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You can use the tasks tool to organize projects or activities—referred to as tasks—by defining task priority and tracking task status. As an instructor, you add tasks to your course. You can allow students to manage their tasks using the My Tasks module or from a tool link in your course. To learn more about adding the My Tasks module to a course, see How to Create a Module Page.

If you want an activity or assignment completed by a certain date, consider using the assignments tool and the calendar instead of creating a task.

You can create tasks and post them to the course Tasks page. Each user can post personal tasks to their own task pages. Task information is arranged in columns that display the priority, task name, status, and due date.

Tasks are also available as a course group tool for tasks that are specific to a smaller group within your course.

The To Do notification module that appears in a course displays course relevant information only. To learn more, see About the Notifications Dashboard.

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View Tasks

By default, tasks are listed from highest priority to lowest and not by date. To view tasks listed by due date, click the Due Date heading. Use the status columns to view how many students have reported their progress or completed a task.

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How to Create, Edit, or Delete a Course Task

  1. On the course menu, click Tools. On the Tools page, click Tasks.


    On the Control Panel, expand the Course Tools section and click Tasks.
  2. On the Tasks page, click Create Course Task on the action bar.
  3. On the Create Course Task page, type a name and description.
  4. Type a Due Date.
  5. Assign a priority of Low, Normal, or High.
  6. Click Submit.
  7. The task appears on the Tasks page. Access the task's contextual menu to edit or delete the task.

How to View Task Progress

  1. Access the Tasks page.
  2. Click a task title to access the View Task page. The View Task page displays all students' progress for that task.

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How to Add a Tasks Link to the Course Menu

You can add a link to the course menu for one-click access to the tasks tool. You can also customize the name of the link.

  1. Change Edit Mode to ON and point to the plus sign above the course menu. The Add Menu Item drop-down list appears.
  2. Click Tool Link.
  3. Type a Name for the link.
  4. From the Type drop-down list, click Tasks.
  5. Select the Available to Users check box.
  6. Click Submit.

The new tool link appears last in the course menu list. Press and drag the arrows icon to move the link into a new position. Access the link's contextual menu to rename, delete, or hide the link from students.

video  Creating a Course Task (Flash movie | 1m 55s)