You can obviously record student attendance in class using a paper chart or an Excel spreadsheet. However, Moodle’s Attendance Activity offers not only comparable features, but also several advantages over those possibilities:

  1. With Moodle’s Attendance activity, you can set up all the possible class meeting days for the semester at the same time.
  2. Moodle sets point values for Present, Excused Late, and Absent (by default 2, 1, 1, and 0 points, respectively), whose values you can change. Moodle then keeps track of the students’ running attendance scores (points received compared to maximum current total), displaying that running score in the Gradebook.
  3. You can mark all students as present (for a particular class session) with a single click, and you can then modify the setting for any student who was not present that day.
  4. Moodle allows you to see the attendance record for a particular student for a particular time period (monthly or weekly).
  5. Moodle allows the student to see his/her attendance history as you have recorded it.

Taking attendance in Moodle involves three separate steps: creating the Attendance activity, adding sessions for which to record attendance, and then recording attendance for each class session. We describe those three processes in the following detailed instructions.

For additional information or assistance, please contact the Tech Desk at 570.577.7777 or techdesk@bucknell.edu.

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