In my class, we have a morning and an afternoon session. Is there a way to take attendance for both these sessions?
Nathan Parker, unfortunately Attendance in Canvas doesn't allow for a lot of flexibility. Yet, I'm wondering if you took the three attendance options (present, absent, late) and badges did something like this if you could make it work:
It's not perfect and you may need to tweak the general idea to make it work, but I think given the constraints of Attendance, this is about the best you're going to do.
As a side note, if you haven't already, please vote and comment on the following feature idea - Attendance Overhaul - thanks!
Let me know if this helped!
Unfortunately, this is not a workable solution for us. We have an 80% lecture attendance policy (university policy) and 100% lab attendance (department policy). We need to account for the two separately.
1. Showing attendance as a badge would not give the information to the students. They are who need to see it. We already have to take attendance on an Excel spread sheet, so it doesn't matter as much to me.
2. We need attendance to show as a percentage of attendance for lecture and lab individually, so counting someone present in only one session as a "late" wouldn't accomplish this.
To me honest, this is one of the biggest down sides of Canvas, for our faculty, other than the inability to adjust a grade manually at the end of a term (of which I've discussed extensively in the thread Override final grade .)
Eva Shay, DO
Eva, something we just started trying out and seems to work is taking attendance in an attendance "Assignment" with a rubric. The rubric allows us to designate the class date and then each column is whether they attended the morning or afternoon session. You could set it up to suite your specific needs and also define which column is worth more/less, etc. In addition, the Instructor could add comments for each day and the students would easily be able to see all of this information.
Kona, this is not an option that I have previously considered. I have used rubrics for lab practicals, but not for something like this. I have a picture in my head of how this could be done, but would you mind taking a screen shot of how you construct your rubric and share it here? That would be most helpful. Thank you.
It's not perfect, but we've been able to make it work for what we need. I had to do some tweaking to make it more what it sounds like you want, but here's an example. The criteria are the days of the week and the ratings are the different options of what the students attended. If class is first then the Instructor would mark that the student attended class. If the student then also attended lab then the Instructor would switch it to class & lab. In addition, the Instructor could add comments if the student left early/got there late, etc.
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