It’s exciting to be a Moodler these days! With the release of Moodle 3.6, Moodle HQ introduced many new features for educators and learners to enjoy. Some of these new features include the ways graders can provide assignment feedback to students.
Annotations and Marking Assignments
When marking assignments, as with earlier versions of Moodle, graders have the option of annotating submissions. If the student uploads a PDF, docx or odt file, or if you set ‘Comment inline’ for an online text submission, then the submission will be displayed on the grading screen. From here, you are allowed to annotate using a variety of tools, stamps (if uploaded by the admin), and comments (which may be saved to a comments bank). When the annotations are complete, clicking to save the changes will result in your edits being displayed to the student as part of their feedback.
In previous versions, graders also had the ability to leave feedback comments in a box located at the bottom right as well as input grades. These comments could consist of text, ordered and unordered lists, hyperlinks, and even images, although their source was limited to an online URL.
New Assignment Feedback Features in Moodle 3.6
With Moodle 3.6, graders have additional feedback and comment options. They can now leave images from additional sources, link to media files including videos and audio files, and even leave their own video and audio recordings directly in Moodle.
Let’s check out each option…
New Assignment Feedback Feature #1: Insert Images from Multiple Repositories
The first new option graders have is the ability to leave images from a variety of sources. To do this they select the Insert image button from the Atto text editor toolbar.
This will provide them a dialogue box where they can input the image’s URL, and now also browse multiple repositories from which to choose the image. In addition, graders may leave an image description and adjust its size and alignment if desired.
When choosing an image, the available repositories will depend on how your Moodle has been configured, but one option that will invariably be available is the ability to upload the file from your local computer. In the setup below, you can see that Wikimedia, Google Drive, and Microsoft OneDrive are also possible options (if configured).
New Assignment Feedback Feature #2 : Link to External Media
The second new feature allows you to link to external media such as websites, videos, and audio files. To do this, graders select the Insert media button from the toolbar.
A dialogue box prompts users with their upload choices. The first tab allows graders to link to external files and websites, but also files stored locally on their computer or in the cloud.
The second tab allows graders to select videos from external and local sources. One external source commonly used is YouTube. Browsing repositories allow graders to select from video files stored on their computer or other repositories.
When inserting videos, graders are given additional configuration options such how to display the video, some advanced options like showing the controls, automatically playing, muting and looping the video, as well as providing subtitles and captions.
The third tab allows graders to insert audio files in the same manner and with many of the same options as when inserting video files.
New Assignment Feedback Feature #3: Manage Files
The next new feature is the ability to manage files. To do this, graders can select the Manage files button from the toolbar.
Yet another dialogue box appears where graders can upload, download, and delete files as well as update file information such as name, author, and type of license.
New Assignment Feedback Feature #4: Record Audio Feedback
The fourth new feedback feature lets graders leave audio feedback by directly making a recording in Moodle. To do this they select the Record audio button in the toolbar.
This produces a popup window where the grader can record their audio feedback. Note that for this to work properly, you need to give the browser access to the microphone. Once the audio has been recorded, you are able to click to attach it.
New Assignment Feedback Feature #5: Record Video Feedback
The last and final new feature introduced in Moodle 3.6 may be the most exciting one yet: the ability for educators to leave video feedback by making their own video recordings. To do this, select the Record video button in the toolbar.
Just like when recording audio files, a popup window is produced where graders can record their video. Additionally, you need to authorize access to the external device in the browser, in this case, the webcam.
When recording audio files and videos there is a limit of 2 minutes, but don’t worry, it’s amazing what one can say or do in that amount of time!
Exciting right? With these new assignment feedback features in Moodle 3.6, graders can provide students with a broad variety of feedback. Grading and feedback have never been easier. For more information on using the assignment activity, visit these links: