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How to set up and use completion tracking to monitor student progress

Completion Tracking

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".  You can then:

  • Track a student's progress through the module and see which resources and activities they have accessed.
  • Make some resources or activities conditional upon completion of a previous activity, allowing a linear guided progression through the module - particularly useful for self-study modules.

For a resource, completion will be equivalent to "view" - this only really checks whether the student has opened the resource, it can't know if they've actually looked at it!

Note:  Completion tracking must be turned on BEFORE the conditional  resources  or activities are added.  However, tracking can be backdated to start of module.

How to turn on completion tracking

  1. Navigate to the Moodle module you want to work in
  2. Click the 'Cogwheel edit' button (top right)
  3. Select 'Edit settings'
  4. Scroll down to Completion tracking and set "Enable Completion tracking" to 'Yes'
  5. Click 'Save and display'

Enable completion tracking on a Moodle module

 See also How to enable conditional activities

For each activity you will need to set up the conditions to be met that will constitute completion: 

(Checkbox has dotted outline)

  • You need to EITHER Add a (new) resource or activity, OR edit an existing resource or activity
  • If you are setting up a new resource or activity, complete the settings, then, under Activity Completion, in the "Completion tracking" drop-down choose 'Show activity as complete when conditions are met'

Setting completion tracking on an activity

For a resource:

  • Click the "Require view" tick box for Student must view this activity to complete it

Require view on completion tracking on a resource

For an activity:

  • Set the conditions for completion,
    e.g., (for an assignment) check "Require grade": 'Student must receive a grade to complete this activity' OR
    (For a forum) "Require replies": 'Student must post replies: [enter number e.g., 2]'
    or whatever constitutes completion for that activity (see below for list)

Note: "Expect completed on" is a date which is not shown to students and is only displayed in the Activity completion report for teacher use - a sort of reminder to yourself.

List of possible Completion Requirement Options for Activities

ActivityPossible criteria


Require view, require grade, must submit
Turnitin AssignmentRequire view, require grade
ChatRequire view
ChoiceRequire view
DatabaseRequire view, require grade, require entries
FeedbackRequire view
Forumrequire view, require grade, require posts, require discussions, require replies
Glossaryrequire view, require grade, require entries
Lessonrequire view, require grade, require and reached, require time spent
Quizrequire view, require grade, require passing grade, require attempts
SCORM Packagerequire view, require grade, require minimum score, require status
Wikirequire view
Workshoprequire view, require grade

Self or manual student completion

It's also possible to allow students to manually mark an activity as completed (but that relies on their honesty - you can compare it with their basic tracking report!). Where the resource is a label, the only way to indicate completion is for the student to manually click 'Mark as done'.

To allow manual student completion (checkbox with solid outline)

When setting up the activity or resource:

  • Under Activity Completion, from "Completion tracking" dropdown choose 'Students can manually mark this activity as completed'

Selecting 'Students can manually mark this activity as completed' as completion tracking

Results of Activity Completion

For activities requiring students to manually mark an activity as completed, a 'Mark as done' button is shown on the activity page.

Mark as done

If activities or resources are set to 'Show activity as completed when conditions are met' and 'Student must view this activity to complete it' is selected, then students will see a checkbox 'To do: View' . Clicking on the checkbox will then change status to 'Done'.

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:

  1. On your Moodle page, click on the 'Actions cogwheel' and select 'More...' 
  2. Scroll down to Reports and select Activity Completion.

This will show a table of your students and their progress. You can export the results to a spreadsheet by clicking on the Download hyperlinks. The exported report also lists the date the activity/resource was completed.

Activity completion report

Changing Activity Completion Settings

These settings can be changed later by selecting the 'Edit settings' option for a resource or activity.

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

Warning when adding completion tracking to an existing activity

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.

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