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, 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.
  • Picture of Natalie Alves
    Thu, Aug 29, 2019, 10:08 PM
    Doesn't work with moodle 3.2 sad
  • Davo
    Thu, Aug 29, 2019, 11:13 PM
    Natalie - this plugin has worked with every version of Moodle since 1.9 - it certainly worked fine with Moodle 3.2, last time I checked (although there is always a possibility that I've changed something and accidentally broken compatibility with that version), so you'll have to be a bit more specific about the problem, in order for me to fix it.
  • Picture of Maria Trotta
    Tue, Sep 3, 2019, 7:19 PM
    Hello. Let me start of that this plugin is great! I really enjoy using it, but I am having a problem. For one of my checklists, the check boxes have now turned into images of squares. They are not clickable. The thing is only one of my checklists is doing this, all the others work fine. Does anyone know what I should do fix it?
  • Davo
    Tue, Sep 3, 2019, 8:49 PM
    Hi Maria, if you set the checklist to 'teacher only' then students are no longer able to check-off their items and the teacher's mark will be represented as an image of a box (either empty, or with a tick or cross, depending on what mark the teacher has added).
  • Fra Parlant
    Sat, Sep 14, 2019, 6:54 PM
    Do you know when this plugin will be available for the mobile?
    Most of the students use their phone to connect to the platform.
    Slight changes like "ticking a box" are really made for "on mobile experience" instead of browser / desktop connection.

    For now, here is what I get on mobile:
    Uh oh!

    Your organisation installed a plugin that is not yet supported.

    Contact the site administrator and tell them you want to use this activity with the Moodle Mobile App.

    You can stil use it using your device's web browser.
    [Open in browser]

    I have been in the admin mobile features section, but checklist doesn't appear in the module list (or have I missed it?)

    Thanks for your help.

  • Davo
    Sat, Sep 14, 2019, 7:21 PM
    Hi Francois,

    I've looked in the past at creating a mobile version of the checklist plugin. It should be possible, but it looks like it might well take a few days to complete. I don't have a couple of spare days of my own time to put into this, but if someone was able to pay for it, then I could certainly get it done during my usual working day.

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