Taking Roll

Getting back to school during a pandemic has already been quite a ride—full of ups, downs, and unexpected twists and turns. And undergraduate classes don’t meet until later this week.

If you are trying to figure out the best way to take attendance in your Fall course, we have posted video demonstrations of 3 ways to take attendance with Zoom and Canvas, the technology you already plan to use in your class this Fall.

  • You can use Zoom session reports (PDF) to see who’s attended. This four-step process is probably the most straightforward solution for large, fully virtual classes.
  • Canvas has a built-in roll call attendance tool that allows instructors to manual record who is present. This might be the simplest solution if you are teaching a small face-to-face or discussion class.
  • You can also create a series of quizzes to ensure your students are attending class. The benefit of using quizzes is its flexibility: you can  do knowledge checks, give credit for attendance and participation, or get student feedback with this method.

You have a lot to juggle this semester, but Teaching & Learning Technologies is here to help you with a Beginning of Semester Checklist, our Keep Teaching with Canvas resource.

We continue to offer our Canvas 1-2-3 training workshops as well as back-to-school sessions such as Attendance Tracking. Visit our training calendar to learn more and sign up: https://canvas-support.emory.edu/training/workshops.html

Finally, instead of offering back-to-school drop-in sessions in person, Teaching & Learning Technologies staff will be available via Zoom on Tuesday, August 18th, and Wednesday, August 19th. Available appointment times can be viewed at http://it.emory.edu/canvasappointments.

We hope you have a great Fall Semester!

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