Activities: Checklist

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A checklist can be created by a teacher (or generated from the activities in a course) and then the students or teachers can check-off each item as they are completed.
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This is a Moodle activity module for Moodle 1.9 and Moodle 2.0+ that allows a teacher to create a checklist / todo list / task list for their students to work through. The teacher can monitor all the students' progress, as they tick off each of the items in the list. Items can be indented and marked as optional. Students are presented with a simple bar showing how far they have progressed through the required/optional items and can add their own, private, items to the list. 
Features include:

  • Choose whether students or teachers can check-off items
  • Students can add their own notes to their checklist
  • Dates can be added to items (and exported to the calendar)
  • Teachers can comment on an individual student's items
  • Progress is exported to the gradebook
  • Choice of colours for each checklist item
  • Heading items (without checkboxes)
  • (Optional) Import list of current course activities and automatically check-off as activities completed

There are two other plugins that further enhance this activity:

Video overview of this plugin:

The latest version (and the Moodle 1.9 version) can always be found here: (the version on will be updated from time to time)


This plugin is part of sets Checklist, MoodleCloud.


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  • Davo
    Tue, Apr 19, 2016, 3:32 AM
    Matt - not that I'm aware of. I don't think the gradebook has any functionality built in to it to exclude items related to activities that certain users cannot access (due to groups or other access restrictions).

    Maybe you could take a look on and see if there exists a feature request for that?

    An alternative might be to simply not include any checklist in the gradebook (do this by setting the grade to 0 in the checklist settings).
  • Picture of Ryan Bernstein
    Sat, May 14, 2016, 1:04 AM

    We're hoping to find a way to value the checklist in the gradebook as either a 0 value or a 1. The maximum value of the activity is 1 point, but Moodle seems to round up in the gradebook. For example, if there are 6 checklist items in the activity, and the student completes 4 of them, he gradebook will display a .67% for the grade item. We'd like it to be all or nothing. The student would have to check all 6 items to earn the point. Anything less than 6 is a 0.

    Thanks or any help you can provide.
  • Davo
    Sat, May 14, 2016, 1:49 AM
    Ryan - I think the closest you can get to this, without code changes, would be to use 2 checklists and activity completion. The first would work as it does now, but with the score set to 0. The second would import the activities from the course, but exclude everything except for the first checklist (the second checklist could be put in an orphaned course section to hide it from students). The second would have its score set to 1.

    Once the first checklist was complete the one and only item in the second checklist (i.e. the first checklist itself) would be marked as complete. So, the score for the second checklist would be either 0 or 1.

    Maybe a bit fiddly to implement, but possibly less confusing than adding another setting to the checklist module to cover this use case ...
  • Picture of Simon Bertoli
    Fri, Jul 8, 2016, 11:24 AM
    Hi Davo

    Is there a plan to bring this over to the mobile app?
  • Davo
    Fri, Jul 8, 2016, 2:34 PM
    Simon, I don't know anything about developing for the mobile app and probably don't have spare time to investigate. If someone wants to do the coding and send it to me, or pay for the development, then I'd be happy to add it.
  • Picture of Simon Bertoli
    Fri, Jul 8, 2016, 4:29 PM
    No problems Davo, ill look into it

  • Picture of Joseph Spilatore
    Wed, Jul 27, 2016, 10:36 PM
    Hello All, I am finally getting around to testing the checklist module and excited to implement for our users. has anyone experienced the issue of all site users being displayed in a checklist module within a course? I checked student and authentic user permissions. current moodle version 2.4 -checklist version 2014011500. Any guidance is greatly appreciated
  • Davo
    Wed, Jul 27, 2016, 10:41 PM
    Joseph. The checklist uses the standard 'get_users_by_capability' function to find all users with the given capability at the module level. If you are getting all users on the site then either all users are enrolled on the course, all users have a student role at the site level, or you have changed the 'authenticated user' role to give everyone the ability to update every checklist on the site.
  • Picture of Andreas Schenkel
    Tue, Nov 22, 2016, 10:09 PM
    I added a textfield in the moodle-course and configured "activity completion", so that the textfield has to be selfmarked when the user has finished this text-field.
    This text-field is not integraded in the checklist. Is this a bug or do I have to configure something?
  • Davo
    Tue, Nov 22, 2016, 10:11 PM
    I'm not quite sure what you mean by a 'textfield' is this a 'label' resource? If so, these are specifically excluded from the checklist, as they are expected to be just bits of information on a course, rather than an activity you can interact with an complete.
  • Picture of Andreas Schenkel
    Tue, Nov 22, 2016, 10:16 PM
    Just found the information about textfield (labels)
  • Davo
    Thu, Nov 24, 2016, 4:26 AM
    All automated tests passing in Moodle 3.2, with minor tweaks to a couple of behat tests.
  • Picture of Dinis Medeiros
    Thu, Nov 24, 2016, 7:40 AM
    Thanks for this. Is it possible to freeze the column (first left one ) of student name ( like excel does), so in large list you can always see the name of student, when you scroll?
  • Davo
    Thu, Nov 24, 2016, 3:21 PM
    Not without spending a few hours writing some JavaScript code to achieve this. Possible to do, but I'm unlikely to have the time to do it.
  • Picture of Dinis Medeiros
    Sat, Nov 26, 2016, 4:59 AM
    Thanks for your response.
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