Helping Students Complete Work Using Checklists

A checklist contains important or required assignments, readings, or other items to complete. Each checklist contains one or more categories, into which checklist items are organized. You must have checklist items for the checklist to show as completed on the content page.

Making a Checklist

  1. In the navbar, go to Course Management> Course Admin.
    Identifies Course Admin in Course Management menu
  2. Under the Assessments category, click Checklists.
    Identifies Checklist on the Course Admin menu.
  3. On the Checklists page, click the New Checklist button.
    Identifies New Checklist button.
  4. On the New Checklist page, enter the name of the new checklist in the Name field.
  5. You can enter an optional Description.
  6. Select Open this Checklist in a New Window When Viewed if you want the checklist to open in a new window when students access it. By default, checklists open in the current window.
  7. Click Save to save the new checklist. This brings you to the Edit Checklist page.

Making a Checklist Category

Every checklist must have at least one category. A category is a container for the actual list items.

  1. On the Checklists page, click on the checklist you want to add a category to.
  2. On the Edit Checklist page, click New Category.
    Identifies the New Category button.
  3. On the New Category page, enter a Name.
  4. You can enter an optional Description for the new category.
  5. Click Save to save the new category or Save and New to save it and create another one.

Creating a Checklist Item

  1. On the Checklists page, click on the checklist you want to add an item to.
  2. On the Edit Checklist page, click New Item.
    Identifies the New Item button.
  3. On the New Item page, do one of the following:
    • Select a category for the item in the Category drop-down list.
    • Click the New Category link to add a new category. In the New Category pop-up, enter a Name and optional Description for the new category and click Save.
      NOTE: Each item you create must belong to a category.
  4. Enter a Name for the new item. A description is optional.
  5. Set a due date by selecting the Due Date check box and selecting the appropriate date and time from the drop-down lists.
  6. Select Display in Calendar to make the item visible in the calendar for students.
  7. Click Save to save the new item or Save and New to save it and create another one.

Adding a Checklist to a Module

For students to be able to view a checklist, the checklist must be added to a module or submodule. 

  1. Within the course, navigate to the module where the checklist is to be located.
  2. Click Add Existing Activities then choose Checklist.
    Identifies Checklist on the Add Existing Activities menu.
  3. In the menu that appears, choose an already created checklist, or click the Create New Checklist button.
    Identifies Add Checklist options.
    • If choosing Create New Checklist, enter the name for the new checklist then click Create and Insert.
    • You will need to follow the steps for Making a Checklist Category and Creating a Checklist Item to finish creating the checklist you created.
  4. The checklist will be added to the module.