How do I take roll call using the Attendance tool?

Canvas recently introduced a new page design called the New Canvas User Interface (UI). Depending on your Canvas view, your page design may vary from the images shown in this lesson. However, the functionality and location of the components remain the same.

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.

Note: Students cannot access the Attendance tool; only instructors have the ability to take attendance. However, they can see the Attendance assignment and their grades unless these options are changed. Learn more about attendance grading.

Open Attendance

Click Attendance Link

In Course Navigation, click the Attendance link.

View Attendance

View Attendance

By default, Roll Call displays the List View tab [1], which shows all students in a list format. To view the class in the seating chart format, click the Class View tab [2].

View Attendance Dates

Switch to a Different Date

By default, Roll Call will display the current date.

You can edit attendance records for a different date by using the arrow icons next to the date [1] or by clicking the Calendar icon [2].

Take Attendance in List View

Take Attendance

In the List View, you can take attendance by toggling the correct mark next to each student's name [1]:

  • 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

You can also take attendance by clicking the Mark All Present button [2].

If you need to start over or clear all attendance entries, click the Unmark All button [3].

Take Attendance in Class View

Take Attendance

In Class View, you can also toggle the correct mark next to each student's name (present, absent, or late) [1], or click the Mark All Present button [2]. To unmark all student entires, click the Unmark All button [3].

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.