I was just curious as to the difference between the Questionnaire activity and the Feedback activity. We are currently running Moodle 1.9 and are hosted by Moodlerooms.
Is there a reason why I would want to have both enabled, or one over the other?
Any feedback is appreciated!
Good question and I too have wanted to learn about the main differences between the Questionnaire and Feedback. It will be good to hear from anyone who has used both so that there can be some comparison. We have been testing the Questionnaire in our current Moodle installation (version 1.9.15) for end-of-course evaluations and downloading results involves first downloading them in text format and then importing the file into Excel, for example. I read a little about the Feedback Module in Moodle 2.0 and I see that results can be exported directly to Excel. For our case, we are looking at a tool that compiles evaluation results in a comprehensive, clear and user-friendly manner.
Looking forward to people's feedback.
Each plugin has its stronger and weaker points and really the best way to find out for yourself is to install both on a test site and ... play around with them.
i know this is a belated reply, but i thought i'd post in case anyone searches for this question.
one main difference i can see is that feedback does not allow you edit the question text with links, images etc. the questionnaire module does.
I came to this blog for the same reason as the OP. Googling the words Feedback vs Questionnaire Moodle will lead to this forum thread.
Telling us to "install it and figure it out yourself" is frustrating to me, especially since it appears that the Questionnaire is a plugin (and I have to make a request to Admins to install and activate it).
I suggest starting a page on the wiki that compares/contrasts the two. It's a frequently asked question - just Google it!
Here's a good starting point:
Here's the gist of my question:
I wanted to use "N/A" answers in my Feedback questions (so that such answers are selected, but don't count against the ratings). For example, if students rate the "Professor's availability for impromptu meetings" they should be able to mark "N/A" if they never needed to ask the professor for meetings, and the rating won't help/hurt the aggregate value. I don't think it's possible to do this in the Feedback module, since all answers have to take a numeric value, e.g., "0/Not applicable".
Moodle's Questionnaire seems to have the feature of specifying "N/A" as an answer, but looking at http://docs.moodle.org/27/en/Questionnaire_module#Types_of_reports I'm not able to see if I can get the same Analysis (with bar graphs of responses, averages) that I get in a Feedback. Can anyone answer that?
Other questions (for now):
- Can Questionnaires be "anonymous" like Feedback? It's important for students to give frank feedback without fear of retribution.
- Can I export a Questionnaire's questions so it can be shared in other courses (with other professors using Moodle) like I can with Feedback?
Hi Cris and thanks for your interest in the "survey-type" modules in Moodle.
1.- The Feedback vs Questionnaire comparison discussion has been going on for quite some time, see e.g. this discussion (started back 8 years ago): Questionnaire and Feedback Modules - Opinion. Obviously both modules have evolved radically since then and include new features.
2.- You write that "Telling us to "install it and figure it out yourself" is frustrating to me" and I quite understand the feeling. I was actually thinking of people having a (local) Moodle test site of their own, where they are completely free to install add-ons without having to ask an admin. Another possibility to test out Questionnaire is to go to my online test site. See the instructions here: https://moodle.org/mod/forum/discuss.php?d=245086
3.- "I suggest starting a page on the wiki that compares/contrasts the two." I vaguely remember doing something like that years ago. It is a lot of work, takes a lot of time and I am not ready to invest in this at the moment. I prefer to spend my time writing an exhaustive documentation for the module I maintain (an exhausting task in itself). The feedback/questionnaire comparison page you point to is outdated, by the way.
4.- "Moodle's Questionnaire seems to have the feature of specifying "N/A" as an answer, but looking at http://docs.moodle.org/27/en/Questionnaire_module#Types_of_reports I'm not able to see if I can get the same Analysis (with bar graphs of responses, averages) that I get in a Feedback."
You're loooking at the wrong page, please read this page: Viewing_Questionnaire_responses.
5.- "Can Questionnaires be "anonymous" like Feedback? It's important for students to give frank feedback without fear of retribution".
Yes and no. Yes it's possible to set a Questionnaire to be "anonymous". But it's not possible to have non-logged-in guests to answer questionnaires.
6.- Can I export a Questionnaire's questions so it can be shared in other courses (with other professors using Moodle) like I can with Feedback?
When an admin or teacher creates a questionnaire instance, they can create "Public" or "Template" questionnaires which can be used in other courses on your Moodle site. Again, the documentation explains this feature here: Setting_up_a_questionnaire#Questionnaire_Type.
In conclusion, do take the time to read the whole Questionnaire documentation (it will take you only one hundredth of the time it took me to write it ), do try Questionnaire on my online test site. And if you have any more questions, you are welcome to ask them in this discussion.
Hi Joseph! We greatly appreciate the Questionnaire and the work you have put into developing it. One of our favorite uses for it is to create a self-scoring weekly journal. In many of our courses, our students are required to keep a weekly journal...where they reflect on the course content, or are to monitor some aspect of their own behavior or health, or are to investigate something, or need to document their service learning activities. For these items, the instructors are not so concerned with grading what the students write or discover....but want to ensure that the students are doing the reflective process every week. The questionnaire allows the students to get points automatically in the grade book for completing/participating...without the instructor needing to hand-enter each score. The instructor can quickly review the "journal" and if a student is not properly doing the work...take points away from just those students---making this is a great time saver for the instructor.
If in some future version it was possible for the instructor to give feedback to the students responses in the questionnaire...that is something some instructors would like to see. Thanks for a great tool!