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Here is an overview of how to use Word and PDF readers to mark student work offline - ideal for those with a long commute.

Use Word to give feedback

Word has the ability to add in text comments and can track changes to text you make on a students work. You can also add general feedback either within a section allocated to this on the cover sheet, however it is better to provide this within the general feedback section of Moodle itself, since it is more accessible here and will be displayed in the student's My Feedback report.


  • Track changes - Review tab > Track changes > Track changes - All changes will appear in a different colour and deleted text will appear crossed out
  • Add comments - Select the text you want to comment on > Review *tab >*New Comment
  • Comment bank - Copy up to 24 items into the clipboard (Home tab > Clipboard) and then click on them to paste them into comments - unfortunately you'll have to do this at the start of each marking session - you can't save the comment bank as such.

Use PDF Readers to give feedback

Although not as sophisticated as Word, PDF readers allow you to add inline comments and audio feedback to a document. This video shows you how to do this: