This article shows students how completion tracking appears, when activities, such as assignment, quizzes, and forums, are marked. The purpose of activity completion tracking is to remind students which items they have completed or not.
Activity Completion Tracking
Activity completion tracking is a feature that instructors have to opt in to using; thus, students will not see this feature in every course page. For instructors, please click here to learn how to set this up.
There are two main ways that instructors set the completion tracking: (1) Auto-marking (by meeting certain conditions); and (2) Manual marking (students check off on their own).
If this feature is enabled whether through auto-marking or manual marking, a checkbox next to the activity name on the course page indicates will appear when the activity is "complete."
When the instructor sets the activity completion as "auto-marking," there are conditions that the student has to meet in order for the activity to be checked off. These conditions are set by the instructor prior when creating the activity, and the conditions could be: (1) student viewing the activity; (2) student receiving a grade; and/or (3) student submission.
The instructor can have either one/two conditions or multiple/all conditions set to have this activity automatically marked as "complete." If all conditions are set, the activity will only be considered 'complete' when ALL conditions are met. Instructors would not be able to see the individual check marks of the students. As mentioned earlier, this feature is mostly for students to track their activity completion.
Student view: As you can see below, the checkbox is a dotted line, which indicates that the instructor has set this activity to be auto-marking:
Once the activity is "complete" (based on meeting the conditions set), the box is checked off, as shown below:
Unlike assignments or quizzes, which mainly have three conditions, instructors have more options to choose when setting the conditions for a forum. For instance, the activity can be set to "complete" if a student posts twice. If the instructor specifically wants the students to post 1 discussion and 1 reply to a student's post, then they can check both off the "Require discussions" and "Require replies."
In contrast to auto-marking when conditions are met, instructors can set this to be students manually marking the activity when they deem it complete.
Student view: As you can see below, the checkbox is not a dotted line, which indicates that the instructor has set this activity to be manual-marking:
Once the student deems the activity is "complete," he/she can check off the box manually by clicking on it, as shown below:
Note: If the instructor does not turn on the activity completion (the default setting in Activity Completion "Do not indicate activity completion"), students will not see a box next to the activity, as shown below:
Completion Progress Block
This is another feature students can utilize to assist them in tracking their overall progress in the course. Similar to the Activity Completion Tracking feature, instructors have to add this block on the course page to enable students to use this feature. Please click here (Part 4 of the article) for instructions.
If this Completion Progress block is made available to students, it would appear typically on the right side of the course page.
Here, students can place their mouse over the bars to see which activities they have yet to complete (shown in blue).
The ones in green are the ones students have "completed" (based on the instructors' set condition or manual marking).
The one in red does not indicate that it is "past due" (as other activities may have been passed the deadline as well).
This means that the instructor has set this with a condition "Expect completed on" date. If this condition is set by the instructor when creating this activity (under "Edit settings" > "Activity Completion"), and if the student had passed the "expected completion date," then it would appear as red, as shown in the image above.
Students can get to the activities from this completion progress block, by placing the mouse over the colored bar and clicking on the activity.