Blackboard (Faculty) - Attendance: Access and Enter Attendance

This document provides an overview of how to access and enter attendance.

 Access the Attendance Tool

Before enabling the Attendance column in your grade center, please schedule a consult with an Instructional Designer to determine the best use of this tool. The Attendance column can only be deleted from a grade center if all attendance data has been removed. 

  1. Inside the course, navigate to the Control Panel and click Course Tools; then click Attendance.

  2. If accessing the attendance tool for the first time, the Settings panel will open. This is where you'll set the grading schema.

    BB attendance settings

    To make changes to the grading schema: Present and Absent cannot be changed. Make changes to Late and click Save. (Note: You will need to refresh the page to see any changes made.)

    If you enable "Include Excused in Calculations," it will calculate absences marked "Excused" equal to "Present."

    Not making changes to grading schema: Close the panel by clicking the purple "X" in the panel if you do not want to make changes.

    If you need to get back to the Settings panel, click the Setting "cog" in the upper right corner of the Attendance page.

    settings icon
  3. Changes are saved and posted automatically.

Meeting View

  1. The default view when you come into the attendance tool is Meeting. Use the toggle switches in the upper right corner to switch between Overall and Meeting views. (Note: The scores will always display in percentages regardless of the setting because Meeting view only shows one day's attendance.)

    view settings

Overall View

  1. Attendance can also be marked in the Overall view. Again, changes are saved and posted automatically. Cells remain purple until attendance is marked.
  2. Use the column heading to mark all students present.
  3. The overall score next to the student's name is set from the Settings panel. If you want to change to a percentage, points, letter, or pass/fail. Click the Settings icon.
    settings icon

 Edit a Meeting Date

  1. Click the column heading name and choose Edit meeting.
    BB attendance edit a meeting

  2. Change the date by clicking the date on the calendar.

Exempt a Meeting

  1. If a date no longer requires an attendance grade, click the "Today" column heading name and choose Exempt meeting.

    Today column select exempt

    For more information about Attendance, view the video below:

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OwnerCenter I.GroupSouthern Illinois University Edwardsville
Created2018-03-06 16:22:53Updated2024-02-01 10:43:42
SitesSouthern Illinois University Edwardsville
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