Is it possible to create two roll call attendance lists for the same day? I would prefer if I could keep the class roll call attendance separate from the lab roll call attendance.
Hi Maretta and welcome to the Canvas Community! Taking attendance multiple times on the same day is not currently possible with Roll Call. There is a feature idea thread open now for changes to the attendance functionality of Canvas, Attendance Overhaul. There are many comments in the thread but you may be interested in voting this up or posting a comment as well. This is one of the reasons we went to a third-party attendance program (aPlus) this year which plugs into Canvas as opposed to using Roll Call directly.
Thanks for your prompt reply. Just getting to familiarize myself with Canvas. It would be useful if it were possible to have separate attendance lists as I like to keep a record of regular class attendance and lab attendance separate.
Thanks again for your help.
I agree Maretta. A number of our science faculty had the same situation. Some of our science departments have the lecture and lab as separate courses which allowed them to have one attendance book for class and another for lab. It also made weighing lab and class components of student grades less complicated. Some departments, however, had lecture and lab combined as a single class which made taking attendance and weighing grades a bit more difficult. We could work around grades but attendance was not so easy. I have not read through all of the suggestions in the feature idea I posted earlier, but agree with most of what I did see. Being said I am honestly a bit conflicted as to whether I believe programming time is best spent on attendance functionality or features within Canvas that could enhance the student experience or otherwise allow the creation of more engaging content!
I hope you find a good solution in your situation! We have had a good experience implementing our plan.
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