How do I create and use Feedback templates with replacement variables?

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Feedback templates

Buzz allows you to create and save Feedback templates that you can easily insert when scoring activities.

Once created, Feedback templates appear under the Feedback and Private note rich text editors, and you simply click them to insert them into the editor. You can then make edits for the student if needed.

Create new Feedback templates

You can create new Feedback templates and edit existing templates in the following places:

  • The Activity Grader and the Grade Editor by clicking Edit templates under Insert Template in the Feedback (Visible to Student) section.
  • The Needs grading screen. On this screen, you click the Feedback templates icon in the toolbar.

Doing either of these opens the Edit template screen where you:

  1. Click Create template.
  1. Give the template a Title.
  2. Choose a Group if desired.
  3. Enter the content using the rich text editor.
  4. Click Done.

The new Feedback template now appears in your list of templates and can be inserted as feedback. If you don't save a template as part of a group, it is saved under the Ungrouped label at the top.

Use groups to organize feedback templates

Categorize your Feedback Templates using groups:

  1. Click Edit templates under Feedback
  1. Click Create group.
  2. Give the group a Title.
  3. Click Done.
  1. Once a group is created, click Create template.
  2. Give the template a Title, choose the Group you want, and compose the template.  
  3. Click Done to save.


To put existing templates into groups, open them and select the desired Group.

Replacement variables

Replacement variables allow you to easily personalize feedback, even in templates.

To use them, place variable codes (outlined in the table below) between dollar signs ($) in your feedback.

Buzz automatically replaces the variables with dynamic values drawn from user information.

Replacement variables for feedback

Replacement variables are allowed in various places throughout Buzz, but only the variables outlined in this table are available in feedback.

Simply set the variable code between dollar signs ($) to activate the variable, like this: $VARIABLECODE$.

Name Value
ENROLLMENTFIRST First name of the current enrollment user
ENROLLMENTLAST Last name of the current enrollment user
ENROLLMENTUSERNAME Username of the current enrollment user
ENROLLMENTUSERREFERENCE External ID of the current enrollment user

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