How do I link the iFullerton student attendance to my course in TITANium?
You will learn how to display the students' attendance in your course in TITANium as recorded using iBeacon and iFullerton.
The iBeacon system uses the iFullerton app on each student's phone or tablet to record their attendance for the course when they "check-in" at the time and date of the course meeting.
1. Enter your course in TITANium.
2. Click on the Gear icon.
3. Click on Turn editing on.
4. Click on Add activity or resource.
5. Select External tool.
6. Click on Add.
7. Type a title.
8. Select Course Attendance Report using the dropdown list for Preconfigured tool.
The External tool activity in TITANium allows you to connect to various services and data sources located outside of TITANium. Some of those services can report to the TITANium gradebook; others display a web page within TITANium but cannot report to the gradebook. Several of those preconfigured tools have self-help guides.
9. In the Grade section, choose None for Type.
Since this iBeacon data does not report to the gradebook, you might not want to have a column in the gradebook. However, if you want to track attendance as part of the students' participation grade, then go ahead and give the tool a Maximum grade value. You will then have to manually add a grade to the Grader report.
10. Click on Add restriction.
In order to not allow students to access this link (or even see it), you can add an access restriction, so that only you can see the link and click on the link.
11. Click on User profile.
The type of restriction you can create may vary from the list below. It depends upon which elements in your course you have already activated, such as Groups, Groupings, and Activity Completion.
12. Click on the EYE icon.
Click on the EYE icon to completely hide this activity or resource from all student users except for whomever you decide to make it visible to. If the EYE does not have a slash across it, then students will see the link and the restriction criteria, but will not be able to click on the link.
13. Select Email address from the dropdown menu for User pofile field.
14. Type your own email address.
15. Click on Save and display.
16. The current attendance data will display.
The screenshot below does not display any data, because there isn't any yet. This course has not yet started and no attendance has yet been recorded.
This data will update nightly.
17. The Link to the attendance will be completely hidden from students.
An alternate way of hiding this (or any) activity or resource is to click on Edit to the right of the activity or resource and select Hide. The Edit link is only available when editing is turned on.
18. On the first day of class, you should see a report similar to this one.
Tip: You can adjust the attendance report:
Remove Attendance will mark the student as "Absent"
Mark Tardy will mark the student as "Tardy" (15+ minutes late)
Add Attendance will mark a student as present.
Always keep a paper backup.
Considering that this is still new technology for our campus and the variety of reasons a given student might not be able to "check-in" at the appropriate time (forgot phone, phone not charged, having technical difficulties, the student is sitting closer to iBeacon in the next room, etc.), it is a good idea to keep track on paper as well.
You have now learned how to add the iBeacon/iFullerton course attendance report to your course in TITANium.