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Attendance in Canvas

The Attendance tool allows instructors or maintainers to take attendance for sessions they create. It can also add a single grade item to Gradebook. Scores from Attendance will automatically update in Gradebook every five minutes. See these Attendance tool best practices.

Quick Start Steps

  1. Click a Course, click Settings, and click Navigation.
  2. Locate Attendance, click the three vertical dots to display more options, and click Enable.
  3. Click Save.
    The Attendance tool will appear on the course side menu.
  4. Click Attendance.
  5. Click Add Session.
  6. Enter the session date and time, and click Create Session.

NOTE: Students are automatically marked as Present. To make a change, use the drop down menu, click a student's name, and change the mark.

Step-by-Step Instructions