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This is one of many help and support pages that are available about the University of Nottingham's Moodle online learning environment. If you have any questions or queries concerning Moodle then contact information is at the bottom of every page.

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This refers to Moodle 3.8 from September 2022 onward.

The text below describes feedback using an audio files but can equally well be used to give feedback via any other type of file, including Word, PDF or a scanned version of an annotated script.

Moodle Help & Support 


How to give audio or other feedback privately to students 

You can give feedback with the Moodle Assignment tool. Students do not have to submit anything to receive feedback or files back.

  1. In your Moodle module, click on the 'Turn editing on' button (top-right pencil icon)
  2. Click + Add an Activity or Resource

From the window, select 'Assignment' and then click 'Add'.

4. Create the assignment as usual, with "Name", "Description" etc.

5. If you are giving feedback, but you do not require students to submit anything, make that clear in the description i.e. "You don’t have to submit anything but look here for feedback"

6. Remember to configure your "Feedback types" to allow "Feedback files", should you wish to. This option is not activated by default.

7. Then save your assignment.

Feedback types

8. Once you have created your assignment and the submissions are in, click into the assignment and View the assignment as a teacher and click 'View all submissions'

Grading summary

9. Click the blue 'Grade' button in the "Grade" column for the student of choice. 

Grade button in Grade column for student submissions

10. On the student's Grading page, you can use "Feedback comments" to provide a written statement.

11.You can also use "Feedback files" to upload a prepared document or media file.

Adding a feedback file

12. Scroll up to "Marking workflow state" and select 'Marking completed', then scroll back down and click 'Save changes' or 'Save and show next' to move on to the next student.

Selecting Marking complete from Marking workflow state dropdown

N.B. Selecting "Marking completed" on the feedback page for each student does NOT release the feedback to students. To release your feedback in bulk, follow these steps:

  1. Click into the assignment and select 'View all submissions'.

View all submissions button

2. Select all students with the "Select" checkbox

Selecting students

3. Scroll down to "With select..." dropdown and choose 'Set marking workflow state' then click on 'Go'

Set marking workflow state in With selected dropdown

4. On the next page, scroll down to "Marking workflow state" and select 'Released' and then click 'Save changes'

Changing workflow state to released