In my case, I'm in the middle. Once and again, students require help in the same topics. They get stopped in their tasks because of the same problems. That´s because we have designed a path for their learning practise to find and solve those problems. So I have a set of files with the answers I've given previously to other students; from which I can copy and paste into the feedback area. But, each time, I have to adjust them to the actual context. Nevertheless, I found such pre-formatted sentences very practical to get high efficiency in my feedback comments.
Or generalizing, Had you ever have had the need to write many times or the more or less the same sentences?
I'm working on a new InsertText tag for the editor. You can enter into my test server: Gattaca, in an htmlarea in the forum or in any essay module activities. (as teacher user: developer pass: developer)
You'll find you can select files from the course (common to all teachers) or from your own personal folder; both located in the server. It works in both moodles 1.4.3 and 1.5
It works perfectly for txt and html files but not for rtf files . Gifs are inserted as text. I've not checked the buttons at the botton of the popup window.
There is still a lot of work to do, but may be a good time to get your feedback and suggestions. I want to add a browser for files in user's computer and, maybe, texts imported from xml files ( to the database ...?) but first, for this last, I have to tearn to handle xlm files. Perhaps, also it would be useful to have the ability to suck text from the actual htmlArea to re-use it later.
Please, I wait for your comments.