How To: Attendance

Configuring Attendance on
Adding Attendance Activity

Step 1: On your course page, click Turn editing on (top right). Editing icons and links will appear.

Step 2: In the Section where you want to add the attendance activity (the top section of the course page is recommended as a convenient location), click + Add an activity or resource. The Activity chooser will open.

Step 3: In the Activity chooser, select Attendance and click Add. The Adding a new Attendance screen will open.

Step 5: Use the Grade drop-down menu to set the maximum points the attendance activity will be worth in the gradebook. The default value is 100. (Be sure to choose no grade if you are not grading it.)

Step 7: Click Save and return to course.

Adding Attendance Sessions

The Attendance activity tracks student attendance for each session (i.e., lecture, lab, or discussion section meeting). These sessions can be added in a single bulk action. Until you add them, there are no Sessions in which to record attendance.

Step 1: On your course page, click the link to the attendance activity (not the Update icon). The activity will open.

Step 2: Click the Add tab (at top). The Add session screen will open.

Step 3: To add repeating class meetings in one operation, check Create multiple sessions:
- For Session Date, select the day and time of the first class meeting of the semester.
- For Duration, select the length of class meetings in hours and minutes.
- For Session end date select the last day the class meets.
- In the Session Days checkboxes, check all days when the class meets each week (e.g. Tues. & Thurs.).
- For Frequency, leave this setting at 1 week, meaning that your class meets every week. (2 weeks, would be every other week.)

Step 4: Optional: Enter a Description. This is useful if you have separate lecture and lab or discussion meetings.

Step 5: Click Add session at the bottom of the screen. You will see a message that the sessions have been created successfully, and you will be returned to the Add session page.

Step 6: To add additional sessions for other meeting times, repeat steps 1 through 5. To view the sessions you created, click the Sessions tab (by default it will display the current weeks session, you can choose all, all past, months, weeks, day).

Record Attendance

Step 1: On your course page, click the link to the attendance activity (not the Update icon). The activity will open.

Step 2: Click the Sessions tab. The Sessions screen will open.

Step 3: On the Sessions screen, use the buttons at the top right to view sessions by Day, Weeks, Months, All past or All. (Initially, the screen will open to Week, or to the last view used.)

Step 4: Click the green circle to open an unrecorded session, or click the green back-arrow to edit a session with existing marks. The Attendance screen will open.

Note: If you leave the Sessions screen and return, you may need to click All or All past (top tight) to see past sessions.

Step 5: On the Attendance screen, click the radio buttons under the columns to mark attendance (P = Present, L = Late, E = Excused, A = Absent ). (Tip: Start by clicking on the P header this will mark everyone present, then you can select those who were otherwise)

(Tip: Student can be sorted by clicking First Name or Surname)

Step 6: To record notes for particular students, type in the Remarks column.
Note: Both you and the student for whom you record a message will be able to view remarks.

Step 7: Once finished, click Save attendance (at bottom) to save your work. You will see a confirmation that "attendance has been successfully taken," and then the Sessions screen will open again.