Purpose of Checklists

Like your grocery list, a grading checklist contains a series of elements that are required components of an assessment. Checklists are best utilized when you can objectively observe the presence or absence of specific elements of the learner’s performance or product. It’s basically a series of yes / no, present / absent, complete / incomplete judgements.

Grading checklists can be used as an alternative to rubrics. There are different forms of grading checklists, and they can all be built right inside of Moodle.

It may helpful to think of all of the various assessment strategies as individual pieces of gear in your teaching backpack. Use the best tool to complete the task. Sometimes this might be a rubric, other times it might be a checklist.  

Types of Checklists


In the blog post below, Jessica O’Reilly discusses her experience with using grading checklists. She explains the main differences between grading checklists and rubrics, along with some of the benefits and drawbacks of using a checklist rather than a rubric.

Progressive Rating Scales

In the blog post below, Jessica O’Reilly discusses a progressive rating scale checklist format that describes the progressive actions that learners should take in order to achieve, for example, a passing grade, a “B” grade, or a perfect mark. It’s sometimes referred to as a good / better / best checklist.