08/08/2020 | News release | Distributed by Public on 08/07/2020 18:06
Taking attendance, especially in an online or large course, is time-consuming and can be impossible if you don't have the right tools to help. By using WebAssign for attendance, you can reduce or eliminate the time it requires to track who's present in class-and empower students to take accountability.
This semester, save yourself time and simplify how you take attendance by using WebAssign.
Set Up Your GradeBook for Attendance
The first step to taking attendance in WebAssign is to set up your GradeBook. This allows you to consolidate attendance grades into one category and set a weighting. Follow these steps:
Create an Assignment Template for Attendance
The template helps you easily set the same settings for all of your attendance assignments, as well as automatically add them to your GradeBook. Be sure to:
Now that you have your assignment template, decide how you want to track attendance based on your course format and attendance requirements.
Determine How Students Will Earn Credit for Attendance
Do you want students to attend your lecture, watch a pre-recorded lecture video or complete an assignment for credit? Determine how you'd like your students to earn their attendance grade and consider the following strategies to track their attendance with WebAssign.
Online Courses: Live or Pre-Recorded Video Lecture
Have you ever tried to take roll on a video call? It can be incredibly difficult when students call into class; you can't see their names, there's often tons of background noise and some attendees don't turn on their video.
Skip the stress, and let WebAssign do it for you:
You can also use this strategy if you pre-record your lecture by providing the password in the middle of the video to make sure students watch the whole thing.
Alternatively, if you're using Zoom or a video conferencing software that allows you to pull attendee reports, you could manually input the attendance grades into your WebAssign GradeBook after the lecture is over.
Online Courses: Complete Assignment for Attendance
If you've decided to skip the lecture for a class, you can give students an assignment to complete instead. With this strategy, you'll likely want to give students more points than you would typically for attendance to motivate them to try on the assignment.
Students will need to submit the assignment before the end of class time (or the time you've decided to allow) for their attendance to be counted. Make sure that the number of questions and level of difficulty aligns with the time the students have to complete the assignment.
Traditional Course: In-Person Lecture
With the new responsive design to the WebAssign student experience, delivering an assignment with a single attendance question can now be easily displayed and answered on devices as small as a smartphone! Here's how to utilize it for your in-person courses:
Tip: If you typically have a lot of students arriving late for class, provide the password within the first five minutes of class to incentivize students to come to class on time.
Lastly, remember that you can use a combination of these strategies if you're teaching a hybrid course or use a different approach for each assignment. Make sure to clearly communicate your attendance policy within your syllabus and we hope you have a great semester!
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