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 to ensure an activity or assignment is completed by a certain date, consider using the assignments tool and the calendar instead of 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.
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.
-OR-On the Control Panel, expand the Course Tools section and select Tasks.
If you want students to access the tasks tool often, you can add a link to the course menu for one-click access to the tool. You can customize the name of the link.
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.
Creating a Course Task (Flash movie | 1m 55s)