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Feedback Fruits - Setting up the Interactive Document Tool

The Feedback Fruits Interactive Document Tool provides instructors with interactivity to study material or articles by using inline questions and discussions. Instructors can prompt discussions and questions via the interactive document to be then discussed in-depth during the class. This way students are not just passively consuming content before the class and it can foster an overall collaborative learning experience. 

Feedback Fruits can only be enabled within a delivery space, as the tool requires to be synced with groups. This tool is available to all HE units. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for assistance.

It is vital to note that only copyright-free materials such as creative commons licensed materials, OER or VU owned materials are uploaded. Check copyright terms and conditions before uploading anything, especially PDF files retrieved from VU licensed databases as there is an increased risk of copyright infringements occurring. For further support and information on your copyright responsibilities read through the Copyright for teaching at VU or Copyright on VU Collaborate Help Guide.

This guide will walk you through the process of setting up the Interactive Document Tool in VU Collaborate.


You can also see this video from Feedback Fruits on setting up the Interactive Document tool.

FeedbackFruits Interactive Document: How-To from FeedbackFruits on Vimeo.


Step One: Accessing the Tool

1. Navigate to the Learning Space in a unit space and into a Module (or Sub-Module) you would like to incorporate the activity into.

2. Select on the Add Activities drop-down menu and locate the FeedbackFruits tool.

From add activities, select feedback fruits

3. When the FeedbackFruits tool is selected, a pop-up window as shown below will appear on your screen. You must grant the software access by selecting Continue To Permission.

Wait for the software to load then select Continue To Permission

4. Scroll through the available activity options and select Interactive Document.

Select Interactive Document


Step Two: Setting up the Interactive Document

Select Go Fullscreen for an easier experience.

Select Go Full screen for an easier experience

1. Give the Interactive Document activity a name by typing it within the top field box. 

2. If this is not your first time setting up the tool, you can use the Copy of Existing feature on the top right corner of the tool to select previous Interactive Documents created.

3. To attach a document you wish to use for this activity, drag and drop the document file from your computer into the pop-up window or.

4. Select Choose Document to search for the file on your device or.

5. Paste a URL link within the Paste Link field box and then select Submit.

Fill out the recommended information to create the activity

 6. Give the document a couple of seconds to process to be uploaded into the tool.

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 7. Once the document is uploaded, you still have the option to change the file, if necessary. Otherwise, you can proceed with setting up the inline questions and discussion prompts (explored further below in Adding the Inline Questions and Discussions).

Settings or Open Document

8. The Settings tab opens up a set of permissions that you can enable and disable as needed for the activity. This includes matters relating to copyright, permissions to contribute as well as deadlines.

9. If you disable the Copyright protected material option, students will see a download button, which allows them to download the original document. 

However, if you used a link to a document on the internet when setting up, you will not have this option i.e., students will not be able to download the document but will be able to navigate to the website where the document is hosted.

10. The option for Separate annotations per group lets students discuss the material in smaller groups. After enabling the option to separate annotations per group, you have to define the groups you want to use.

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By default, Students are allowed to post comments to the document to stimulate interactivity with the study material, but this feature can be disabled if needed.

 11. You can determine when the activity is opened and closed to students. Select See Overview to see how your selection impacts the availability of the activity.

Deadline settings              

Overview of affected parts


Step Three: Adding Inline Questions and Discussions

1. Now that the document has been uploaded and the preferred settings have been selected, you can select Open Document (as shown in Setting up the Interactive Document, Step 3.7 ) to add in the Inline Questions and Discussion prompts.

2. Selecting the Plus symbol on the bottom right of the document will open up options available to set up the interactive document.


3. You will then see the option to either add a Question Card or a Discussion Thread into the document. For this example, we will be using the Question Card feature.

Select Question Card

4. You will then see a side panel that displays the option to create either a Multiple Choice Question or an Open Question. In this example, we will look at an open question example.

Select Open Question


4.1 Open Question Setup

1. It is encouraged that you highlight a section of text in the document (shown as a green box in the image below). Simply click and drag your mouse on the document to highlights an area of interest.

2. Add the question corresponding to your selection. 

It is also possible to add an image to the question by clicking on the paperclip icon.

3. For open questions, you enter the question and (optionally) the correct answer.

4. Select Publish to save your question and add it to the activity.

You may lock the open question to force students to answer it before they can move on to read the rest of the document by selecting Students are required to answer this question before continuing the document. Also by default students will see anonymised answers by their peers after answering to remove this setting select Students see anonymized answers by their peers after answering

After a student has answered the question, they will see this model answer and can indicate whether their answer is correct, almost correct or wrong. If no correct answer was added, students will not have to indicate if their answer was correct or not and the question will be counted as neither correct nor incorrect. By default, students will also see these answers after answering the question, but they are anonymised. This feature can be disabled if necessary.

