Does the student who is marked absent (and who is using the Canvas app with alerts enabled) immediately get an alert that they have just been marked absent? I teach a 6-hour series of Saturday classes and it seems like as soon as I take roll about 20-30 minutes later an "absent" student shows up. I'm wondering if they see that they are being held accountable and so they scurry to show up. Just a curiosity.
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Just to follow up on what Kristin said; it's actually a grade notification since Roll Call Attendance is linked to the gradebook. In addition to a notification they also will see a little dot next to Grades each time letting them know there is a new grade. One thing I've noticed is that there tends to be a delay for grade notifications of about 20 minutes. I don't think I've seen it documented, but in my own experimenting this is the case. I only point it out here because of your comment about students showing up 20-30 minutes later. That matches pretty close to my observed delay of grade notifications.