This applies to Moodle 3.6 from July 2019 onward

This page shows you how to use conditional activities and completion tracking, which can be used for a variety of purposes, from monitoring completion of the whole course, to making one activity or resource conditional upon the students having accessed another previously, to allow students to track their self-study.

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:

For a resource:

For an activity:

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

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:

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:

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

You can:

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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