How do I add an Attendance activity?
You will learn how to add the Attendance activity to your course in TITANium. The Attendance activity is a way for you to record your students' attendance and have that score report to the gradebook, if desired.
1. Enter your course in TITANium.
2. Click on the Gear icon.
3. Turn editing on.
The Gear menu reveals the following links: Edit settings, Turn editing on, Filters, Gradebook setup, Outcomes, Backup, Restore, Import, Recycle bin, Reset, and More...
4. Click on Add resource or activity.
5. Select Attendance.
6. Click on Add.
7. Type a Name.
8. Adjust the Grade settings.
8.1. Select the grading scale.
Point is the default scale; however, custom scales can be created, such as scales displaying text instead of a number like "Fail/Pass", "Incomplete/Complete", or a scale can be created based on a number other than the standard scale with a 200 point maximum. For example, if you want to create a scale with the maximum points at 250, you can create that by going to Grades > Setup > Scales.
The default maximum points is set at 100 but can be altered to any whole number from 0 to 200.
8.2. Grading category.
If you have created Categories within your gradebook, you would be available in the dropdown menu. This sample course does not currently have any categories.
8.3. Grade to pass.
To use this feature, type a number to indicate the passing score, such as '70' meaning 70 points out of 100. Or, whatever score is the passing score. This can be used in combination with the Attempts reopened setting and with Completion tracking/Activity completion.
Show is the default and your students will be able to see the Assignment as soon as you click on Save at the bottom of the page. Hide will keep students from seeing it, but remember to change it to Show when you are finished creating it.
9.2. ID number.
ID numbers are used to create custom calculations using formulas in the gradebook. Otherwise, just leave this field blank.
Read this article for a sample use of a custom formula:
9.3. Group mode.
No groups is the defaults and allows individual students to submit their assignment.
Separate groups allows each group of students to work collaboratively. They can only see their own group's contributions.
Visible groups allows students to submit as a group. In most activities, students in visible groups (such as in a forum) will be able to work/post within their own group, yet will still be able to see posts within other groups.
Only None is listed in the dropdown menu unless you have already created one or more groupings in the course. A grouping allows the instructor to manage sets of groups of students.
Read this article to learn about using groupings: How do I organize groups into a grouping and apply it to my Activity?
To learn how to use the Restrict access settings, read one of these articles:
- How do I use Groups and Restrict access to limit access to an Activity?
- How do I use Restrict access to hide a Section on my course main page?
- How do I hide a Section on my course main page until a student completes a previous Activity?
- How do I set my Topic sections to become visible to students by date?
The Extra restrictions section allows you to specify a subnet, or a set of computer IP addresses. This may be useful if you want to only allow students to login and mark themselves as present within a specific computer lab.
14. Click on Save and display.
15. View the Attendance activity.
16. Click on the Add session tab.
17. Set the date of the first class meeting.
18. Set the time of the class meeting.
19. Decide whether to allow students to record their own attendance.
Only check this box if you want students to mark their own attendance.
20. Type a description if desired.
21. Set the Multiple sessions settings.
21.1. Check the box to repeat the above settings.
However, if you only want to create a single class meeting, then do not check this box.
21.2. Check the days of the week.
21.3. Select how often the course should repeat.
21.4. Set the course end date.
22. Click on Add.
23. The list of newly created sessions will appear.
24. Delete any session date when class will not meet.
Scroll down the list and click on the X for any holidays or other days when the class will not meet.
Follow these sub-steps to record student attendance.
25.1. Click on the green dot.
To record attendance for a given session, click on the green dot to the right of the session date.
25.2. Click on the appropriate radio button for each student.
The list of students appears. Click on the appropriate radio button for each student to record their status for that meeting. Below are the default values; however, you can change them is desired.
P = Present (default value of 2 points)
L = Late (default value of 1 point)
E = Excused (default value of 2 points)
A = Absent (default value of 0 points)
You can also type a comment in the comment box if desired.
25.3. Click on Save attendance.
25.4. Note that the green dot icon has changed.
You may still make changes to the attendance roster at any time by clicking on the green arrow.
25.5. View the the Attendance activity in Grades.
A running total for the attendance will be stored in Grades. All of the session scores will be expanded or contracted to fit into the maximum score value as given to this activity. Unrecorded sessions are not counted toward the total.
You have now learned how to add an Attendance activity and how to record attendance in your course in TITANium.