The Usefulness of Checklists

Checklists in a course can be very useful in organizations for both the instructor and the student.  Checklists provide a list of items that students can check off to ensure they completed certain steps of a task, instructions or even assignments.  You can have multiple checklists in your course.  An example of this is you could have a checklist for items student need to complete each week.

As the instructor, you can link an assignment to an item in the checklist.  This may look like the following:


In this example, the student will access the checklist and then see the first item they need to do is read “A Brief History”.  The student will then click the link to this reading instead have to search for it.  When the student is finished with the reading, they will check the item in the checklist and move on to the next item.

To associate an item with a checklist such as an assignment do the following (once you have the checklist created):

  • From your D2L course homepage, click on “Materials” > “Checklists”
  • Click on your checklist
  • Click on “New Category”
  • Enter a name for the category
  • Enter a description for the category
  • Click the “Save” button
  • Click the “New Item” button
  • Enter a name for the Item

In the “Description”, use the “Insert Quicklink” icon to link to the item:


You can also add a due date by clicking the “Due Date” checkbox and entering a date and time that you would like this task to be completed by.  This can be a way to keep students progressing in your course.

You can display this in the course calendar on the course homepage by checking the “Display in Calendar” checkbox

Click the “Save and Close” button.

For more Information on how to create checklist, please visit our Faculty Resources page at:

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