Course completion

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Note: You are currently viewing documentation for Moodle 1.9. Up-to-date documentation for the latest stable version is available here: Course completion.

Moodle 2.0

Course completion is a new feature in Moodle 2.0 onwards that allows for a course to be officially marked as finished, either manually or automatically according to specified criteria.

This can be used in another course as an added criterion for completion. For example: when course "A" is a prerequisite for course "B" - the student cannot complete course "B" until you have completed course "A".

To enable course completion, first ensure that

  1. in Site Administration > Advanced features > Courses > Course default settings, completion tracking is checked
  2. in the settings of your course, ensure that completion tracking is enabled and that the box "completion tracking begins on enrolment" is checked

This results in a completion tracking settings link in the course settings.

Manual Course Completion by the student

Self completion block
To allow a student to decide for themselves when they have completed a course, there are two requirements:

The student may then click the "complete course link" in the block.

They are then asked to confirm they have completed the course and the course status will change to "complete" after the next cron job- explanatory screenshot here:


Manual Course Completion by the teacher

In order for a teacher (or non editing teacher, Manager or other role) to mark a course as complete, the appropriate box in the Manual Completion by.. section must be checked in the completion tracking settings link The teacher then accesses the Course completion status block and checks the names of the students who are deemed to have completed the course. After the next cron job the course will be marked complete -see screenshot: Coursecompletion.png

Course Completion based on specified criteria

It is possible to have a course marked as complete dependent on a combination of specified criteria such as activities completed, grade achieved or length of time spent in the course. This is decided in the overall criteria type aggregation

The settings for automatic course completion are described in more detail in Course_completion_tracking_settings and these include:

  • activities completed
  • date
  • duration after enrolment
  • grade
  • unenrolment

Viewing Course Completion

To view course completion you must enable the Course completion status block.

In order for a course to be marked complete the conditions must be met. Once the cron.php script is run again any enrolled student who has completed the conditions for completion will be marked complete for the course.

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