Open Question Set Up

5. When viewing these questions, answers or discussions, you can sort them according to their latest activity, location, most upvotes or most comments.



4.2 Multiple Choice Setup

The Multiple Choice setup is quite similar to the Open Question setup, the main difference is the ability to add multiple answers, incorrect answers and the choice to allow students to select multiple choices.

1. It is encouraged that you highlight a section of text in the document (shown as a green box in the image below). Simply click and drag your mouse on the document to highlights an area of interest.

Highlight the document

2. Add the question corresponding to your selection. 

3. Add both correct answers and incorrect answers (you may add multiple correct and incorrect answers to make the question more complex by selecting Add Answer). Make sure to tick the tickable radio button next to answers you deem as correct.

You may lock the multiple-choice question to force students to answer it before they can move on to read the rest of the document by selecting Students are required to answer this question before continuing the document. Also by default students can't select more than one correct answer, to allow for more make sure to select Allow participants to select multiple choices.

4.Select Publish to save your question and add it to the activity.

Multiple Choice Set Up


4.3 Discussion Thread Setup

A discussion thread is similar to both Open Questions and Multiple Choice Questions in the setup process, however, this question setup involves a question or statement students will be able to respond to in a discussion forum layout. An example can be seen below.

Discussion threads can be used by students to submit their best contribution for a Participation Grading Assignment.

Discussion Thread Setup


Step Four: Adding Modules to the Interactive Document

1. Once you are done adding the quizzes and threads within the Interactive Document, you will need to select the back arrow on the top left of the page to finalise settings.

Select the back arrow to close the interactive document

2. Once back in the setting setup, you will see a plus button that allows you to add modules. These modules are essentially Instructions and Grading for the activity. 

Select the Plus Symbol to add further modules onto the Feedback Fruit Document

3. There are no instructions by default as the intention of the activity is often self-explanatory. However, you can select the plus button to add an Instructions module to the assignment.  

Add Instruction Module

Instructions can simply be an overview explanation of the activity so students understand what is required.

You can attach audio and imagery by selecting the Audio and Attach symbols underneath the instruction text box.

Write Instructions within the Instruction Module

 4. It's possible to add a Configurable Grading module. Here you can grade students based on their participation and performance.

Add Configurable Grading Module

5. As shown in the image below, grades can be based on the different steps students take to complete the assignment/interactive document and the weight per criterion can be defined. It's important to note that the max percentage that can be received is 100%, therefore all tasks need to add up to 100.

For example, down below there are three main tasks set up for students, viewing the document will give students 50 points, answering all question cards placed by academics will give 25 points and participating in discussion threads placed by academics will give 25 points. (50 + 25 + 25 = 100).

6. Selecting the activate button will extend a further setting. This setting will change the Interactive Document grade from a Pass/Fail Grade to an Overall Percentage Grade. If you wish to change the pass mark from 50% to something else, add the number of your choice in the editable box.

Set up the Grading Settings

7. It's possible to add a Participation Grading Assignment module. Here you can grade and assess students based on their best responses to a Discussion Thread.

Add Participation Grading Assignment Module

8. Write a brief explanation on the discussion thread students will need to answer and select their best response from.

9. You may add a deadline by selecting the Date and Time selections. 

Adding a due date and time into a module will cause the entire document to close on that selected due date. It is recommended to make all modules with due dates identical.

10. If you select Settings, you may change the Required submissions from default 1 response to 5 responses. This means students need to answer over 5 times and select their top 5 responses.

The Participation Grading Assignment module is graded separately, however combines with the overall grade of the Interactive Document. This separate grade is currently not configurable; in this early version, a scale from 1 to 10 is used.

Set up best contributions

11. It's also possible to add a Reflect on the activity module.

Add Reflect on the Activity Module

12. Here students can reflect on the Interactive Document, stating what they have learnt, what they thought and more.

13. You may add a deadline by selecting the Date and Time selections. 

14. The required length written by students will need to be adjusted, first select the minimal amount of words required and then the most words required in the two field boxes.

15. Write a brief explanation of the reflection style you wish students to reply to.

Set up reflecting on the document

16. If you add all or some of these extra modules make sure to double-check the grading to ensure all new activities are graded.

Select Show to add additional criteria to the Interactive Document, ensure all criteria equal 100 points. Items will be greyed out if your points already equal 100%.

Check grading

17. Once you finish setting up your activity, select Save in the top-right corner of the screen to publish the activity.

Save activity

18. However if you still have some tweaks to make within the document, you can still find the Edit button on the top right corner of the activity.



Further Support

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