Feedback Tool Moodle ISU


The Feedback activity can be used to create a custom survey. The survey can be set to anonymous or visible if desired.  The results of the survey can be viewed in detail or as a graph, giving an overall summary.

Note: For Course Evaluation specific information, please see Course Evaluations or contact the ITRC.

This guide will help you:

Add A Feedback Activity

  1. Turn Editing On. For more information on turning editing on, please see Moodle ISU Overview.
  2. In the week/topic you wish to add the resource to, Click on Add an activity or resource.

  1. Click on the radio button next to Feedback. Click the Add button. This will take you to the Adding a New Feedback Page.



  1. Type the name of the page in the Name field.   This will display to the students on the course homepage.
  2. In the Description field, Type a description of the page or any other information you would like the students to see.


  1. Check the Enable box for the Allow answers from section to activate the drop down menu.
  2. Click on the drop down menus to select the desired open date and time.
  3. Check the Enable box for the Allow answers to section to activate the drop down menu.
  4. Click the drop down menu to select the desired close date and time.

Note: You do not have to use both the open and close options. You can set up a closing date only or an opening date only.

Question and submission settings

After Submitting

Common Module Settings

This block sets how the activity interacts with groups and groupings. Please see Groups and Groupings for more information on this topic.

Restrict Access

This section sets the conditions under which students may interact with this activity. For more information on Conditional Release/Restricting Access, please see Conditional Release.

Once you have everything set:

  1. Click the Save and Display button to continue your feedback setup.
  2. Click the Save and Return to Course button to be taken back to the course home page.

Overview Tab

The overview section will allow you to view your description of the survey and the message or URL link that the students will be redirected to after submitting feedback.

Note: If there is no URL listed in the Page After Submit text box, then the students will be directed back to the course homepage.

The overview area will also allow you to select which groups you want to make visible for the feedback activity.  You will need to have set up groups in order to use this function. For more information on groups and groupings, please see Groups and Groupings.

Edit Questions Tab

The edit questions tab will allow you to add questions to your feedback.

  1. From the Content dropdown menu.
  2. 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.

  1. Type the question into the Question text box.
  2. Enter the acceptable range for the numeric answer by using the Range from and Range to text boxes.
  3. When the question is asked the acceptable range that you’ve created will appear along with the question. For example: “How old are you? (1-100)”.  In this example question, the acceptable range is 1 to 100.
  4. Click the Save button to save your question.

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.


Templates Tab

You can use templates for your feedback tool once you have created questions.

To reuse your questions in a new template:

  1. Click on your Feedback activity from the course homepage.
  2. Click on the Templates tab.
  3. Type in the desired name for the template that is being created.
  4. Click the Save As New Template button.

To use an older template:

  1. Select the template you want to use from the Use a template dropdown menu.
  2. Click the Use this template button.
  3. Clicking the button will take you to a new page that will ask if you want to delete the old items or append the new items.
  1. Select the Delete Old Items option if you want to delete any questions you already had in this Feedback activity.
  2. Select the Append New Items option if you would like to add the new questions to any existing questions in the Feedback.

To delete a template:

  1. Click on Delete Template.

To export questions to save elsewhere:

  1. Click on the Export Questions option.
  2. Save the file onto your computer.

To import questions:

  1. Click on the Import Questions option.

  1. Select whether you want to Delete old items or Append new items.
  2. Click on the Choose a File... button.
  3. Locate your saved questions.
  4. Click on the file.
  5. Click the Upload This File button.

Analysis Tab

  1. Click on the Export to Excel button if you want to export the analysis to use in Excel.

Note: If you want to export information for a certain group, select the group from the visible groups drop down menu. For more information about setting up groups, please see Groups and Groupings.

Show Responses Tab

To view individual responses:

  1. Click on your Feedback activity from the course homepage.
  2. Click on the Show Responses tab.
  3. Click on the Show Responses button.

Note: If you selected Anonymous for the Record user names option when creating the Feedback, you will still be able to look at individual responses; you just won’t be able to see who submitted them. If you did not select Anonymous for the Record user names option, then you will see a list of students who submitted feedback. To see their responses Click the date under the Date column of their submission.

Show Non-Respondents

To view a list of students who have not yet submitted Feedback:

  1. Click on your Feedback activity from the course homepage.
  2. Click on the Show Non-Respondents tab.

Hot Tip: On this page you can send a message to students who have not submitted Feedback. Once you have your message written, Click the Send button.

Depend Item

Depend Item is a feature that allows you to make the question the survey asks next dependent upon the answer to a past question. For example, Question 1 might ask if the student has a dog. The next question the student gets will depend upon whether the student answers “yes” or “no”. If the student answers “no”, their Question 2 could ask if they would like to have a dog. If they answered “yes”, their Question 2 might ask if their dog is big or small.

To utilize this feature:

  1. Click on the Feedback activity located on your homepage.
  2. Click the Edit questions tab .
  3. Click on the Add Question to Activity dropdown menu to select the question type you want to use.
  4. Check the Required box to make this a required question.
  5. Type out the question into the appropriate field(s)
  6. Type a label into the Label text box. The label is for you to identify the question later. It can be as simple as “Q1” for Question 1.
  7. After you have added the first question to the Feedback, Click the Save Question button to be taken back to the editing questions main screen.
  8. From the main screen, Select the Add a Page Break option from the Add a question to Activity dropdown menu.
  9. You should now see a page break at the bottom of your currently created questions.
  10. Add a new question in the Editing Questions tab main screen from the Add Question To Activity dropdown menu.
  11. On the page where you set up the question, Locate the Depend item options.
  12. Select the label for the question you would like the new question to depend on from the Depend Item dropdown menu
  13. Type the answer to the previous question you would like the new question to depend on into the Depend value box.

  1. Repeat these steps however many times you want to in order to create your Feedback with Depend Item functionality.

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