Monitoring attendance in class is a measure of student engagement. It also allows students to take responsibility for their own learning. This is an active teaching strategy and can also contribute to learning analytics
for the students in the topic.
The attendance activity in FLO allows a teacher to take attendance during class and for students to view their own attendance record. The teacher can create multiple sessions and can mark the attendance status as 'Present', 'Absent', 'Late', or 'Excused',
or modify statuses to suit their needs. Reports are available for the entire class or individual students
You have planned your attendance activity. Now you are ready to set up your attendance activity.
Name the attendance sheet (eg Tutorial Attendance)
Assign a grade type other than None to create an entry for this activity in the Gradebook. You are advised to select Point, not Scale, for the grade type. If you wish to use Scale: select
Point as the grading method until all attendances are marked (ie all data is in the Gradebook), then change the grading type to Scale. Keep the grades hidden until you change to Scale (close the eye for this activity in the Gradebook), then release
the grades. Students will still be able to view their attendance during the topic
To mark attendance for a group of tutorials, under Group mode, select Visible groups. Under Grouping, select the appropriate option. If your topic has scheduled tutorials in the timetable, you should see an option starting with the topic
code and ending with 'Tutorial' (for example, NURS1003_2018_NS1_Tutorial).
Click Save and display
Click the Addsession tab
There are two types of sessions: All students and Group of students. Ability to add different types depends on activity group mode (refer to step 6 under Create an attendance activity)
In group mode "No groups" you can add only All students sessions.
In group mode "Visible groups" you can add All students and Group of students sessions.
In group mode "Separate groups" you can add only Group of students sessions.
Click and hold the Ctrl key to select multiple groups.
Fill in details about the session you wish to record attendance for.
To create a repeating series of sessions (eg weekly tutorials), select Create multiple sessions.
Once selected, the Session end date, Session days and Frequency options will be made available
Set up grade acronym, description and points
By default, the status descriptions are Present, Excused, Late, Absent and the allocated points are 2, 1, 1, 0 respectively.
Click the Status set tab
To update an existing text/value, select the text box and enter a new text/value
To set up a new status, fill in the line starting with an * and click the Add button
Once you have set up the attendance, ask your local eLearning support team to check it for you (especially if this is the first time you have set up this activity).
In order to administer your attendance activity you can use a variety of functions (listed below).
The list displays sessions in the current week by default. To see all sessions, click the All button
To mark attendance by group (for example Tutorial group), select the dropdown list under Sessions
Click the green icon next to the session to mark the session
Give each student a mark:
P (present) - worth 2 points, E (excused) - worth 1 point, L (late) - worth 1 point or A (absent) - worth 0 point.
You can also enter remarks for each. These grades will be available in the gradebook.
These will be visible to students if the activity is set to 'visible'
If the activity is set to 'visible', students will be able to view their status and any remarks
Click Save attendance
Note: If you want Scale to be the Grade type setting: make sure that Point
is selected as the grading method until all attendances are marked (ie all data is in the Gradebook), then change the grading type to Scale. Keep the grades hidden (close the eye for this activity in the Gradebook) until you change to Scale, then
release the grades. Students will still be able to view their attendance record as the topic progresses.
Change a student's attendance record
In the attendance activity, click the Sessions tab
Click the All button
Locate the session you wish to alter, and click the green Change attendance icon.
Update the attendance record and click Save attendance
In the attendance activity click the Sessions tab
Click the All button
To edit a session, click the Edit session icon
To delete a session, click the Delete session icon
How did your attendance activity go? Would you set up the activity differently next time round? Talk to your colleagues and/or your local eLearning support team to get ideas