How do I give my students feedback on their Extended Responses?

The Long Answer question type enables students to give self-marked extended responses. Learn how to give students feedback on their free-form Task answers.

Giving Feedback

Navigate to the task in the Tasks section of your Control Panel and click Responses. This will take you directly to student responses 

The red [Number] Need Attention indicator tells you if there are responses that are unattempted (blank), too short, or gibberish. You can see all flagged responses from the Tasks tab at a glance, saving you time!

You'll see each of the Long Answer questions. New answers will be noted on each question, which you can click on.

responses section within a task

A blue dot indicates a new response that hasn't received feedback yet. 

A red dot indicates a new response that has not met question requirements such as no answer; gibberish; not meeting the length suggestion.

blue and red dot indicating actions required

For each student response, you can leave a comment and select a star rating. You can also select whether or not you want students to resubmit a question by ticking the Require resubmission box.

Ticking Require resubmission will notify the student, and prompt them to attempt the question again. Click to see what this looks like from a student's perspective.

options you are able to choose when looking at a response

You are also able to record audio feedback for your students by clicking on the microphone icon.

record feedback option

Once you have recorded your feedback, play it back by selecting the play button. To re-record, click Record again.

record again button

Once you're ready, select the Send feedback button. You can move on to the next question or answer using the navigation pane/arrows at the bottom of the page. 

For information on how students can view your feedback, refer to our guide How do students see feedback on their self-marked work?.

Downloading Student Responses

If students have submitted answers as a voice recording, video, or another file type, you can download these from the Responses tab. 

The example below shows that Albracca's answer contains an audio recording. Click  Open File.

downloading a student response

Click the three dots, then Download. The recording is then downloaded to your device.

download student recording button

You can download any files that are submitted as Extended Response answers, including videos and documents. Further information is found here.

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