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Make Attendance Visible to Students

Make Attendance Visible to Students

  This idea has been developed and deployed to Canvas

 

I would like for the attendance to be visible to the students in their grades. If students are being graded on attendance, I believe it is important that we as instructors are able to effectively communicate this to the students.

 

 

  Comments from Instructure

 

For more information, please read through the Canvas Production Release Notes (2016-09-17)

This feature release has been delayed and will not be available in production on September 17. An updated release date will be made available soon.

 

44 Comments
molly
Community Member

Please, please, please add this function! Students need to be able to clearly see how many time they have been late or absent. Using the percentage is extremely unclear.

judyk
Community Member

 @molly ​ thank you for commenting on this! Make sure you go vote on July 1! If we don't get enough votes, we really don't have a chance at this being a priority right now Smiley Happy

lesley_cryderma
Learner II

Considering that Canvas has traditionally been all about providing more information to the student, rather than less, I'm surprised that this is not already available for students.

If we are holding students accountable for attendance, then it only makes sense that they should be able to see how they are doing.  Just looking at their current score via the Attendance feature, does not provide any worthwhile information to the student.  They are not going to understand that it is based on how many times the class has met, etc.

They should have access to their own report, including lates or any other "badges" an instructor chooses to use, as well as to see the dates that they missed, etc.

Big thumbs UP vote on this request.  Most of our instructors choose NOT to use this feature because they find it easier to keep track of attendance on paper.  The only reason they consider switching to it is the desire to provide the students a view of their attendance online.

mbmattes
Community Member

This was actually something that really frustrated me when I started using Canvas last semester. I just wanted Canvas to create a column that would show the number of absences a student has. Failing that, a number of times the student was present. That info is available to me via a mouseover on their name in the list, but that's a clumsy way to do things. I really hope this is added.

dianepbh
Learner II

When this becomes a feature, it should has the option to have ZERO points. Attendance, while an important data point, cannot be included in grades in our schools.

kona
Community Coach
Community Coach

 @dianepbh , I totally agree about the option to be worth zero points, but technically you can already do this. Most of our faculty do one of the following: (1) change Roll Call Attendance to "not graded," (2) make it worth zero points, or (3) put it in a 0% assignment group. What each of these does is make sure Roll Call Attendance doesn't count toward the final course grade.

kerry_gonzales
Surveyor

I teach college. Students should be responsible adults. Coming from a graphic design background, I expect my students to view punctuality as part of the job, not as Brownie points. They are either on time (and ready to go, not just walking in), late or absent.

Nor do I use a percentage as part of attendance. I grade on the college standard of those meeting two class periods per week.

3 lates = 1 Absence

6 absences = E (Failing grade

I can guarantee students, being able to track their own attendance, would make an effort to be in their seats, and ready to go when the class begins!

jherron
Community Member

I'm surprised this hasn't received more votes yet. Allowing students to see attendance data would be much more efficient for students and faculty, and it can help an instructor keep accurate records when a student notices a mistake on his/her record.

schnipker
Community Member

I completely agree with everything stated above and concur that student should also have access to see the instructor's assigned badges.  The percentage of attendance feature currently in place is not really helpful for how I figure attendance into final grades.

carrie
Instructure
Instructure

I have heard recently that in addition to allowing students to view their attendance record, it would be helpful to allow students to checkin to mark their own attendance. This would be particularly helpful in large enrollment classes.

  • A suggested workflow from a medical school: Have an "I am here" button for an Event students can use to checkin for that lecture/lab/small group.
  • A special code for each event checkin might help ensure some level of security with this feature. For example, when students select the "I am here" button they might be prompted to enter a code the teacher has posted on the board.

Any thoughts on this? I'm curious to hear from other edu sectors (K-20).

kona
Community Coach
Community Coach

In our previous LMS we had the option for students to enter their own attendance (using a code provided by the instructor) and instructors seemed to use and enjoy this option. In addition, faculty and students really liked it when students could see their own attendance record; this was really helpful because students could see for themselves when they had been marked present and absent.

Beth_Young
Community Member

This idea (have students enter their own attendance) is new to me and I really like it. I really dislike the system we have now, where students can't view their own attendance records. Students need to be able to monitor their own attendance and to notice if I have made a mistake. And a class doesn't have to be that big before checking attendance takes up time that could be better spent on other things, if only students could check themselves in.

molly
Community Member

We have a similar rule; every three tardies becomes one absence. It would be great if that option could be built in somehow---if the teacher could customize attendance to count tardies and assign absences after a certain limit has been reached.

molly
Community Member

I didn't even realize students couldn't see the badges. I've been wasting time making them for only myself to see!

dhulsey
Explorer II

Yes, Carrie that idea is full of win with some caveats. First, the attendance poll should be mobile friendly for iOS and Android. Second, outside of 1:1 schools​, not all students have smartphones. Most of my students do, but not all of them do. Some  consideration should be given to how to mark those students present without embarrassing them for not having the finances for a smartphone. Perhaps the teacher could also mark the student present?

carrie
Instructure
Instructure

Very true, Dallas!

The attendance tool could be made to be flexible for various scenarios, including a blended option wherein teachers and/or students can mark themselves present or absent.

hmcnally
Community Member

There's a lot of "why bother" to Roll Call Attendance... a lot of missed opportunity in it to share this data with students, or even advisors. The student view of "percentage only" just isn't enough.

pattersj1
Surveyor

I agree that we should be able to share the data easily with both the students and their advisors. The students need to know what dates are recorded for their absence and tardies and the possible reasons. They should have the same visibility the instructor does that shows the total absences, tardies, and the tags the teachers may have created. It would also be useful to have the actual dates of absence show up by student without negotiating the cumbersome spreadsheet.

Joy Patterson

English Instructor

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Florida Institute of Technology

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JACOBSEN_C
Explorer III

How about adding a line graph to individual view student analytic pages too?

jbrady2
Community Member

 @judyk  Our college just made the Roll Call tool available for the Spring  2016 semester, but I feel many of the faculty I have spoken with will not be using it, or only using it for record keeping, as they do not give a grade for attendance, do not use a weighted gradebook, or both. This would be a great feature that would probably make the attendance useful to many more faculty, at least at my institution.