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Setting up Completion Tracking in D2L Content

​Completion Tracking is a feature that allows students to monitor progress while completing a course. It also allows the instructor to monitor whether students are visiting topics in a course. Completion tracking can be set for individual topics or entire modules. See Class Progress for more information about using completion tracking to monitor student activity in the Content area.

For every module or topic, a completion type must be assigned:

  • Required: Automatic—Topics will be marked as complete when the student does something in D2L, like view a file or post to a discussion. (See the Completion Tracking Appendix below for a full breakdown of how this works for different types of content.)
  • Required: Manual—Students will see a checkbox next to the topic, which they must manually click to mark the item as complete.
  • Not Required—No completion tracking will be monitored.

Set Completion Tracking for an Individual Topic

  1. Select the two dashes for the individual topic [A]. 
  2. A list of completion tracking options will appear with a check next to the currently active option. The default is Not Required. Select a new completion type [B]. 
    setting completion tracking on item in content

Set Completion Tracking for the Entire Content Area or Module

  1. Select Table of Contents or a Module.
  2. Select the dropdown arrow [A] next to the title of the Module or Table of Contents.
  3. Select Set All Completion [B].
    set all comletion
  1. In the popup window, select a completion type [A].
  2. Select the Update [B] button. 
    set requirements from the pop-up window

Automatic Completion Tracking Appendix

This list indicates when an item is marked complete for different types of topics in Content when "Required: Automatic" is selected.

  • Uploaded files are marked complete when a student views them.
  • Documents created in D2L (i.e., HTML pages) are marked complete when a student views them.
  • Links are marked complete when a student views them.
  • Discussions are marked complete after a student first posts. If the discussion assignment requires students to post more than once, select manual completion tracking.
  • Submission folders are marked complete after one submission.
  • Quizzes are marked complete after one attempt is submitted.
  • Self-assessments are marked complete as soon as they are opened.
  • Surveys are marked complete when a student submits a response.


Use Intelligent Agent to set up emails in D2L that automatically alert the students who are not reviewing content or completing assignments​. View Intelligent Agents for more information.