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, or at the back of the essay.
Here is a quick overview of how you can add feedback to work submitted in Word:
- 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:
You can then distribute the response files back to students via Moodle Assignments (Advanced uploading of files) along with marks and feedback