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A checklist is a way to highlight important or required assignments, readings, or other items students need to complete. Each checklist contains one or more categories in which checklist items are grouped. For example, your checklist might include categories like Readings and Written Assignments with several assignments to complete in those categories.

Create a Checklist

  1. Select More in the course navigation bar.
  2. Select Checklist from the dropdown menu.
  3. On the Checklist page that opens, select New Checklist.
  4. Enter a name for the checklist.
  5. Enter a description for the checklist (optional).
  6. Select Save to save the changes and return to the Edit Checklist page.

Create a Category

  1. From the Edit Checklists page, select New Category under the Categories and Items heading. 
  2. Enter a name for the new category.
  3. Enter a description for the new category (optional).

    NOTE: Category descriptions are visible to students when they view a Checklist through the Checklist tool, but they are not visible when the Checklist is linked in your Content.

  4. Select Save to save the changes and return to the Edit Checklist page.

Create an Item

  1. Select New Item under the Categories and Items heading on the Edit Checklist page.
  2. Select a category for the checklist item you are adding (required):
    • To use an existing category, select it from the Category drop-down menu.
    • To add a new category, click New Category (see the previous section for information on creating new categories).
  3. Enter a name for your new checklist item.
  4. Enter a description for your new checklist item (optional).
  5. Select the Due Date checkbox to set a due date for the item(optional). 
  6. Select the Display in Calendar checkbox to make the item visible in the Calendar for students.
  7. Select Save when done creating items.

Editing Checklists

A checklist item or category can be either be edited individually, or multiple items or categories within a checklist can be edited at the same time.

Edit a Categories or Items Individually

  1. Select the name of a checklist to edit. 
  2. Edit Checklist page will open.
  3. Make the desired changes.
    • Edit the name and description directly in those fields.
    • Change a checklist category or item by selecting its name in the Categories/Items list.
    • Reorder the categories and items within a checklist by selecting Reorder.
    • Delete an item or category by selecting the checkbox next to it and selecting Delete.
  4. Select Save and Close when done making changes to the checklist.

Edit Multiple Checklist Items or Categories

The Edit Multiple Items tool allows names, categories, and due dates of multiple items in the checklist to be edited at the same time.

  1. Select the name of the checklist to edit. 
  2. Edit Checklist page will open.
  3. Select the checkboxes next to the items to be edited. 
  4. Select Edit 
  5. Edit Multiple Items page will open.
  6. Make changes to the selected items.
  7. Select Save and Close.

    NOTE: The Edit Multiple Items tool will only allow changes to be made to items, not categories. To edit a category’s properties, click on its name on the Edit Checklist page. To reorder categories within a checklist, click Reorder on the Edit Checklist page.