I have seen discussion on course completion elsewhere (http://moodle.org/mod/forum/discuss.php?d=69223
) and am again raking it here because those discussion threads had become too long and this one here is too short and has exactly the subject I wanted - 'Course Completion'.
Till Moodle 1.8.3, we have been dealing with requests of clients for course completion using Chardelle's Certificate Module which has matured rather well with time.
However, this might change with Moodle 1.9 and the new gradebook soon and it appears from the discussions and the moodle docs
that the various activity modules will be able to post in the gradebook data indicating passing marks. Also an activity will be able to post multiple grades into the gradebook ( http://moodle.org/mod/forum/discuss.php?d=82348
Martin D is of the view that Course Completion will only be available in Moodle 2.0 (http://moodle.org/mod/forum/discuss.php?d=78074
) which is a long time off. I think in the meantime, we can consolidate our view about what we mean and want from course completion. My own thoughts are as under:
1. The completion would make some of the activities
compulsory, which might be individually checked for a minimum grade;
2. The course completion grade might not be a simple sum of the compulsory graded activities but any calculation of the grades, outcomes or in case of resources, views.
3. One Moodle course could offer multiple course completions, like short course, full course etc. (at least two come to the mind rapidly)
4. The certificate module can then become simpler and only present these completion(s) as a PDF document.