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This applies to Moodle 3.6 from July 2019 onward

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How to enable conditional activities

Completion Tracking allows teachers to specify conditions that define when an activity is considered to be complete e.g. when a certain number of posts have been made, or a grade has been reached or a choice has been made .

You set, for each activity or resource, what constitutes "completion".

For a resource, this will be "view" - although it only really checks whether the student has opened the resource, it can't know if they've actually looked at it! 
See below for a list of what can constitute completion for activities.

Note: Completion tracking must be turned on BEFORE the conditional  resources  or activities are added.

How to turn on completion tracking 

  1. Navigate to your module 
  2. Find the drop-down menu cog and select Edit settings 
  3. Scroll down to the section entitled Completion tracking
  4. From the Enable completion tracking drop-down menu select  "Yes"
  5. Click on the Save and display button

To set up an activity conditional on completion of a previous one:

  • Set up the FIRST resource or activity 
  • Navigate to your module and click on the Turn editing on  button (top right)
  • Click on the + Add an activity or resource hyperlink as usual 
  • Add the resource or activity you want, e.g., Select a File resource and upload a Powerpoint, named Preliminary Material
  • Complete the settings
  • Under the heading Activity completion
  • From the Completion tracking drop-down menu choose "Show activity as complete when conditions are met"

For a resource:

  • click Student must view this activity to complete it as the condition (this is the only possible option)

For an activity:

  • Set the conditions for completion, e.g., check Require grade: "Student must receive a grade to complete this activity"  

    (For a forum) Require replies: "Student must post replies: [enter number e.g., 2]" 
    or must create one or more discussions (first post in a discussion) or a combination of the two
    For example:

  • Click on the Save and return to module button

Completion Requirement Options for Activities (or resources)

ActivityPossible criteria


Require view, require grade, must submit
Turnitin AssignmentRequire view, require grade
ChatRequire view
Choicerequire view, require choice selection (any of the choices)
Databaserequire view, require grade, require # count of entries (new in 3.4)
Feedbackrequire view, require submission of feedback form
Forumrequire view, require grade, require # posts (discussions or replies), # create (first post in) discussion topic, or # replies to other posts
Glossaryrequire view, require grade, must create # of entries
Lessonrequire view, require grade
Quizrequire view, require grade
SCORM Packagerequire view, require grade
Wikirequire view
Workshoprequire view, require grade

Set up the conditional resource or activity

  • Click on the + Add activity or resource hyperlink as usual to add the second resource or activity
  • Under the  Restrict access section heading, click on the Add restriction... button
  • An Add restriction... pop-up window will open. Click on the Activity completion button.

  • From the Activity completion drop-down menu select the previous activity that will become a part of the 'condition' (e.g., Preliminary Material)

  • From the additional drop-down menu select "must be marked complete"

Now the student must complete the first activity (e.g., read/open the Powerpoint Preliminary Material) before the second one is viewable.

Note: Access can also  be restricted conditional upon achieving (or not achieving) a grade in an assignment or other graded activity

You can also allow students to tick items themselves to say they're completed (but that relies on their honesty - compare it with their tracking report!). Where the resource is a label, the only way to indicate completion is for the student to manually tick it.

To allow student manual completion

When setting up the activity or resource:

  • In the Activity completion section
  • Choose from Completion tracking drop-down menu "Students can manually mark this activity as completed" 

NOTE: Where you have a lot of material for students to work through, students often like to be able to tick boxes themselves to track their progress through the module.

Results of Activity Completion 

If activities or resources are set to “Show activity as completed when conditions are met,” then a check-mark icon will appear on the student’s Moodle page when the conditions are fulfilled. The check-mark icon will be on the right of the link for that resource or activity.

If you have manual completion setting, i.e. "Students can manually mark resources and activities as complete," then students will see a square icon to the right of the links to that resource or activity. Clicking the square will place a check-mark icon, marking it as complete.

Activity Completion Reports

You can view a report table with a list of your students and their completion results.

To view the Completion Reports page:

  • On your module front page click the Cogwheel icon   and More

  • Under Reports click on Activity completion

This will show a table of your students and their progress.

You can:

  • search the table by the first letter of First name and/or Surname

  • export the results to a spreadsheet by clicking on the Download hyperlinks underneath the table.

Changing Activity Completion Settings

These settings can be changed later (with editing turned on) by clicking Edit for a resource or activity and returning to the Edit Settings page. 

However if one or more students have already completed a resource of activity, you will see a warning:

You can unlock the setting by clicking on the Unlock completion options button, but student progress information up to that point will be lost for that activity or resource.

Copying activities with completion tracking set

If an activity in which completion tracking is set is copied into another module (e.g., copying one form last year into this year's module), then that module must have completion tracking turned on.

Tracking cannot be added retrospectively.

Typical use example

To ask students to complete a Plagiarism test or statement (using a Choice)

before they are able to see the assignment and make a submission.

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