the previous example, if the response to “Are you a student?” is Yes, then this question would display.  The Dependency Value of this question would be Yes.In the Dependence item, select the label of the question upon which the current question is dependent upon. Dependencies are optional and can only be based upon questions that are asked before the question that is currently being added, and they must be separated by a page break.
    • Type the answer a student should give in the dependent item(above) in the Dependency Valuebox in order to include the current question in the activity. The two values must match exactly for the question to be displayed to students.
      • Position 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 drop-down 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. 
  2. Click Save question to add the question to the activity. The Edit Questions page displays with a preview of existing questions and provides the option of adding more. Using the Edit button to the right of each question, you can edit, move and delete each on the drop-down menu.
  3. You can save sets of questions as Templates to make them available for other Feedback activities within the same course or other courses. Use the Templates tab on the Feedback settings page to save and use Templates.
  4. Repeat steps 1-3 to add additional questions to the Feedback activity.

Analyzing and Exporting Feedback Results

  1. Click the title of the Feedback activity from the course home page.
  2. If you have enabled the option of seeing each participant’s name in the evaluation, you can click the Show responses tab to view individual responses. Click the Analysis tab to view the aggregated percentages of each evaluation choice.
  3. To export the results to an Excel spreadsheet, click Export to Excel.

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