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

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Feedback templates

You can create reusable feedback templates with:

  • The Activity Grader and the Grade Editor. In these tools, you manage them in the right panel 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.

Click an existing template to use it; it appears in the text editor where you can make one-time changes.

Click Edit templates to make changes to an existing template or create new ones.

Create new Feedback templates

  1. Click Edit templates to create Feedback templates.
  1. Click Create template. You can Create groups to organize your templates.
  1. Give the template a Title.
  2. Choose a Group if desired.
  3. Enter the content using the rich text editor. Replacement variables are available for customization.
  4. Click Done.

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 when the feedback is delivered to the student.

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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