Activity Completion: Student Must Post to Forum

These steps require that you have completion tracking enabled in your course.

A common activity in Moodle is to have students participate in a forum. You can set up Activity Completion to mark a forum as complete if the student completes a specified number of posts/discussions/replies.

NOTE: This will not check for a substantive post, but merely counts the number of posts, discussions, or replies that have been added with some content.

Locate and enter the Forum activity you want to require students make at least a set number of replies/discussions/posts to.

If Editing is turned on, click the Edit menu (three vertical dots) and click the Edit Settings option.


Click into the activity or resource and from the Secondary Navigation click the Settings link.

Expand the Activity completion section:

  • Set Completion Tracking to Show activity as complete when conditions are met
  • Ensure you have required the items you wish to include Posts/Discussions/Replies and set the number to the expected number of each.

NOTE: Posts/Discussions/Replies

  • Posts are all-encompassing and will count Discussions and Replies.
  • Discussions are a new thread of conversation. A topic (or question in Q & A forums) is set.
  • Replies are responses within an existing Discussion.
  • If you don’t have a due date set on your forum you can enable and set the Expect completed on date. This won’t prevent students from completing beyond that date but post a reminder to students on the Timeline and Calendar on the Dashboard.

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