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Spent time writing feedback for students but not sure if they're engaging with it?

You want to know that students benefit from the feedback you spend time and effort preparing. However, the message from the literature is that across the sector students don't always manage to make use of assessment feedback.

  • The MyFeedback Report gives an overview of when students' engaged with each instance of feedback given via Moodle (except Turnitin).
  • The Turnitin inbox displays a column which tells staff whether or not students have looked at their feedback for over 30 seconds.

Here's how to monitor the most basic aspect of engagement with feedback - whether or not they have looked at it.

  1. Choose one of your Turnitin or Moodle assignments with a feedback release date in the future (ideally before Easter) and where markers are providing feedback within Turnitin or Moodle.
  2. In your diary, make a note to check it one day, one week and one month after the feedback release date.
  3. On each date, check according to the instructions below. Record the data somewhere so you can find it again. It will also help to make a note of the size of the cohort, and how they received notice that feedback was available, and support with what to do with it. You can use this data as a benchmark and compare future cohorts with it.

Turnitin Assignment

  1. Go to the Moodle area containing that assignment
  2. Click the link to the Turnitin assignment.
  3. Click the Submission inbox tab.
  4. Show all, if necessary.
  5. Page-down, counting the number of students who have looked at feedback.
  6. You can check the number of submissions at a glance by clicking the link to Assignments (Turnitin) which may be in Navigation bar (you can also view this summary by enabling the Activities block on your Moodle area front page, and then clicking on its Turnitin link).
  7. Note anything else of interest.

MyFeedback Report

The date that students viewed the feedback from an assessment is displayed in Moodle's MyFeedback report, allowing tutors to easily determine if and when their comments has been viewed. Feedback that has not been viewed has a cross displayed beside it.


You can go directly to the assessed activity in question. By taking a sample of students who did visit that part and seeing how long they remained on that page before their next movement, we can speculate (and then triangulate by asking students, if we want).

  1. Go to the Moodle area containing that assignment.
  2. Click the link to the Moodle assignment.
  3. In its Settings (context menu which displays in a side block) click Logs; the logs for the assignment display.
  4. You can filter All Days to the day you want to look at.
  5. You can filter All Actions to just View.
  6. Rather than Display on page, you can download as a spreadsheet; this allows you to eliminate any staff members from the records.
  7. You can check the number of submissions at a glance by enabling the Activities block on your Moodle area front page, and then clicking on its Assignments link.