If you would like to record attendance directly in Moodle, there is a quick way which involves minimal setup.
1. Basic Setup
Click the Turn Editing On button on your main course page.
Click Add an activity or resource under the main course heading.
Then click Attendance.
Under the Attendance Setup, you can name your Attendance sheet, choose your grading scale, and customize other options. Click Save and display.
2. Add a Session
You have to add a session before you are able to take attendance. To add a session of attendance, click Add.
There is the option to create multiple sessions within a time period on recurring days, which is useful if you want to take attendance regularly. To set this up, check Create multiple sessions. Then choose the session date and time, the duration of the class period, and the session end date, as well as on what days the class occurs. If your class meets every week, leave frequency at 1 (if every other week, frequency = 2; every third week, frequency = 3, etc). When you are done, click Add session.
3. Delete Sessions
If there are certain sessions that you’d like to delete (for example, if a class falls on a holiday), then navigate to the Sessions tab where all the sessions are listed. There are three different ways to delete sessions:
1) Click the X to delete individual sessions.
2) Click the checkboxes to select multiple sessions, then choose Delete from the dropdown box and click OK.
3) Click the checkbox in the heading, which will select all sessions. Then choose Delete and click OK.
If you accidentally deleted a session that you did not mean to delete, you can navigate back to Add and create a session for the specific date that you deleted.
4. Change Grading Settings
To change the grading settings of your attendance, click Settings.
Here you can change the description of the Variables, their acronyms, and how many points the student will get for each variable.
5. View Sessions/Take Attendance
To view your current sessions and to take attendance, click Sessions.
The green arrow and the orange-colored font show that attendance has been recorded. The green dot and the black font show that attendance has not yet been recorded. Click on the green dot to record attendance.
To select an Attendance grade for all students, click the corresponding orange letter. Then you can choose the P, L, E, or A radio-buttons to change the grade for individual students and add remarks if desired. Make sure to click Save attendance at the end.
6. View Attendance Report
To quickly view a report of your students’ attendance, click Report.
You can filter by Day, Weeks, Months, or All to show the record and grades for your students.
Hint: If you would like students to not see their attendance grade, navigate to the course home and click Turn Editing On. Next to the attendance icon, click Edit, then Hide. The text will turn grey and the attendance report will be accessible only to you.
7. Export Attendance Report
To export this information into an Excel or Office document, click Export.
Choose which settings you wish to export.
If you have any questions regarding the set-up of attendance, please email firstname.lastname@example.org, and we will help you with your request.