Taking Attendance

This guide will demonstrate how to take attendance using the Blackboard Attendance Tool

Accessing the Attendance Tool

Accessing the Attendance tool: 1.Within your Blackboard course, navigate to the Course Management area, and click on Course Tools.2.With the Course Tools section expanded, click the link labeled Attendance

To access the Attendance Tool,

  1. Within your Blackboard course, navigate to the Course Management area, and click on Course Tools.
  2. With the Course Tools section expanded, click the link labeled Attendance.

Taking Attendance for a Current Meeting

To take attendance for today:

  1. To take attendance for today, ensure the toggle is set for Meeting.
  2. Student: Your student roster from Blackboard will appear here.
  3. Today: This column shows a color-coded icon for each student's status.
  4. Present: Click in the cell that corresponds to each student to mark that student present for today's session.
  5. Late: Click in the cell that corresponds to each student to mark that student as late for today's session.
  6. Absent: Click in the cell that corresponds to each student to mark that student as absent for today's session.
  7. Excused: Click in the cell that corresponds to each student to mark that student as excused for today's session.

Taking Attendance for Previous Meetings

To take attendance for a previous meeting:

  1. Click on the Overall toggle to view all sessions.
  2. Locate the student you want to mark attendance for, and click the Mark link in that student's cell.
  3. Select the student's attendance status (present, late, absent, or excused) from the list.
Bulk Marking of Attendance Sessions
1.Click on the column header for the session2.Select the option to mark all students as present, or mark all students as absent. You can also exempt the session from attendance collection.

When viewing all attendance sessions, it is possible to mark all students as attending or absent:

  1. Click on the column header for the session
  2. Select the option to mark all students as present, or mark all students as absent. You can also exempt the session from attendance collection.