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Common Module Settings, Restrict Access and Activity Completion

This Moodle book describes a range of settings that can be applied to resources and activities.

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Common Module Settings

Common Module Settings is where visibility can be set for the activity/ resource.

The Visible setting is linked to the show/hide eye icon on the site main page and is used to set the visibility of an activity or resource.

Options are:

  • Show - Visible to students
  • Hidden - Not visible to students and,
  • Available but not shown on site page - With this option the item will not display on the site page, but you can link to it and students will be able to access it via the link.

Common module settings

ID number provides an option for a number to be assigned to an activity to identify it for grade calculation purposes. However, there are simpler ways of achieving this in gradebook set-up.

Group Mode and Grouping allows the activity to be restricted to separate or visible groups (using the Group mode drop down menu) and to a Grouping. Once these are chosen, click the Add group/ grouping access restriction button to add this automatically. See Groups and Groupings for more information.

Common module settings- groups

Restrict access is usually set as well when using groups. The eye is used to control what is displayed to students if the restriction criteria is not met. If the eye is open, the activity will display greyed out with the restriction information displaying underneath. If the eye is closed, the activity will be hidden completely from students.

Restrict access grouping

Coordinator view with eye open:

Restrict access UC view

Student view with eye open:

Activity restriction (groups)

Coordinator view with eye closed:

UC view eye closed

With the eye closed nothing displays on the student page.

Note: When using groups, group mode and restrictions are usually required to be set.

Restrict Access

Restrict access allows an activity or resource to be released at a particular time or as a result of specific student actions/ achievements.

To add a restriction, click on the Add restriction button in the activity/ resource settings.

add restriction

Choose the restriction required from the list, or choose Restriction set to apply multiple restrictions.

restrict access options

Badge sets a restriction based on achievement of a badge via another activity or resource. For example, students may be restricted from accessing lab resources until after completion of a lab safety exercise for which they receive a Lab Safety badge. Badges carry across units and Schools. If credentialing is set up using badges, please name them wisely as all UNE created badges will appear in the menu options for this restriction.

Activity completion links the activity/ resource to completion of another task. This could be reading an article or passing a quiz. The restriction can also be set for non completion by choosing 'must not' from the initial drop down menu. To set this up, simply choose the activity that the restriction is based on (the drop down menu here will include all items currently in the unit), then the requirement ie 'must be marked complete'; 'must not be marked complete'; 'must be complete with pass grade'; or 'must be complete with fail grade'. 

Restrict access

Note: The open eye in front of the restriction refers to the visibility of the conditional information. If the eye remains open, the activity / resource and the condition will display in a greyed out font (as below). If the eye is closed, the activity/ resource will be hidden completely from students.

restrict access page display

Date sets a date and time that the activity/ resource will be available from or until.

Be careful how you use this option - setting a date restriction on graded activities will hide the activity and grades from students following the end date. Setting these dates may also impact students who retain access to the unit following the completion of Trimester. You can use this setting to assign a start date with no end date restriction. 

restrict access date

Grade sets an activity / resource to display on achievement of grades above and/or below a percentage. This restriction can only be assigned to graded items.

restrict access grade

Group and Groupings allows you to restrict the activity/ resource to specific groups or groupings. These must be set up for your site in order to appear in the drop down menu as an option. See previous section for information on restricting groups and groupings access in activities. 

Academic Integrity restricts the activity/ resource to those students who have completed the Academic Integrity Module.

User profile restricts availability of an activity / resource based on student completion of specific fields in his/ her Moodle Profile, while Restriction set allows for nested combinations of restrictions.

If more than one restriction is required and selected, an option to choose 'all' or 'any' will appear in relation to the restrictions applied.

multiple restrictions

restrict access optional

Note: Completion tracking must be set to yes for students to be able to mark tasks complete - this setting is in 'Edit settings' in the Administration block on the unit home page.

Video tutorial

Activity Completion

Activity completion allows students to check off activities or resources manually (which is useful for self-monitoring) or it can be set to require students to view a resource or complete a task. The options vary between different resource/ activity types.

Note: This setting will only appear if Activity completion has been enabled for your unit site (Administration > Site administration > Edit Site Settings > Completion tracking > Enable completion tracking > Yes).

To set up activity completion for a resource/ activity, choose from 'Do not indicate activity completion' 'Students can manually mark the activity as completed' or 'Show activity as complete when conditions are met'. If manual completion tracking is selected, students will see a check box next to the activity/ resource on the site home page:

manual completion

If 'Show activity as complete when conditions are met' is selected, one or more of a range of conditions can be chosen. 

Activity completion

An expected date for completion can also be set (this date is not shown to students and is only displayed in the activity completion report), however we have found that this can cause problems such as preventing students from certain actions after the set date, so this setting is not recommended at UNE.

Note: The options for activity completion vary depending on the resource/ activity ie activity completion for a forum can include a requirement to post discussions and / or replies; assignments include a submission option; lessons include options for time on task or completion to end of lesson).

See the Activity Completion page in the Reports book for an explanation of the reporting available once activity completion is enabled and set up.