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, Nov 27, 2018, 5:00 PM
    Eric - all things that have been suggested before.

    As I spend my working day writing Moodle code, I don't often want to spend my evenings doing it as well. Realistically, the only way I will get around to adding new features is if it is paid work that I can do during my working day.

    I never like it to come down to money, but it is either that, or donating my free time to write these features (which I did in the first place to create the plugins and I still do in order to make sure they keep working with each Moodle release).
  • Picture of Florian Rowedder
    Mon, Feb 4, 2019, 11:32 PM
    it seems to me the behaviour of this plugin is not correct when "seperate groups" mode is selected: The students are not able to add new checklist items then. Is this a bug or am I doing it wrong?
  • Davo
    Mon, Feb 4, 2019, 11:36 PM
    Florian - I'm not sure what you mean.

    If you enable the option 'students can add their own items', then each student should be able to add their own private items to their own copy of the checklist (underneath existing items). These won't show up for any other users and are unaffected by any of the group settings.

    The group settings on the checklist affect the progress reporting page - if set to 'no groups', then all students are shown, if set to 'separate groups' then only students from groups the teacher is part of can be seen (unless the teacher has 'access all groups'), if set to 'visible groups' then a teacher may see the progress for students in all groups.
  • Picture of Leonie Lawson
    Tue, Mar 12, 2019, 7:36 PM
    Hello Davo
    Hopefully this hasn't been asked before. I can't seem to find a similar query. I've uploaded a checklist manually using the cvs file. Some of the items are labels which link to external resources. When a student manually ticks the checkbox next to the label on the main course page, this isn't flowing through to the checklist. Is there a way to make this work? The current settings on my checklist include Check-off when modules complete - "Yes, can override". TIA
  • Davo
    Tue, Mar 12, 2019, 8:05 PM
    Hi Leonie,

    When you manually create items like that and include links to other activities, then as far as the checklist is concerned, that link could be to any arbitrary place on the internet, so it has no way of determining (without a lot of guesswork, that I haven't programmed into it), how to automatically mark the item as complete.

    If you are working with activities on the same course as the checklist, then you can use the setting that imports activities from the current course (or section). If you do that, then the links generated know exactly what activity they are working with and can automatically update when that activity is marked as complete.
  • Picture of Leonie Lawson
    Tue, Mar 12, 2019, 8:16 PM
    Thanks for your quick response Davo. For the purpose of this checklist, I do not wish for items to be automatically updated, but rather the user manually tick the checkbox next to the item on the main course page and for this to flow through to the checklist. Is there a way to do this?
  • Davo
    Tue, Mar 12, 2019, 8:21 PM
    If you want the items to be automatically updated at the point when the linked activity is completed, then you need to follow the steps I outlined in my previous message.

    Whether that activity, itself, was marked as complete by manually ticking the box or automatically by rules, does not make any difference to the checklist update.
  • Picture of Alaa Saeed
    Sun, Mar 31, 2019, 5:23 PM
    is there any way to have search bar here, coz we have hundreds students, and is not easy to find them without search.
  • Davo
    Sun, Mar 31, 2019, 8:36 PM
    Alaa, yes it should be fairly easy to add a search bar. I am not generally adding new features to this plugin, mostly I am just fixing compatibility issues during upgrades. I would be happy to review a well-written patch for this feature or discuss a quote to undertake the work.
  • Picture of Shirley Gregorczyk
    Tue, Apr 16, 2019, 9:22 PM
    Hello, I just watched your Demo and your second scenario for Teacher only marking is close to what I need, I need the Teacher role to check-off, comment and grade each item within a checklist. We use checklists to do observational assessments of a student's skill level and each item is graded. The accumulated score for the checklist would be a gradebook activity.
    Does you plugin provide the ability to grade/rate a student within the checklist?
  • Davo
    Tue, Apr 16, 2019, 9:29 PM
    Shirley - the gradebook can be updated by the checklist, but it only gets a % of the items checked-off. There is no way (at the moment), to give a grade for each item (to then aggregate it as the final grade). Ultimately that is a feature that could be added, but would require development time. As an aside - feel free to catch me at the Moodle Moot, before the end of tomorrow smile
  • Picture of Mahesh Kumar
    Tue, Jun 18, 2019, 6:59 PM
    Hello Davo,
    I am not sure but this may be a feature request, when a teacher marks the checklist for a student as "No" - is it possible that the check is automatically removed from the student's end [so that the student does not have to uncheck and check again]
  • Davo
    Tue, Jun 18, 2019, 7:08 PM
    Hi Manesh - you don't need to send me a private message, as well as posting on here, I will get the message either way.

    This is not a feature that the Moodle plugin supports directly. It would be possible to change the code and add a setting to control this (because I could imagine many situations in which automatically unchecking the student's checkbox would not be wanted).

    It probably isn't a big job to do (just a few lines of code), but I'm unlikely to have any spare evenings to do this in the near future (if this is something you have a budget for, then I could possibly undertake it during my day job at Moodle Partner Synergy Learning).

  • Picture of Yong Ra
    Tue, Aug 20, 2019, 4:30 AM
    I was updating the checklist block and system was asking for new version of checklist mod. The still had the older version of checklist mod and I had to get it from the github site. When will the will have the latest version of checklist mod?

    Thank you.
  • Davo
    Tue, Aug 20, 2019, 4:37 AM
    Thanks for letting me know - I thought I'd already published the relevant version of mod_checklist, but clearly not. It's there now.
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