How do I take roll call using the Attendance tool?
Once you have configured the attendance tool and your course is published, you can start to take attendance using Roll Call.
The attendance tool is configured by default to allow taking roll seven days a week. This setting is useful for courses where there may be a need to take attendance for an event that takes place outside of a regular school week. However, the attendance tool will only calculate grades in the gradebook out of the total number of days roll has been taken.
Currently you can only view Roll Call on a day-by-day basis. To view additional dates you can run an attendance report for your course.
Notes: Students cannot access the Attendance tool; only instructors have the ability to take attendance. However, students can see the Attendance assignment in the Assignments page and view their attendance report as part of the Roll Call Attendance submission details page. If you are using attendance for grading, students can also view their attendance grade in the Grades page. Learn more about how attendance is graded in Canvas.
By default, Roll Call displays the List View tab , which shows all students in a list format. To view the class in the seating chart format, click the Class View tab .
If your course includes sections, both views show a drop-down menu with the names of course section(s). To view students in a specific section, click the section drop-down menu . Note that this menu displays even if your course only contains one section.
View Attendance Dates
Take Attendance in List View
In the List View, you can take attendance by toggling the correct mark next to each student's name :
- The green check mark icon indicates the student is present and on time
- The red X icon indicates the student is not present
- The orange clock icon indicates the student is late
- The gray no symbol icon indicates attendance is unmarked.
You can also take attendance by clicking the Mark All Present button .
If you need to start over or clear all attendance entries, click the Unmark All button .
Take Attendance in Class View
Add Badges to Roll Call
If you want to use roll call badges as part of the entry, view more options for the student and add the selected badge.