Need to track attendance for Mapworks? Tired of shuffling paper attendance sheets around? Canvas has a Roll Call Attendance application that can be used to track class attendance.

Attendance is an external tool that allows faculty to quickly mark students as Present, Absent or Late. You can view students alphabetically or use a seating chart. Instructions for setting up and using Attendance are available in the Canvas Community.

Controlling Points Awarded for Attendance

If Attendance is enabled, it's considered an Assignment worth 100 points, and an Attendance column is automatically added to the gradebook. There are various strategies for removing attendance from Grades or controlling the percentage of the final grade, and they are outlined in the Canvas Community Guide.  

You can also choose not to have the Attendance grade counted as part of the final grade. To enable this option:
  1. Enable Attendance.
  2. Go to Assignments and edit Roll Call Attendance. 
  3. Check the box to the left of "Do not count this assignment towards the final grade."
  4. Click Save.

Creating an Attendance Report 

Canvas has a very basic attendance report you can download. You can also see the detailed absences, late and attended entries by viewing each student's attendance record in the Roll Call Attendance tool. If you want a detailed report for all of the students in the class, follow these instructions for creating an Excel sheet with attendance data. Canvas administrators will provide the university's retention office with reports on all attendance tracked in Canvas.

For more information on using Canvas, please visit the Canvas Training Center for faculty or try the Canvas Community for comprehensive resources beyond St. Edward's.