How to Setup an Attendance Activity

How to Setup an Attendance Activity

Note:  You need Teacher or Manager access before you can perform this action.

The attendance activity module enables a teacher to take attendance during class and students to view their own attendance record.

The teacher can create multiple sessions and can mark the attendance status as "Present", "Absent", "Late", or "Excused" or modify the statuses to suit their needs.

Reports are available for the entire class or individual students.

To create a Attendance activity within a course page follow the steps below:

Step 1: To start making changes on your course page, click on the  button then choose Turn editing on.

Step 2: Once the edit mode is activated, you can either choose to edit an existing topic or add a new one.

Adding a topic:

Step 3: Click on Add an activity or resource.

Step 4: Choose  from the Activities list then click the  button.

Step 5: Fill out the information needed and adjust the settings for the Attendance Activity.

(Mandatory field) enter the name of the Attendance activity in the Name text box.
Enter the relevant description in the "Description" text area that describes the Attendance activity if needed.
Display description on course page
(checkbox) If enabled, the description of this activity will be shown on the course page.

When teachers grade an attendance it is possible to use either a grading scale, a grade point (numerical scale) or neither. Depending which option is used, will either enable or disable other fields. If using Point type, the maximum grade is a numeric value between 1 and 100
Grade category
Grade Category options are the categories created on the gradebook setup 
Grade to pass
This allows teachers to set the minimum grade required to pass and will be indicated by green for pass and red for fail.

The availability option permits students to view and access assignments and resources, there are two options available:

• Show on course page
• Hide from students

ID number
The ID number can be entered to reference the same ID number from a third-party package especially gradebook. Otherwise, the field may be left blank.
Group mode
There are three group settings available:

• No groups
• Separate groups
• Visible groups

Not available if no group mode is selected, if separate or visible grouping is enabled, you will then be given an option to Add group/grouping access restrictions.

Teachers may restrict students from accessing lessons and resources based upon a set of conditions. These conditions may be based on whether an activity has been completed or not, date restrictions when lessons can commence, a specified grade to be achieved, a certain user profile, or a set of nested restrictions based on the below settings.

Restrictions can be one, two or all of the following criterion:

Completion Tracking
There are three options available:

• Do not indicate activity completion
• Students can manually mark the activity as completed
• Show activity as complete when conditions are met
Require Grade
If enabled, the activity is considered complete when a student receives a grade. Pass and fail icons may be displayed if a pass grade for the activity has been set.
Expect completed on
This setting specifies the date when the activity is expected to be completed.

Tags will allow students and teachers to connect to other courses and content being offered.

Competencies will not be available unless they have been set up at a course level. Administrators can set up competency frameworks and add competencies within the framework. Teachers can also add competencies to courses and course activities.

Course competencies
Course competencies allow you to search for competencies that you’d like to link to your existing activity.
Upon activity completion
There are four options to select once an assignment has been completed:

• Do nothing
• Attach evidence
• Send for review
• Complete the competency

Default network address
Attendance may be restricted by specifying a full IP address that can only be accessed by certain groups or individuals

Step 6: Once everything is set, click Save and return to course.

The Attendance activity that has been created will now be displayed in the section where you selected ‘Add an activity or resource’.

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