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How to Invite Anonymous Feedback

You can create a space for users in your course site to leave anonymous feedback by using the Feedback Activity. The Feedback Activity allows an instructor to solicit detailed feedback from students, as one might seek on a survey or a mid/end-quarter course evaluation. Making the activity anonymous will prevent any activity relating to this activity from being recorded in the course logs. Click here for more information about the Feedback Activity.

The following are scenarios in which you might invite anonymous feedback:

  • You wish to conduct a mid- or end-of-term, informal evaluation of your class (or some aspect--teaching, materials, topics, readings, activities, etc.).
  • You wish to offer a suggestion box or anonymous reporting of bullying, concerns for peers, etc.
  • You wish to conduct an assessment of needs, survey of interests, or other open-ended feedback from participants in your course. 

NOTE: For instructions on how to add a Feedback Activity, See: Adding a (basic) Feedback Activity

The following are two ways to add an anonymous course feedback button:

  1. Option 1: Add an Anonymous Feedback button in a Block on the side of the course page.
  2. Option 2: Add an Anonymous Feedback button in a Label in the main body of the course page. 

Option 1: Anonymous Feedback Button in a Block:

To create an Anonymous Feedback Button as a Block on the side of your course page, do the following:

  1. Log in to GauchoSpace and enter your course site.
  2. Click Turn editing on.
  3. On the side of your course page, select HTML from the Add a block dropdown menu. 

  4. Your course will refresh and the new HTML block will be added to your site.
  5. Find the newly-added HTML block on the left side of the site and click the gear icon and select Configure (new HTML block) block in the list.
  6. In the block settings, do not enter a name for the block. This will allow it to appear without borders.
  7. Click the show more buttons icon, which is the first icon in the editing tools.
  8. Click the HTML button, which is labeled with an opening and closing tag in the bottom row of the text editor. 
  9. This will change the view of the text editor to accept HTML code. Paste the following code into this box: <div style="text-align: center;"><a class="btn btn-primary" href="INSERT YOUR FEEDBACK URL">Anonymous Course Feedback</a></div> 
  10. In the code above, replace INSERT YOUR FEEDBACK URL with the URL of your Feedback Activity (click here for instructions to add a Feedback Activity and add questions). You can copy the URL by right-clicking the Activity on your course page and selecting Copy link address.
  11. Click the Save changes button.
  12. You will be taken to your course homepage, where the new Anonymous Course Feedback button will appear in the right-side navigation of your site. To move it, just click and drag the box when editing is turned on. 
  13. Use the "+" button at the bottom of the page to create a new section, and make sure that this setting is hidden. 

  14. Move the Feedback Activity into the hidden section of your course site, and then select Show from the Edit drop-down menu of the Feedback Activity. This will make the button you created the only link students see for leaving anonymous feedback.

Option 2: Anonymous Feedback Button in a Label:

To create an Anonymous Feedback Button as a label in the main area of your course page, do the following:

  1. Log in to GauchoSpace and enter your course site.
  2. Click Turn editing on.
  3. Find the week/topic where you would like to add the label and click Add an activity or resource.


  4. Under Resources, choose Label and click Add.
  5. When editing the Label, click the show more buttons icon, which is the first icon in the editing tools.
  6. Click the HTML button, which is labeled with an opening and closing tag in the bottom row of the text editor. 
  7. This will change the view of the text editor to accept HTML code. Paste the following code into this box: <div style="text-align: center;"><a class="btn btn-primary" href="INSERT YOUR FEEDBACK URL">Anonymous Course Feedback</a></div> 
  8. In the code above, replace INSERT YOUR FEEDBACK URL with the URL of your Feedback Activity (see above for instructions to add a Feedback Activity and add questions). You can copy the URL by right-clicking the Activity on your course page and selecting Copy link address.
  9. Click Save and return to course. The Label will contain a button for leaving anonymous feedback. 
  10. Use the "+" button at the bottom of the page to create a new section, and make sure that this setting is hidden.

  11. Move the Feedback Activity into the hidden section of your course site, and then select Show from the Edit drop-down menu of the Feedback Activity. This will make the button you created the only link students see for leaving anonymous feedback.
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