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Activities: Checklist

Maintained by Davo Davo Smith
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.
Moodle 2.0, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 2.6, 2.7, 2.8, 2.9

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 set Checklist.


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  • Davo
    Thu, Sep 24, 2015, 5:04 AM
    Tim, try out the new version on github ( ) which supports the new Moodle 2.7+ logging system for automatic check-off. I've been meaning to push it out to, but haven't done so yet as I was looking for a couple of sites willing to test it (I've already tested locally + run all automated tests, but would like to double-check).
  • Picture of Tim Martinez
    Thu, Sep 24, 2015, 5:12 AM
    Thanks for the quick response! That was actually the first thing I tried. I also tried forcing a cron run and going in and editing the settings hoping it would refresh. Still no joy.
  • Davo
    Thu, Sep 24, 2015, 5:24 AM
    Tim - if you've updated to the latest code then you may need to manually trigger a refresh of the checklist by editing the settings, turning 'auto update' off, saving, turning 'auto update' on and saving again. Cron is no longer used with the latest code and Moodle 2.7+ (updates all happen instantly via the events system).
  • Picture of Tim Martinez
    Thu, Sep 24, 2015, 5:29 AM
    I went into the settings and changed "Check-off when modules complete" to "No," saved and closed it and then went in and changed it back to "Yes, cannot override" and still no joy. I also verified that "Updates by" is set to "Student only"
  • Davo
    Thu, Sep 24, 2015, 5:46 AM
    Just to confirm - you said this was a forum activity - did the users post a reply to a forum or did they start a new discussion? The system, as I've currently written it, can only cope with a single event type for each activity. Unfortunately in forum events starting a new discussion is a different event from posting a reply, so my plugin only triggers of replies, not starting discussions.

    If that doesn't help, you could try enabling the 'debug_checklist_autoupdate' line in mod/checklist/autoupdate.php - but that will be less useful since dropping the use of cron (and will probably clutter up pages all over Moodle with debug info). If I have the time, I may look at a better 'behind the scenes' logging system, but that's probably not going to happen in the near future ...
  • Picture of Tim Martinez
    Thu, Sep 24, 2015, 5:49 AM
    That's the problem. I've let the teacher know. I'm trying to encourage her to turn on activity completion tracking. smile
  • Picture of Susanna Wesson
    Thu, Oct 1, 2015, 7:11 PM
    I agre with Paul Johnston's comments: this is a very useful, versatile plug-in. However, we are also experiencing problems with the latest version of the plug-in on Moodle 2.9. I use Checklist mainly to track Hot potatoes exercises, but they are not auto-updating as they used to, even though the HotPot report shows they are completed. As Paul said in ihs message, there seems to be no pattern: a small number of students' lists have updated, but not all. I tried unchecking and checking the usual setting 'can override' (although I must admit I'm not sure what 'Yes, cannot override' means).
    Should my Administrator do something to get things back to normal?
    Many thanks,
  • Davo
    Thu, Oct 1, 2015, 7:20 PM
    Hi Susanna - are you using 'completion' with the hotpot activities, or are you relying on the logged events to trigger the checklist update?

    Checking my code - in the latest code I've only got support for the core plugin types. I can easily add support for the hotpot module. I just need to know what event is triggered by the hotpot module when it is 'completed', so my plugin can look for it (I will try to look up for myself).

    The difference between 'Yes, can override' and 'Yes, cannot override' is pretty much what it says. With 'can override', the student can tick or untick the checklist item themselves, but it will be automatically ticked when they complete the activity associated with it. With 'cannot override', the checklist item can only be set by completing the activity - the student cannot override it themselves.
  • Picture of Susanna Wesson
    Thu, Oct 1, 2015, 7:41 PM
    I don't believe the Moodle 'completion' is activated so, yes, it's the Hotpot log that triggers completion. I don't have the skills to tell you what event that is: all I can do is send a screenshot of the Hotpot report where the activity is reported as 'completed'.
    The difference between overrides is now fully understood and is not a factor in this case. Thank you for the explanation.
  • Davo
    Sat, Oct 3, 2015, 3:42 AM
    Tim, Susanna,

    I've just pushed out a new version that should hopefully fix both of your issues.

    The hotpot module is now supported for automatic check-off (with completion disabled).
    The forum module is not marked as complete for both new discussions and new posts (replies), instead of just posts (replies).
  • Picture of Paul Powell
    Sun, Oct 4, 2015, 6:24 PM
    This is a great module that I am using with many of my courses - particularly with coursework to double check that it is all handed in.

    I'd like to suggest an enhancement that would enable an even broader use - rather than having just a yes or no tick box, could this easily be extended to support a RAG rating? No setting could log as 0 progress, Red as 0.1, Amber as 0.5 and Green as 1. This would enable using checklist to support PiXL style learning checklists.

    What do you think?
  • Davo
    Mon, Oct 5, 2015, 2:08 AM
    Hi Paul,

    There have been a number of suggestions around extending the teacher checklist scale to add extra options. Unfortunately, due to the way the code was written (many years ago), it would be quite a big job to disentangle the current 3-states (yes, no, not answered), to enable different options. I'm afraid it's probably more that I'm ever likely to do in my spare time, so I'm only likely to tackle such a change if it was funded.
  • Picture of Susanna Wesson
    Mon, Oct 5, 2015, 11:03 PM
    Many thanks for the quick update, which works fine except in a course where I have two groups. One group's activities have updated whereas there is no progress for any of the students in the other group. (There is only one list.) The list is set to 'student only' and the Hot Potatoes log shows that some activities have been completed. The activities were done before the update in both groups.
  • Picture of Susanna Wesson
    Wed, Oct 7, 2015, 3:34 AM
    Hi again,
    Re my previous message, I've found the explanation for the discrepancy in the updates. (Activity records disappeared during a Moodle server update.)
    Many thanks again for this valuable plug-in.
  • Davo
    Wed, Oct 7, 2015, 3:46 AM
    That's a relief, as I hadn't had time to look at your issue and I wasn't sure quite how I was going to solve it.
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