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.

course main page

2. Click on the Gear icon.

Gear icon is selected.

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...

Turn editing on link is selected.

4. Click on Add resource or activity.

Add resource or activity link is selected.

5. Select Attendance.

Attendance is selected.

6. Click on Add.

Add button is selected.

7. Type a Name.

Name field is selected.

8. Adjust the Grade settings.

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.

Grade is set to Point.

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.

Grading category is set to Not categorized.

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.

Grade to pass is set to 0.00.
9. Adjust the Common module settings.
Common module settings.

9.1. Visible.

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.

Visible is set to Show.

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:

ID number is blank.

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.

Group mode is set to No groups.

9.4. Grouping.

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?

Grouping is set to None.
13. Set Extra restrictions, if desired.

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.

Extra restrictions settings

14. Click on Save and display.

Save and display button is selected.

15. View the Attendance activity.

Attendance activity page

16. Click on the Add session tab.

Add session tab is selected.

17. Set the date of the first class meeting.

Date field is selected.

18. Set the time of the class meeting.

Time field is selected.

19. Decide whether to allow students to record their own attendance.

Only check this box if you want students to mark their own attendance.

Allow students to record their own attendance is not checked.

20. Type a description if desired.

Description textbox is selected.

21. Set the Multiple sessions settings.

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.

Repeat the session is checked.

21.2. Check the days of the week.

Meeting days of the week are checked.

21.3. Select how often the course should repeat.

Repeat every is set to 1.

21.4. Set the course end date.

Repeat until is set to 15.

22. Click on Add.

Add button is selected.

23. The list of newly created sessions will appear.

List of class meetings displays.

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.

X is selected.
25. How do I record attendance?

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.

green dot is used to mark attendance.

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.

radio button for marking attendance.

25.3. Click on Save attendance.

Save attendance button is selected.

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.

green dot icon has changed to a 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.

Attendance activity in Grader report.

Article Summary

You have now learned how to add an Attendance activity and how to record attendance in your course in TITANium.