Moodle: Activity Completion

Access, retention, attainment and progression in and beyond education are all components of student success. Success in each of these areas depends on the extent to which students are engaged, and their belonging is fostered within their programme and wider institution, across the whole student lifecycle. (HEA, 2016)

Moodle offers a variety of options for enhancing student engagement & tracking progress, one of which is Activty Completion.

Activity Completion allows a tutor to set completion criteria in a specific activity’s settings. A check (tick) completion-manual-y.png appears against the activity when the student meets this criterion. The criterion might be viewing, receiving a certain score or a student marking it as complete.

  • If this feature is enabled, it is a helpful way for students to be able to track their progress in a course. The student has an easy to see checklist of what they have done so far.
  • It can also be linked to Course completion in order to allow both students and tutors to watch progress through a course. As each activity is checked off as ‘complete’, the student moves further towards final completion of the course.
  • It can also be linked to Restrict access in order to allow the tutor to set criteria upon which a student is allowed to progress through a course and access materials.

Tutors can view the ‘Activity Completion Report’ at any time to check the progress or engagement of students.

To enable Activity Completion in your Moodle course simply click on the cog at the top of your course > Edit Settings > Completion Tracking.

Then you can set Activity Completion criteria on each Resource or Activity as required.

Moodle 3.4 also brings about better activity completion management, including the ability to bulk edit and update activity completion settings in your courses:

You can visit Activity Completion on Moodle Docs to find out more!

Moodle also offers a variety of other options for enhancing student engagement & tracking progress, including Grades, Conditional Activities, Course Completion, Open Badges, and Course Reports – which of these have you used, and why? Let us know in the comments below…

Staff may want to consider how their engagement with student access, retention, attainment and progression in HE can offer an effective approach to areas of activity, enable deeper understanding of core knowledge, and demonstrate alignment with professional values. It is particularly relevant to the following dimensions: Activity: A1, A2 and A4 Knowledge: K2, K3 and K4 Values: V1, V2, V3 and V4. TEL encourages staff to evidence their engagement in this area in applying for HEA Fellowship in recognition of their commitment to professional practice.


Phil Vincent

Phil’s focus is to work across Faculties to support the implementation of the Academic Strategy, and in particular contribute to the effective development and implementation of technology enhanced learning.

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