Tracking participation using Moodle Attendance
Posted by Bonnie Tensen on 04 February 2015 12:56 PM

The Moodle Attendance activity can be used to assess student participation as well as attendance. Doing so gives students an accurate assessment of their progress in the course, and provides instructors with a comprehensive record of their students' engagement throughout the semester. 

  1. Create an Attendance activity (and generate sessions) according to the directions in "How to Use Moodle Attendance." [NOTE: you may want to rename the activity "Attendance and Participation."]

    Name it "Attendance and Participation"

  2. Open the activity, and click on the tab marked "Settings."

    Click on the "Settings" tab

  3. The default settings are P (Present), L (Late), E (Excused), and A (Absent) with a 0-2 scale. However, these variables can be edited to fit an instructor's preferred ratings. Below is an example of a system that some instructors are using. [NOTE: an absence receives a failing grade of 50 rather than a 0.]

    New scale

  4. To record attendance and participation, click on the green button next to the pertinent session. [NOTE: you can change the description of the session from the default "Regular class session." For this hybrid course, the instructor is recording students' participation in the online Forum discussion (2nd session below) along with face-to-face class sessions.]

    Click on green button

  5. Click on the appropriate radio button to assess each students' engagement in the class. [NOTE: instructors may also provide additional feedback in the "Remarks" window to the right.]

    mark individual students' engagement

  6. When you have assessed all of the students, click "Save attendance." The grades are recorded in the gradebook, so students get immediate feedback on their participation.

    Student view



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Last Modified: 2015/03/19

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