How you take attendance on the first day of class for Canvas courses will vary depending on factors such as how many students you have and if the course meets online or in person. If you use Canvas to take attendance, you will still need to enter the data into Campus Solutions to complete first day attendance requirements.
For smaller, synchronous courses, you may want to consider opening your rosters directly in Campus Solutions to enter attendance during class on the first day.
Read more below about the options for taking attendance using your Canvas course site.
The Attendance (Roll Call) tool is best used for face-to-face courses. Option 2 and 3 are better for taking first day attendance for online courses.
This tool allows you to take attendance in your course electronically, giving you the ability to create a virtual seating chart in a grid format…
or view your students in a list format.
You can use this tool to take attendance and post attendance grades into Canvas grades directly. Here are some items to keep in mind when using the Canvas Roll Call tool.
Enable the Attendance tool link in your Course Navigation menu. Students will not see this link, therefore hiding it from student view will not be necessary.
Take attendance by clicking the Attendance course menu item. If you are using this for first day attendance verification, be sure to also submit your first day attendance status in the Campus Solutions Grade Roster Tool.
You can create a quiz that requires a password and only supply that password in class. In Quiz Settings, enter the desired password under Quiz Restrictions and set the lock date to appear during class hours.
Creating a survey is the same process as creating a quiz, but you will need to specify the type of survey in the Quiz Type drop-down menu when editing the Quiz Settings. Choose graded survey if you want to assign a grade for first day attendance or ungraded survey if you want to take attendance this way, but not assign any points to Canvas Grades.
You can easily get a list of students who have not completed the First Day Attendance survey by doing the following:
What options can I set in a quiz? (Canvas)
Using a discussion post for First Day Attendance is a great option for online courses. Create a simple discussion (see example below) and require that students post their replies for attendance. Be sure to also submit your first day attendance status in the Campus Solutions Grade Roster Tool.
What are Discussions? (Canvas)