Increase Your Online Toolkit by Adding Moodle Feedback Tools
Moodle has a number of built-in tools to monitor student learning. These tools provide ongoing feedback that can help you better target your teaching to improve student learning. They can improve critical thinking, communication, creativity, and collaboration in your courses.
Below is a list of my favorite Moodle feedback tools.
Comment Directly on Student Submissions
Moodle 2.6 and above has a built-in feature to annotate student PDF submissions and comment inline on online text submissions. Instructors can use these added features to provide an improved grading workflow and improved readability of feedback for students. The annotation tool allows you to grade as if grading and marking a paper copy. You can highlight circle and add checkmarks/Xs, comments and smiley faces and frown symbols on the pdf without having to download and upload papers.
Add Electronic Rubrics to Your Course
Moodle has the ability to create electronic rubrics and link them to assignments. Rubrics are often used to grade student work but they can serve another, more important, role as well, they can teach as well as evaluate. When used as part of a formative, student-centered approach to assessment, rubrics have the potential to help students develop understanding and skill, as well as make dependable judgments about the quality of their own work.
Grading with Checklists
In addition to electronic rubrics, Moodle also has grading checklists as a built-in assessment tool. A checklist is a grading tool that is simpler than a rubric or marking guide. It allows instructors to note that certain characteristics are present or missing from an assignment or forum. Each characteristic is basically marked Pass/Fail (present or not present in the work) and points are assigned.
The choice activity module enables a teacher to ask a single question and offer a selection of possible responses.
Choice results may be published after students have answered, after a certain date, or not at all. Results may be published with student names or anonymously.
Feedback Options in Moodle Quizzes
Moodle has one of the most robust assessment platforms of any assessment platforms. You have a lot of options on when and how students receive feedback. You can also make your quizzes powerful teaching tools by giving them real time feedback as they are taking the quizzes.
Peer Editing with Moodle Workshop
One of the coolest Moodle assessment tools that is often ignored is the Moodle Workshop Tool. The Moodle Workshop Tool automates the peer review process. You can have student randomly peer review one another. Students receive a grade based on the feedback of their peers. They also receive a grade on how well they peer review others. The system will also randomly assign people work to peer review. There are lots of configuration settings that the teacher can use to control how the peer review process will work.
The Glossary is another under-utilized tool. I think the most powerful tool of the glossary is when students contribute their own definitions and comment on each other’s definitions. In this type of activity, they are participating in developing meaning making as a group and deep learning and student engagement can increase.
- A single simple discussion – A single topic discussion developed on one page, which is useful for short focused discussions (cannot be used with separate groups)
- Standard forum for general use – An open forum where anyone can start a new topic at any time; this is the best general-purpose forum
- Each person posts one discussion – Each person can post exactly one new discussion topic (everyone can reply to them though); this is useful when you want each student to start a discussion about, say, their reflections on the week’s topic, and everyone else responds to these
- Q and A Forum – Instead of initiating discussions teacher poses a question in the initial post of a discussion. Students may reply with an answer, but they will not see the replies of other Students to the question, until they have themselves replied to it.
- Standard forum displayed in a blog-like format
The feedback tool is useful for getting formative assessment data while teaching your courses or ideas on how to improve the course for future sessions. It can be used as a course evaluation and acts like a survey.
Want to learn more? Join us for a webinar where we will demonstrate how to use these tools on December 7th at 1pm CT. Register now!
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