How do I take attendance using Roll Call?

To learn more about how the attendance tool works in the gradebook, visit the How is Roll Call Attendance graded in Canvas? lesson.

Note: Students cannot access the Attendance tool; only instructors have the ability to take attendance.

Open Attendance

Click Attendance Link

Click the Attendance link.

Take Attendance

Take Attendance

The List view appears when you open Roll Call. You can take attendance by toggling the correct mark for each student [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 yellow clock icon indicates the student is late.

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

Switch to a Different Date

Switch to a Different Date

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

Note: 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.

Use Class View to Take Attendance

Use Class View to Take Attendance

Switch to Class view by clicking the Class tab.

Take Attendance

Take Attendance

You can toggle the correct mark for each student (present, absent, or late) [1] or click the Mark All Present button [2] to take attendance  in Class View.

Switch to List View

Switch to List View

Return to List view by clicking the List tab.