How do I set up attendance grading?

There are two different ways to setup grading for the Attendance tool. You can set it up to manually grade attendance or you can set it up to automatically grade attendance. Either method will provide one grade for all of the attendance items.

Access the Attendance tool.

Select the Attendance tool from the Tool menu.

Select Grading.

Select the Grading tab.

Edit Grade Settings.

Enter total points possible.

Type in the total points possible within the Total Points Possible field.

Allow students to see their grade.

Select the Allow students to see their grade within this tool checkbox if you want students to see their grade.

Send grades to the Gradebook.

  1. Select the Send grades to the Gradebook checkbox if you want to auto-create a Gradebook item for attendance within the Gradebook tool.
  2. Enter a name for the Gradebook item within the Gradebook Item Name text area.

Note: If you choose to do this, you will need to enter grades within the Attendance tool. Doing so will automatically update the scores for the Gradebook item within the Gradebook tool.

Option 1: Manually Grade Students' attendance.

Select Manually grade students' attendance.

  1. Select the radio button next to Manually grade students' attendance.
  2. Select Save Settings.

By choosing this option, you will need to manually grade attendance for each student using the How do I grade attendance items? instructions.

Option 2: Automatically Grade Students' attendance.

Select Define rules to automatically grade attendance.

Select the radio button next to Define rules to automatically grade attendance.

Add Grading Rules.

  1. Choose a status from the Status drop-down menu.
  2. Enter a range within the From and Through fields. Example: By entering 1 in the From field and 2 in the Through field, this rule will take effect when students fulfill the status 1 or 2 times.
  3. Enter the number of points that will be rewarded or deducted.
  4. Select Add Rule.

After selecting Add Rule, your rule will appear below the Grading Rules heading.

When setting up rules, you will need to create rules for student's when they miss class. Below is an example of what this may look like if you want students to lose points each day they miss class and every two days they are late. This example is for a course that only has 4 classes with a max of 20 points possible for attendance.

Start with zero points and earn points as they attend class.

Select the option to Start with zero points and earn points as they attend class.

Note With this option, students will start with 0 points and gain points as they attend class.

Add Grading Rules.

  1. Choose a status from the Status drop-down menu.
  2. Enter a range within the From and Through fields. Example: By entering 1 in the From field and 1 in the Through field, this rule will take effect when students fulfill the status 1 time.
  3. Enter the number of points that will be rewarded or deducted.
  4. Select Add Rule.

After selecting Add Rule, your rule will appear below the Grading Rules heading.

When setting up rules, you will need to create rules that allow student's to earn points for the classes they attend. Below is an example of what this may look like if you want students to gain points for each class they attend and only receive partial credit for each time they are late. This example is for a course that only has 4 classes with a max of 20 points possible for attendance.