Creating an Attendance Register
The Attendance tool within VU Collaborate allows teaching staff to create and monitor attendance for teaching sessions. You can also set up an alert system, for example, if students have not attended 80% of the total number of sessions. Students can also view their Attendance Register to be aware of how many sessions they have attended or missed.
This guide explains how you can create an Attendance Register to record sessions in your unit with VU Collaborate. The sessions can be anything related to your class such as: class attendance by date, tutorials attendance by tutor per week, workshops attendance by specific dates, etc.
Here are the steps to create an attendance register:
- Access the Attendance Tool
- Create a New Attendance Register
- Register Students Under Sessions
- Add Sessions
- Delete Sessions
- Change the Order of Sessions
- Confirm the Creation of the Attendance Register
Please note that only ONE Attendance Register needs to be created within the master space, either by a block convenor or block instructor. It can only be marked in the delivery space. Visit User Roles Explained for more information. Once a register has been created, follow the guide: Recording Attendance. If the unit you are teaching has multiple groups created (either through Allocate+ or manually created groups), then this guide will cover the required steps necessary to access/filter through to relevant groups. The Recording Attendance guide also covers steps for units that do not contain groups, but necessary for recording attendance for all users within the unit.
1. Access the Attendance tool by clicking on the Toolbox tab and selecting Attendance. Alternatively, you can access Attendance by selecting Space Admin from the navigation bar.
An Attendance Register can be created to record if students were present or absent for important sessions during your teaching period such as: classes, workshops and tutorials.
2.1 New Register
1. From the Attendance Registers menu, click on New Register.
2. Enter a Name for your attendance list, for example: Tutorials. You also have an option to enter a Description, for example, Nabin's Wednesday class.
3. Choose Attendance Scheme from the drop-down list. The default scheme is System Scheme.
To learn about Attendance Scheme please visit the How to guide: Creating an Attendance Scheme
4. Enter a percentage number in the Cause for Concern field, if you would like to receive a visual warning when students attendance is equal to or drops below your designated cause for concern percentage. For example, 80 would mean that if a students' attendance average drops below 80%, the number will appear in red on the right-hand side of the attendance register when you mark it.
To learn about how the Cause for Concern warning is displayed please visit the How to Guide: Recording Attendance
5. Check Allow users to view this attendance register, if you would like students to see the attendance list and the recorded attendance data. For example, students will be able to see if they were Present or Absent in a session.
2.2 New Register – Users
Select which students you want to include in the Attendance Register.
You can choose between the following two options:
1. Include all the students that appear in the Classlist by selecting Include all users in the course, or
2. Select a Group or Groups of students by selecting the Include all users in the following groups option. You then click on Add Groups/Sections, then choose the types of groups to include using the dropdown arrow next to Group/Section Category title. You then select the checkbox next to the specific groups you want to include from that category.
1. Type in the Session Name field the dates in which the tutorial will be taken place. Alternatively, you can just name it Session1, Session 2, etc.
2. Enter the Session Description for your Attendance Register. For example, if the Attendance Register is for tutorials, your sessions can detail the Tutorial sessions that students need to attend.
3. Optionally, you can write a description for each session to include information such as contents, place of delivery and name of a tutor.
4. Click on Save to create your Attendance Register.
Enter the number of sessions to add in the blank box next to the Add Sessions title, then click on Add Sessions.
For example, if you type 2 in the Add Sessions field, this will add two empty extra rows where you can enter the details for each session.
1. You can delete sessions by clicking the Delete icon in the right-hand column. This will result in a plus icon appearing, indicating that you can restore what you have deleted.
2. To confirm that you want to delete the session click on Save.
Deleting a session clears all data previously recorded. If you have recorded attendance make sure that you no longer need the data before deleting the session
1.You can reorder the sessions via the dropdown menu list that appears under Order.
2. To reorder, simply click on the drop down arrow (located to the right of the order number you would like reordered), and select the new order number.
3.To confirm that the order has been changed, click on Save.
1. Click on Close when you have finalised updating the information on your new Attendance Register.
2. Under the Attendance Registers Menu, you will be able to see the new register created displaying Register Name, Cause for Concern and Number of Sessions.
Contact ITS Service Desk on (03) 9919 2777 or via self-service http://servicedesk.vu.edu.au for further technical support.