Students love Checklists! If you build it, they will come. A checklist is a way to highlight important or required assignments, readings, discussions, quizzes, or other items for the students to complete. The to-do list allows students to check off items when they are complete.
I add a checklist to each Module and put it under the Due module. Each item in the checklist includes the link to the assignment, discussion, or quiz, along with the due date. Students have expressed how this has made keeping track of things so easy. One student said they wished that all instructors would use them.
Setting up the Checklist can be a little tricky, but once they are in place, it is just a matter of following the formula. Then you can copy and paste, which makes it super simple and fast.