How do I set up and take attendance in Moodle?


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Tracking attendance in Moodle is a great student success tool because it allows students to monitor their own attendance.  To set up attendance.

From the Gear icon at the upper right of your course page, choose Turn editing on.

Go to the section on your course page where you want the Attendance module to appear. On the far right, click Add an activity or resource.

Click Attendance and click Add.

Scroll down to Grade. If you don’t want attendance included, choose None. Or, you can set the number of points you want attendance to be worth. Later in the setup, you can then indicate how many points will be deducted for each absence or late. When you’re done, click Save and display. (If you clicked Save and return, you can navigate back to Attendance by clicking it on your course page.)

On the next screen, click add session. Then do the following:
Fill in the date of the first class meeting. Click the button to “repeat the session above as follows.” Place check marks next to the days your class meets (even if it just one day). For a fully online course, just check Monday. Fill in the last day your class meets. Click Add.

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You’ll now see all your class sessions. You may find it easiest to have them displayed by Week or Day. You can make that change at the upper right. To take attendance, click on the right arrow to the right of the class meeting.
To see the number of absences a student has, click on any attendance that has been taken.

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To quickly mark all students present, click P at the top of the list. To mark students individually, click on the appropriate circle. A key to the abbreviations appears at the bottom left of the screen. When you finish, click Save attendance. You can go back into a day’s attendance at any time, make changes, and save again.

Optional: If you would like to change the status options displayed, from the main attendance page, click Status set at the top. Here, you can hide or delete options you don’t use, add new options, or reorder them. The point values here won’t matter unless you set attendance to be part of the grade. Click Update when you’re done.

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To see the number of absences a student has, click on any attendance that has been taken.

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Click the name of the student.

The student’s attendance history will display.

The number of absences can be determined either by counting them manually or derived from the statistics at the bottom of the page (absence = -2 points, lateness = -1).

To apply any grade deduction:

In the left-hand menu, click Grades. In the upper right corner, click Turn editing on. Scroll to the Course total column. Click the course total to edit it. Place an explanation of the adjustment in the feedback box to the right of the total. For example: 4 absences = 5 point deduction.

The student will now see the deduction and explanatory note in their gradebook view.


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