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Enable activity completion

This guide describes how to enable activity completion for a Moodle space.

Turning on activity tracking involves two steps - turning it on at course level, and then on the activities.

Activity completion allows students and teachers to track progress through a course with an easy to see checklist.

Activities can be marked complete manually or editors can set specific completion criteria that, when met, automatically mark the activity as complete.

Students track their activity completion via checkboxes on the right-hand side of activities.

Teachers track completion using the activity completion report listing participants against activities with a checkbox to indicate their current completion status.

Activity completion can be used as a way of restricting access to an activity based on a student completing another activity.

Step 1 - Enable completion tracking at course level

  1. Click on the gear icon to open the action menu.
  2. Select 'Edit settings' in the menu.
  3. Expand the 'Completion Tracking' section.
  4. Select 'Yes' from the drop-down for 'Enable completion tracking'.
  5. Click 'Save and display'.

Step 2 - Add activity completion tracking to activities

Use one (or more) of the following methods to add activity completion. Only items that have had this added will have the checkbox on the course page and appear in the activity completion report.

Editing will need to be turned on for this step.

Add completion tracking to individual activities

You can use this process for existing items, and also when creating a new item (skip to point 3).

  1. Click 'Edit' to the right of the activity or resource that you want to include in your activity completion report.
  2. Click on 'Edit settings'.
  3. Click on 'Activity Completion'.
  4. Set the options for the activity to show as complete. The options are:
    • 'Students can manually mark the activity as completed' - students can check the activity completion box next to the activity to indicate that they have completed that task.
    • 'Show activity as complete when specific conditions are met' - users with editing rights can set conditions such as getting a passing grade, posting a certain number of discussions to a forum etc. Activities and resources may have specific options available. For assistance with this, please contact the Academic Technology team.
  5. Click 'Save and return to course'.

    Set completion criteria for multiple existing activities

    1. Click on the gear icon to open the action menu.
    2. Select 'Course completion' from the menu.
    3. Select the 'Bulk edit activity completion' tab to set the activity completion criteria for existing activities and resources.
    4. Check the box for the appropriate activity type(s).
    5. Click 'Edit'.
    6. Set the activity completion criteria (see notes above).
    7. Click 'Save Changes'.

    Set default completion criteria for future activities

    1. Click on the gear icon to open the action menu.
    2. Select 'Course completion' from the menu.
    3. Select the 'Default activity completion' tab to set the activity completion criteria for items that are added in the future.
    4. Check the box for the appropriate activity type(s).
    5. Click 'Edit'.
    6. Set the activity completion criteria (see notes above).
    7. Click 'Save Changes'.

    When setting criteria for multiple items, you will only see criteria common to all of them i.e. criteria will not be visible if they only relate to a subset of the items.


    More information on activity completion is available at Moodle Docs.

    The information on this page relates to Moodle v3.6 and was last updated December 2019.

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