Course Evaluation: Setting Up a Course Evaluation Moodle ISU


This document shows the process to set up and add questions to a course evaluation using the Feedback tool in Moodle ISU. A new course evaluation has to be requested each semester by the department course evaluation coordinator. To request a new course evaluation, submit the Course Evaluation Request Form.

This guide will help you to understand:

Related documentation:

Accessing the Course Evaluation

  1. Log in to Moodle ISU. 
  2. Locate the Main Menu block on the left side of the Moodle ISU homepage.

  1. Click on the name of the course evaluation.

Setting up the Course Evaluation

To view and/or change the settings:

  1. Follow the instructions for accessing the course evaluation listed above.
  2. Locate the Administration block and Click on the arrow left of  Feedback Administration.

  1. Click on Edit Settings.


  1. Type the name of the course evaluation in the Name text box.
  2. Type the instructions for the course evaluation into the Description text box.  See Introduction Samples for information on course evaluation introductions.

  1. If you would like the course evaluation description to appear on the main course page, check the Display description on course page checkbox.  Otherwise, the instructions will appear when students click on the course evaluation.


  1. To set an open date and time, at the end of the Open the Feedback at line, Click on the Enable box.

Note: If you do not enable the Open the Feedback at option, the students can access the course evaluation at any time.

Note: The time is military time, so 5:00 pm is 17:00.  Midnight is 0:00, or the first hour of the day.  We strongly suggest NOT using midnight.  Friday at midnight will be displayed Saturday at 0:00 and may cause confusion.

  1. To set a close date and time, at the end of the Close the Feedback at line, Click on the Enable box.

Note: ISU Maintenance on IT services may be any Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday beginning at 11:00 pm through 6:00 am the following day.  We strongly suggest NOT having any close times during these windows.

Feedback Options

  1. Click on the Record User Names dropdown menu and Choose Anonymous.

  1. In the Show analysis to student dropdown menu, Choose Yes or No:
  1. In the Send Email Notifications dropdown menu, you can select whether or not an email notification will be sent to the administrator each time a student completes the evaluation.  These emails come to the ITRC so we generally ask that you leave this setting at No.
  2. In the Multiple Submissions dropdown menu, Choose Yes or No to determine whether students will be allowed to complete the course evaluation more than one time.
  3. In the Automated Numbers dropdown menu, Choose Yes or No.

After Submitting

  1. In the Page After Submitting text box, Type the message that the students will see at the end of the evaluation.
  2. If you would like students to be directed to another web site at the end of the evaluation, Enter the web address into the URL for Continue Button line.

Once you have everything set:

Adding Questions to the Course Evaluation

Once your general settings have been entered, you will need to add the questions.  To do this:

  1. Follow the instructions for accessing the course evaluation listed above.
  2. Click the Edit Questions tab.

  1. From the Add Questions to Activity dropdown menu, Choose the type of question you would like to create.  The types of questions available are listed below:

  1. Type your question into the Question text box.
  2. Click the Adjustment dropdown menu to select whether the questions get displayed in a vertical or horizontal order.
  3. Click on the Multiple Choice Type dropdown menu to select the type of multiple choice question that you want to use.
  4. Type your answers into the Multiple Choice Values text box. Make sure that you use a separate line for each answer.
  5. Click the Save question button.

  1. Enter the rating number (e.g. 1) followed by a forward slash (/) into the Multiple Choice Values text box.
  2. Insert a space after the forward slash.
  3. Type your question out after the space. It should end up looking like this: “1/ Answer”
  4. Repeat this process for however many answers you want.
  5. Click the Save Question button.

Note: The Textfield width option scale does not correspond to the Longer text width option, it is smaller.  For example, a 40-width short text field will be narrower than a 40-width longer text field. It is recommended that you make the Textfield width the same value as the maximum of characters accepted.

Note: With certain types of questions, you can choose to Hide the “not selected” option. This will make it so that students cannot pick the “not selected” option as their answer. You can also choose whether or not you want to analyze empty submits with the Do not analyze empty submits option. If you choose Yes, the question will not be analyzed if left blank by the student.

Note: Every question type has a drop down menu called Position that lets you change the order the question comes in.

Creating Similar Questions

When creating multiple questions with similar format, you can save yourself some time by editing an existing question and saving it as a new question.

  1. From the Editing Questions tab, Locate the question you’d like to copy and Click the Gear symbol.

  1. Make all necessary changes to the question then Click the Save as new question at the bottom of the page.

Course Evaluation Templates

The template tab allows you to import and export questions within your course evaluation. To import and export questions please refer to the Course Evaluation handout: Exporting and Importing Questions.

Analysis Tab

The Analysis tab allows you to export Course Evaluation results as an Excel data file, Word document or PDF. To export your results please refer to the Course Evaluation handout: Exporting Results as Excel Data File for Excel files or Course Evaluation handout: Save Results as Word and PDF for Word and PDF files.


Show Responses Tab

The Show Responses Tab allows you to access individual feedback responses from students. To view the Show Responses tab please refer to the Course Evaluation Handout: Review Individual Responses-Moodle ISU.


Once you have completed the course evaluation you will be able to map your courses. Mapping courses is how you link your course evaluation to each class (section) of students taking it.  When a course is mapped to a course evaluation, it automatically displays a Feedback block within the course with a link to the course evaluation. To map your evaluation to multiple courses please refer to the Course Evaluation Handout: Mapping Courses.

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