The Checklist in HFCOnline

I have experimented with the checklist this semester in HFCOnline. With the checklist you can make a list of assignments, link to the assignments or ancillary material, and add recommended due dates. As students complete them they can manually check them off. Some things can be automatically checked off. Checklists create a graded item, but I did not want to award points for them so I just do not have them in a credit category. I also could go hide them in the student gradebook. You can add the due dates you assign to the course calendar if your students are trained to look there. (See the setting below.)

A list of the settings for a checklist including "Add due dates to calendar" with a Yes or No toggle.

Checklists appear at the end of a section with other “Add an activity or resource material.” I always drag them to the top of that list to make them easy to find. I also try to keep the section description brief when using checklists to students can

I recorded a brief video showing what one of my checklists looks like and my reflections on using them at the quarter point of the semester.

Here are the directions D. Smith uses. These directions automate part of the creation process.


Where Did the Session Summaries Go?

We are using our CTEI Mentoring Moodle shell whenever we have session summaries. This keeps the material on an internal to HFC server and allows us to easily password protect things. This can be important when we have an external speaker willing to allow us to record, but not willing to let us post publically.

We have some other information there as well. Please join me on a 90 second tour of the most popular features.

Adding Quizzes (Exams or Homework too!) Into HFC Online

Thanks to Linda Brandt for the step-by-step instructions.

How to add a new exam into your course section in Moodle

Before we start:

Note that the word Quiz is used in Moodle, not the word Exam.

Also note that when you open your course section, you see a list of “Sections” I have changed that word Section to the word Unit in all of my courses to not mix up for example BIO 150 section 02 with a particular Section/Unit of the course.

You can write Multiple Choice, True / False, short answer, essay etc.

Create the Quiz:

Open the a section of your course that will have the quiz/exam i.e. BIO 150 – 01

Turn Edit on

Click Course Management

Click Question Category

Add Category will appear

Name the Category with a name that will make sense to you

Ignore Parent Category and ID Number

Click Add Category

That’s it for that part – there is no Save to click

Next write questions:

Go back to the course section and select Course Management again

Select Question Bank

Select the Category that you made in the process above

Click Create a New Question

Choose the type of question

Click Add

Name the question (can be one word or more or a number)

Write the question and the answer(s)

Click Create a New Question until you have all you want

Click one of the Save options

Now move the quiz into a section of your course:

Return to the section of your course. i.e BIO 150 – 01

You will need to click on the Section/Unit where you want the quiz to appear so that the words “Add an activity or resource” appear.

Click Edit and then Edit Section

Give the Section / Unit a name, like Exams (To name the Section/Unit you must click the box next to the word “Custom”)

Click Save Changes

Click Add Activity or Resource

Select the radio button next to Quiz

Click Add

Give the Quiz a name, like Exam #2

Click Save and Return to Course

Click on the Quiz – in our example Exam #2

Select the gear shift thing on the right – kind of looks like *

Select Edit Quiz

On the middle right, click Add

On the right, click From Question Bank (You can select New Question if you want to add one that you haven’t already created)

Pick the Question Category that you formed earlier – in our example Exam #2

Select the questions you want to include

Click Add Selected Questions These will be the ones you want to include in your quiz / exam

Assign the values for each question at the right

Assign the Max Grade. That will be how many points total the student can earn.

Click Shuffle if you want the questions and/or the choices in Multiple Choice shuffled.

Click Save

Make the Exam Available to Students:

Return to the Section / Unit of the course where you put the quiz

Click Edit (It’s to the right of the quiz name) and then Edit Settings

Go to Timing and set the open, close, etc. time.

Choose whatever other specifications you’d like in addition to Timing.

Click Save and return or Save and display

You can now try out the quiz


Good luck!


This is a continuation of what it seems now is sort of a blog on how I am setting up for remote teaching. I hope some find it useful. Here is the first post in the series. Here is the second.

I show how to add a forum to my course. You can add forums within a section instead of at the top of the course like I did here. I also discovered by accident today how easy it is to drag things between sections in HFCOnline. At least I’m learning. Hopefully my student will be, too!