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Activity Completion in Moodle

Activity Completion within a Moodle course allows both faculty and students to track progress through course content. Each activities and resource within the course can be set to track completion status.

There are three options for tracking progress:

  • None (Do not indicate activity completion): the current default setting
  • Student controlled (Students can manually mark the activity as completed): each item will have a check box the student can use to track their own progress
  • Automatic tracking based on progress (Show activity as completed when conditions are met): the faculty sets the criteria for completion

If the automatic tracking is used, there are several options for completion based on the resource or activity. For example, if automatic tracking is used on a discussion forum, activity completion might be satisfied once the student creates their initial post and replies to at least two other students.

If Activity Completion is used within the course, a nifty report is available for faculty to help track progress. This report displays the individual student and their progress checks for each activity and/or resource tracked.

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Activity Completion can also be paired up with Restrict Access to require certain work to be completed before releasing access to more information. For example, Restrict Access could be set to not reveal the next week’s lecture materials until a discussion forum has been completed (initial post with two replies). Until that requirement is satisfied, the lecture materials can be completely hidden or just grayed-out with the release requirements listed.

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Combining Activity Completion and Restrict Access can set a pace within class, preventing students from working too far ahead on course content. For more information on using Activity Completion or setting this up within your course, please contact Tammy Douglas, Director of Learning Technologies.

Restrict Access in Moodle

Using Restrict Access within your Moodle course can help pace a class. Activities, resources, and even whole topics/modules can use Restrict Access to control student access.

There are several criteria that can be used to restrict access, such as:

  • Release on date/time: individual materials or even whole topics can be set to release on a specific date and time. This option may be used alone or along with the ‘hide on date/time’ option.
  • Hide on date/time: individual materials or even whole topics can also be hidden again on another specific date/time.
  • Grade: Allow access to other materials based on a specific grade (or grade range) on an activity.
  • User field: Allow access to materials based on a wide variety of user information (if they have a Skype ID entered, access could be granted to a Skype chat).
  • Activity completion: if certain activities or resources are marked complete (by criteria you determine), access is granted.

In the image below, you can see the resources and activities are grayed-out indicating they will remain hidden until the listed criteria is fulfilled.

For example, the “Introduction and Objectives” is hidden until the student completes the two discussion forums in Week 1 (they must post once and reply twice). Also in this example, the grayed-out items will remain completely hidden so the student will not see any indication of the items or the criteria needed to reveal the items.

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Restrict Access can be a wonderful tool for automatically release each week’s topic within Moodle – you no longer need to remember to manually unhide resources or activities.

Try pairing Restrict Access up with Activity Completion to control pacing (or create a self-paced course) within Moodle. For more information on using Restrict Access or setting this up within your course, please contact Tammy Douglas, Director of Learning Technologies.

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