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:
- Accessing the Course Evaluation
- Setting up the Course Evaluation
- Adding Questions to the Course Evaluation
- Creating Similar Questions
- Course Evaluation Templates
- Exporting and Importing Questions
- Review Individual Responses
- Mapping Courses
Accessing the Course Evaluation
- Log in to Moodle ISU.
- Locate the Main Menu block on the left side of the Moodle ISU homepage.
- Click on the name of the course evaluation.
Setting up the Course Evaluation
To view and/or change the settings:
- Follow the instructions for accessing the course evaluation listed above.
- Locate the Administration block and Click on the arrow left of Feedback Administration.
- Click on Edit Settings.
- Type the name of the course evaluation in the Name text box.
- Type the instructions for the course evaluation into the Description text box. See Introduction Samples for information on course evaluation introductions.
- 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.
- To set an open date and time, at the end of the Open the Feedback at line, Click on the Enable box.
- This option determines the beginning of the window when the students will be able to access the course evaluation.
- Click on the Open the Feedback at dropdown menus to select the desired date and time.
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.
- To set a close date and time, at the end of the Close the Feedback at line, Click on the Enable box.
- This option determines the end of the window when students can complete the course evaluation. If a student is filling out the evaluation and the close date/time hits, the evaluation will automatically close, even if the student has not completed it.
- Click on the Close the Feedback at dropdown menus to select the desired date and time.
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.
- Click on the Record User Names dropdown menu and Choose Anonymous.
- In the Show analysis to student dropdown menu, Choose Yes or No:
- Yes will share the course evaluation results with the students.
- No will not share the results with students.
- 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.
- 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.
- In the Automated Numbers dropdown menu, Choose Yes or No.
- Yes will number each one of the questions.
- In the Page After Submitting text box, Type the message that the students will see at the end of the evaluation.
- 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:
- Click the Save and Display button to add questions to the evaluation.
- Click the Save and Return to Course button to be taken back to the main course page.
- Click the Cancel button to NOT save the evaluation settings.
Adding Questions to the Course Evaluation
Once your general settings have been entered, you will need to add the questions. To do this:
- Follow the instructions for accessing the course evaluation listed above.
- Click the Edit Questions tab.
- 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:
- Add a page break: This is not a question and is used for the Depend Item feature that is discussed later on in this guide.
- Captcha: This asks a person to write out some distorted text which is displayed on the screen. It is a test to make sure a real person is filling in the form and not an automatic spamming program of some sort.
- Information: This is not a question the student answers; it is automatically generated information about when the evaluation was started, the course name, and the semester. You have the option of using three different information tools:
- Response time: Shows the date and time the evaluation was completed.
- Course: Gives the name of the course.
- Course category: Gives the semester and year of the course.
- Label: Similar to a standard Moodle label, this allows you to add text (such as special instructions) between questions allowing for extra explanation or to divide the course evaluation into sections.
- Longer text answer: This option is for creating a text box (you specify how big it will appear in rows and columns) in which people can write a long answer.
- Suggestions for answer box:
- Multiple choice: Here you can provide a list of responses for students to choose.
- Type your question into the Question text box.
- Click the Adjustment dropdown menu to select whether the questions get displayed in a vertical or horizontal order.
- Click on the Multiple Choice Type dropdown menu to select the type of multiple choice question that you want to use.
- Type your answers into the Multiple Choice Values text box. Make sure that you use a separate line for each answer.
- Click the Save question button.
- Multiple choice (rated): This is similar to the other multiple choice option, but rated will allow you to put numerical value to your students’ answers if you want to analyze them statistically. The value will be a sliding scale (Likert Scale). To construct the answers:
- Enter the rating number (e.g. 1) followed by a forward slash (/) into the Multiple Choice Values text box.
- Insert a space after the forward slash.
- Type your question out after the space. It should end up looking like this: “1/ Answer”
- Repeat this process for however many answers you want.
- Click the Save Question button.
- Short text answer: This option lets you specify a single line answer. You must 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.
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.
- From the Editing Questions tab, Locate the question you’d like to copy and Click the Gear symbol.
- 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.
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.
For more information, please see http://docs.moodle.org/25/en/Building_Feedback
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