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Track Student Progress with Course Completion and Activity Completion

Exciting new features for GauchoSpace are available through the Course and Activity Completion add-on. These new features allow instructors to set-up the course so that students are able to see their progress throughout a course.  The Course Completion add-on allows for two main types of completion indicators: Activity Completion and an overall Course Completion. The best way to use Course Completion is through the sum completion of activities, so, be sure to set up completion tracking in the settings of individual assignments after turning on Course Completion.

Setting up Course and Activity Completion

In order to set up these features, follow the steps below. Note: it is best to set-up Course Completion and Activity Completion before building your course site.  

Part 1 – Turn on the Completion Tracking in Course Settings

  1. Log in to GauchoSpace and enter your course site.
  2. In the Administration block, click Edit Settings.
  3. In the Completion Tracking area, for Enable completion tracking, click the drop down field and select Yes.
  4. Scroll to the bottom of the page and click Save changes.
  5. You will now notice a new setting in the Administration block, called Course Completion. This holds all of the settings for this add-on and the Activity Completion data, once you populate that area.

Part 2 – Add a Course completion tracking block to your course

After turning on the course completion add-on, a corresponding block can be added to the course to allow for easier access to the activity completion report for both the instructor and the student. Below are the instructions on how to turn this block on.

  1. Log in to GauchoSpace and enter your course site.
  2. Click Turn editing on.
  3. Scroll down to find the "Add a Block" block on the lower left side of the browser window.
  4. Click the Add... drop-down menu.
  5. Select the Course Completion Status block from the list.
  6. The new block will appear on your course page.

Note: The completion status in the block will only have features when conditions have been added and will match the settings selected for the course and for individual assignments. See the Course Completion block page for details about the settings.

Part 3 – Add Activity Completion settings to individual activities

One of the most useful parts of Course Completion is the ability to add Activity Completion to your course site. You have the ability to set up what is considered completed for any activities and resources you want to include in the settings. When turned on, your student will also see a check-box next to each included activity or resource. When the activity completion criteria has been met, the box will be checked. For each type of activity, there are settings for what is considered "completed." For ease of use for your students, it is recommended that you stay consistent with the settings for that particular type of activity. This will allow students to get a long-term sense of what is required in order to be marked complete. 

To add Course Completion to your activities:

  1. Log in to GauchoSpace and enter your course site.
  2. Click Turn editing on.
  3. Either Add a new activity or enter the settings of an already existing assignment*
  4. At the bottom of the activity's settings, expand the "Activity completion" section
  5. Add completion settings as desired depending on what you want to be considered "completed". See the Activity Completion Settings page for more details about completion criteria for activities.

*Note: If you make changes to an activity that already has completion settings, there is a chance that it could create technical difficulties for individual students. If there is the danger of this happening, the following message should appear: "This activity has already been marked as completed for 2 participant(s). Changing completion options will erase their completion state and may cause confusion. Thus the options have been locked and should not be unlocked unless absolutely necessary."

Part 4 – Edit Course Completion Settings

After the course completion add-on has been turned on, course completion settings can be adjusted to allow for specific conditions to be met before a student can progress to course completion. Below are the steps for adding these settings.

  1. Log in to GauchoSpace and enter your course site.
  2. In the Administration block, click Course Completion.
  3. Change the settings as desired.
  4. Visit our more detailed Course Completion Settings page for information on using these settings.




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