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The Feedback module allows you to create and conduct surveys to collect feedback from learners. It is smaller in scope and therefore easier to use than the Questionnaire module, and unlike the Survey tool it allows you to write your own questions, rather than choose from a list of pre-written survey instruments.

Adding a Feedback Activity

To create a feedback activity:

  1. Click Turn editing on.
  2. Select Feedback from the Add an activity... drop-down menu.
  3. Enter the activity name, this name appears on the course page for learners.
  4. Enter the activity description.
  5. Set the options as required, see Feedback Settings to learn more.
  6. Click Save and display or Save and return to course.

Creating a Feedback Question

To add questions to a feedback activity select the type of question from the drop down list in the top left corner then click the Add question to activity button.

Standard options

The following apply to all or most question types.

Position: This number controls the order of the questions. Position 1 is the question nearest the top of the page when you create or edit a question you can choose from the dropdown 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.

Required: These questions are required to be answered and will prompt the user if they are left unanswered. These questions are highlighted with a red star for users, and have a yellow exclamation point beside them when editing Feedback questions.

Available question types

Captcha: A test to make sure a real person is filling in the form and not an automatic spamming. Asks the person to write out some distorted text which is displayed on the screen.

Multiple choice - multiple answers : A series of options with a checkbox next to each one. The respondent can check as many as they want and there is currently no way to specify a limit to how many they can choose which is lower than the total.

Multiple choice - single answer allowed (dropdown list): A dropdown list from which only one answer can be selected.

Dropdownlist (rated): This is similar to the dropdown list option, except that each option has a numerical value associated with it. This means that if asking a question like:

How much do you enjoy being in class?

  • I love it.

  • I like it.

  • It's OK.

  • I don't like it.

  • I hate it.

If the Dropdown list (rated) option is used, then numerical values are associated with each option, allowing an average or other measurements of any responses. The above question might look like:

How much do you enjoy being in class?

  • [1] I love it.

  • [2] I like it.

  • [3] It's OK.

  • [4] I don't like it.

  • [5] I hate it.

Which might allow for an average (e.g. '4.5 this term, up from 3.9 last term') to be calculated.

Label: Similar to a standard label, this allows you to add arbitrary text between questions allowing for extra explanation or to divide the Feedback into sections.

Numeric answer: Here you ask a question which must have a number as an answer and specify the acceptable range e.g. 'How many arms would you like, if more than 2 were possible? (please specify 0-10)' with a range of 0-10 set in the options. It helps if you specify the acceptable range in the question text.

Picture: This question type allows you ask where users must choose from a range of images as their answer. For example: 'Which of these flags is known as the Union Jack?'. You write your question and CTRL-Click to choose the images you want.

Multiple choice - single answer: A series of radio buttons, which start on 'Not selected' and then has options afterwards. Only one can be chosen and 'Not selected' is a valid answer if the question is not set to 'required'.

Radiobutton (rated): This is the same as the Multiple choice (above) but you can allocate a numerical value to each of the answers as well, which makes things a little more quantitative if you intend to analyse the results statistically.

Longer Text Answer: For creating a text box (you specify how big it will appear in rows and columns) in which people can write a long answer.

Short Text Answer: Lets you specify a single line answer, with an input box which is a set number of characters long (you choose). You also 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.

Feedback Settings


Name: Give your Feedback resource a title.

Description: Text will be displayed to users before they enter the feedback.


Open and Close Feedback: This allows you to set a time period during which the Feedback will be available to responses.

Feedback options

Record User Names Choose from the following options:

  • Anonymous.
  • Users' Names Will Be Logged and Shown With Answers.

Show analysis to learners: Yes/No. The summary results can be shown to respondents, or shown only to trainers.

Send Email-Notifications: Yes/No. Notifications will be sent to the Totara site administrators upon the submission.

Multiple submit: Yes/No. Anonymous polls allow unlimited answers for every user, for polls where the user name is logged this allow users to resubmit their answers.

Automated numbers for each questions: If you choose Yes the feedback-module will show automatic generated numeration for each question.

After submitting

Page after submit: allows you to write a comment/statement the learners sees at the end of completing the feedback activity.

Common module settings

See Common Module Settings to learn more.

Activity completion

See Activity Completion to learn more.

Restrict access

See Restrict Access to learn more.

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