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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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  • Picture of Manuel Uberti
    Thu, Dec 11, 2014, 6:13 AM
    I'm running moodle 2.6.6. Got the latest version (2014080601). Whenever I click on Checklist in one of my courses I get "Internal Server Error"
  • Davo
    Thu, Dec 11, 2014, 6:18 AM
    Manuel - is that every checklist in every course, or just one checklist in one particular course?

    If you turn on debugging ( ) do you get any more useful information, either on screen or in the server logs?
  • Picture of Manuel Uberti
    Thu, Dec 11, 2014, 4:59 PM
    Thanks Davo,
    The error is happening regardless of the course I'm into.
    I turned the Debuggin on. Error message is the same and the log shows nothing. (website is hosted by Aruba)
  • Davo
    Tue, Dec 16, 2014, 5:09 AM
    Manuel - I'm really not sure what I can do to help you. I've just tested the latest version of the checklist against the latest Moodle 2.6 code and it appears to be running without any problems (I've got debugging at maximum and I'm not getting any warnings or error messages).

    I would suggest you visit the 'Site administration > Notifications' page, just in case there are any pending upgrades and also try 'Site administration > Development > Purge all caches', to make sure there isn't any stale data causing a problem on your site. If that doesn't succeed, I would suggest finding a developer who is able to look specifically at the problem on your site (unless you are able to work out some detailed instructions for how I can reproduce the problem on my local computer).
  • Picture of Ralf Brauckhoff
    Fri, Feb 27, 2015, 4:51 AM
    is there a way to make the checklist in different languages with span lang="de" class="multilang" deutsch span lang="en" class="multilang" english?
    Thanks for your wonderful work. Ralf
  • Davo
    Mon, Mar 2, 2015, 4:31 AM
    Ralf, I don't know. It's not something I've ever tried.

    I take it from your comment that you've tried it and it is not working?
    Does it strip out the tags completely, or are they still present, but not processed correctly?
    Are they present in the database or do they only go wrong when output to the user?

  • Picture of Ralf Brauckhoff
    Mon, Mar 2, 2015, 7:19 AM
    Thanks for the answer. The tags are not strip out. They are there, and you can see them in the frontend exactly the way I put it in the html editor. Thanks again, Ralf
  • Davo
    Mon, Mar 2, 2015, 4:15 PM
    Ralf, please test the latest version on github - - that should now be fixed.
  • Picture of Ralf Brauckhoff
    Tue, Mar 3, 2015, 12:21 AM
    Thanks for the quick response. The course modules are perfect now. But when I go to edit the checklist and want to add my own checklist elements, the tags are striped completely. Also the name of the checklist can not be translated. Here are the tags also deleted. Thanks again!
  • Picture of moe tsao
    Tue, Mar 10, 2015, 2:50 PM
    Found one issue..
    When a checklist was set to complete on condition, and when the completion percentage was not set, the checklist does not complete when all checkbox was checked.



    Duh. That of course was expected behavior.. That is not the issue I am talking about.

    The issue goes after this. Our teacher did not know the module well enough, so they went into the setting page to save it again to trigger the completion check. The first save works as expected, get the student who checked all required box a nice completion mark on the course page.

    However, on the second checklist setting save, it gave all enrolled student completion check. Does not care if they have checklist completed or not.

    So the checklist_check table is still empty, but the course_module_completion table was somehow all filled up, after the user saved setting in the <>/course/modedit.php?update=cmid for the second time.

    This happens with completion triggered by both the cron or the core competionlib.php hack. All enrolled students got the same completion timestamp.

    I know this seems such a corner case.. It happened with 2014070600 version on moodle 2.8.2 if it helps.

  • Picture of Wissam Nahas
    Mon, Mar 16, 2015, 10:17 PM
    Thank you Davo for this great activity! Is there any chance to make it work on 2.8?
  • Davo
    Mon, Mar 16, 2015, 10:19 PM
    Wissam - in what way does it not currently work in Moodle 2.8?
  • Picture of Wissam Nahas
    Tue, Mar 17, 2015, 3:41 PM
    Hi Davo, No I didn't try it yet with 2.8 but according to what is written under your latest release (Moodle 2.0, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 2.6, 2.7), 2.8 is not mentioned. We are planning to add it to our Moodle but also we are planning to upgrade to 2.8 soon. So I wanted to ask you directly to make sure it wont be a problem with 2.8.
    Thank you for your efforts and time.
  • Davo
    Tue, Mar 17, 2015, 5:56 PM
    I know of no major incompatibilities with Moodle 2.8, other than the automatic tick-off via log entries (which has not been converted to work with M2.7+ logging) - all other features (including tick-off via completion) should work.

    There is a version tested with M2.8 on git hub, which I'll now add here as well.
  • Picture of Wissam Nahas
    Tue, Mar 17, 2015, 10:27 PM
    Thank you Davo!
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