Attendance Activity [Faculty]


The Attendance module allows the instructor to track attendance within Moodle ISU and assign a grade in the gradebook. Instructors can determine the points for present, late, tardy, excused or other attendance criteria.

This Guide Will Help You to:

  • Add an Attendance Activity

  • Add Sessions

  • Set Attendance Grading Criteria

  • Take Attendance

  • Seek further assistance

Add an Attendance Activity

  1. Select Turn editing on.

  2. Locate the week or section in which you wish to add the new attendance block

  3. Click Add an activity or resource

  4. Select Attendance

  5. Click Add

For more information see, Adding an Activity in Moodle ISU [Faculty]


  1. In the Name field, Enter a name if you wish to change it from Attendance.

  2. Grade - here you choose how you wish to set up the grading for the Attendance activity.

    • None

    • Scale - this selection will be grayed out unless you choose to grade the Attendance activity using a scale. (Note:  Currently, scales do not calculate into the course total.)

      • Satisfactory

      • Separate and connected ways of knowing

    • Point

      • Maximum points - this selection will be grayed out unless you choose to grade the Attendance activity using Points.

[Note: For information on using scales in the Gradebook, contact the ITRC - (208) 282-5880 or email]


Common module settings

Choose whether to Show or Hide the Page (default is Show)

For more information see, Common module settings

Restrict Access

For more information see, Restrict access

Activity completion

For more information see, Activity settings

Save Settings 

  • Click Save and display to be taken to the activity

  • Click Save and return to the course to be taken to the course homepage.

  • Click Cancel to not save the activity.

Add Sessions

Add a single session

  1. Click the Attendance link in your course


  1. At the top of the page, Click the Add session tab


  1. Choose the date for the attendance session in the Session Date dropdown boxes


  1. Add Description if instructions for students are necessary

  2. Click Add to create the session(s)


Add Multiple sessions

  1. Follow steps 1-4 for the “Add a single session” section

  2. Enter the date for the last session you wish to add in the Repeat until dropdown menus

  3. Select the days of the week when the class meets

  4. Frequency/Repeat on:

    • If your class meets every week (typical schedule) then you want a frequency of 1 week, which is the default

    • If your class meets every other week, then you want a frequency of 2 weeks



Allow student recording

  1. If you would like attendance to be self-recorded by the students, Check the box next to Allow students to record their own attendance. Otherwise, leave the box unchecked.


[Note: Once a session is created, you can change the names of the attendance markers and the grade value of each one under the Settings tab.]

Set Attendance Grading Criteria

This is where you designate how many points a student will receive for being present, tardy, excused, or absent.

  1. Click the Attendance activity for which you wish to set the grading criteria.

  2. Click the Status set tab.


  1. Change the Acronym, Description, and Points.

  2. Click Update.

  3. Optional: Add new criteria for the attendance variables:

    1. Enter the information in the empty columns.


  1. Click Add.


  1. Optional: Hide a variable, click the eye symbol in the Action column.

  1. Optional: Delete criteria, Click the Trash icon in the Action column.


Take Attendance

  1. Click the Attendance activity in your course.

  2. Under the Sessions tab, the class session that was created will be visible.

  3. In the Actions column, Click the solid triangle.


[Note: Sessions in which attendance has already been taken do not have the solid triangle icon. There will be an arrow that will take you to the screen to modify the attendance record for that session.]

""[Note: You can edit a session (change the date or add a description) with the Gear icon to the right of the session description.]

  1. You will now see a list of all your students. Next, to their name you will see options for Present, Late, Excused and Absent (P, L, E, and A) unless you have changed the settings under the Settings tab.

  2. Select the appropriate attendance status for each student.

[Note: Attendance can be changed at any time by clicking on the arrow next to a session.]

  1. You can leave comments in the Remarks field.

  2. When you have finished entering attendance, Click Save Attendance at the bottom of the page.


[Note: When taking attendance, the letters (P,L,E, and A) for attendance statuses are links. You can click the letters P, L, E, and A at the top of the column to enter the same status for all of the students. Example: If all students are present, Click the P to mark every student Present.]

Seek Further Assistance

For additional assistance please contact, ITRC at (208) 282 5880 or

For more information please visit, Attendance activity


Article ID: 54461
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