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Attendance

You have two options for taking Attendance: your course's Attendance tab and—if you have an iOS device (iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad)—the Populi app.

If you want to factor attendance into the final course grade, read about how to do that.

Attendance tab

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Click Attendance to see the attendance calendar.

  • Course meeting times display as blocks (if there are no blocks, chances are no one has yet entered Meeting Times for your course).
  • Purple Attendance blocks indicate that you haven't taken attendance for that meeting time.
  • Blue Attendance blocks indicate that you have taken attendance for that meeting time.
  • Each block shows attendance stats: P (present), T (tardy), and A (Absent/Excused), together with the number of students in each category.
  • Once you have taken attendance, you may select individual students from the “drop-down to see (and update) their records.

Taking Attendance

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Click an attendance block. You'll go to the attendance page for that meeting time.

  • Set each student's attendance status; if you skip over any students, they'll be marked as Present (the default).
  • Make sure you click Save when you're finished.
  • When you finalize the course, attendance records will be locked and the calendar will only show blocks from the meeting times in which you took attendance.

Taking Attendance with your iPhone

Taking attendance with the iPhone app is really simple:

  1. Tap Academics button and locate the course in My Courses
  2. Select a meeting time from the list, and select PT, or A for each student
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    Brendan O'Donnell

    Janet,

    Would the Attendance Report in Academics > Academic Term > Attendance do the trick?

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    Janet Starks

    We were looking for a report by class, or a more detailed report by student. Can students see their own attendance record?

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    Andrew Gabriel

    I agree, it would be helpful to be able to see exactly which days that student was late or absent in case a student inquires (without having to search through every day in the calendar), or in case we made a mistake that we need to fix.

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    Janet Starks

    You can see this information on screen - under the Roster tab for an individual course. But it's only a summary showing number of absences

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    Andrew Gabriel

    I need my students to be able to see the summary themselves. We have an attendance policy which means that if students miss a certain number of classes (or the are late a certain number of times), they fail the class. Currently, I have to keep a close eye on the class attendance summary and send out individual e-mails alerting students of when they are coming close to failing. If students could see their attendance record themselves, I wouldn't feel the need to do this.

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    Brendan O'Donnell

    Thanks for the thoughts, y'all. This looks more and more like a feature request... in fact, Andrew has posted this: https://support.populiweb.com/entries/20504662-students-would-be-able-to-view-a-more-detailed-attendance-record-for-the-course

    We have our eye on it.

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    Adam Sentz

    @Andrew - If a student clicks "Detail" next to their attendance percentage under Course Stats on the course dashboard they can see how many times they have been marked present, absent, tardy, or excused.

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    George Gunn

    I also would like to be able to get a report on an individual student's attendance record for a specific class. A table that shows total number of absences, tardies, and excused absences for the term for each student in a class would be very helpful.

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    Jennifer Londo

    My iphone populi app is blank when I go into the app. I don't see an academics button as the directions tell us to look for, therefore I cannot take attendance, which I really would like to do with this app. Please help. Thanks

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    Adam Sentz

    @Jennifer - Please submit a support request. Just visit this page https://support.populiweb.com/ and click "Submit a Request".

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    Janet Starks

    Is it possible to get an attendance report, either for the class, or for an individual student, without having to check each month on the calendar view?

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