I need to keep attendance in Blackboard Learn, does anyone have program that works in Blackboard?
To complement Eric's answer there is also a freemimum building block developped by Protos : http://www.prot-os.com/en/attendance-control/ (I've tested it a couple of months ago and here is the feedback https://community.blackboard.com/ideas/1010#comment-3601 )
Another option I've seen is to set a test for each session protected with a password and IP filter, and at some point during the class the professor opens the test so everyone answers to one question "are you present in class today ? yes / no" and one point for each yes answer and a calculated column in the grade center to add up all sessions. You may even create those tests in a template course and then use this template to create all courses so professors don't have to create the test and calculated column themselves.
I hope this helps !
Blackboard is working on an attendance feature so stay put
Thank you this was very helpful.
Thank you for this information. I will check it out.
Hey, by the way, I just saw this in my notifications : here is a glimpse of what the Product team is working on for attendance ! August 16th Recording thanks Marissa Dimino for sharing it !
Was there any information about when Blackboard might be targeting the attendance tracking feature for release? Thanks.
For quite some time we've used the Free buliding block created by Baylor University - it isn't super feature rich but it works, is free, and is available now.
While waiting for Blackboard's attendance feature, you might also wish to check out Qwickly, they make a great product and have a working attendance tool for sale.
My university has recently purchased Qwickly (Qwickly | Blackboard Building Block ) for taking attendance through Blackboard. It seems to be very well received by our faculty.
We do not use Bb to record attendance. We contracted StarFish who has an enterprise software system that includes the ability to record attendance.
We are also using Starfish for F2F attendance tracking and our online campus verifies attendance criteria via Learner Intelligence/A4L advising reports.
We have used a short test (about 3 questions) Blackboard to keep attendance. The Blackboard test is password protected. So the students can only do the test if they have a password, and that password is given to them during the class. The test is only open during the class. It is not a perfect system as it is possible for students to message the password to other students during the class and the student can quickly do the test. But we have not had that problem, it has worked quite well for us.
Hope this helps.
Qwickly Attendance has received a fairly big update today, including enhanced grade center syncing, customization to build in statuses, better error handling and the ground-work of an export option to Starfish Retention solutions. It might be a good time to take a look at Qwickly Attendance and give it a try! Take a look at all the changes in our latest blog post.
I thought I would provide an update on Qwickly Attendance because we've been receiving a couple of requests consistently from Blackboard clients that will now be possible going into the new year.
First - version 3.5.1 of Qwickly now includes card reader mode for Qwickly Attendance. This allows you to use your existing institution ID cards and even your own USB card readers if you like. This is great for large classes.
Second, dozens of schools have asked about taking attendance for a subset of students within a course. For ease on the faculty, many schools either merge enrollments into a single course or use the Blackboard merge section functionality. Because Qwickly Attendance uses the roster of the course your in, this presents a challenge when you have multiple sections of students in the same Blackboard course.
Starting in version 3.6, which will be released in January, instructors will be able to split attendance taking by merged sections or groups in the course. This doesn't change anything if the course is a single course, but adds power to those courses who have merged enrollments.
Hi Grace, I just wanted to notify you that One Tap Check In is also a popular attendance software that professors are enjoying to keep track of attendance of their students.
Check it out when you have the opportunity!
In the December 12, 2017 Blackboard Roadmap presentation, the Q1-Q2 2018 Attendance feature was discussed. I believe the link for the recorded Roadmap presentation is available at:
I'm able to find some additional information on the Blackboard Help site at:
Attendance | Blackboard Help
But I'm still not quite sure I understand how "taking attendance" is supposed to work in Blackboard? I think as an instructor I can check the Retention Center and see things like "Last Login," but if I'm taking attendance in an online course, I'm not quite sure how I'm able to tell if a student has logged in and accessed the course on a specific day or time without running one of the Evaluation + Course Reports.
So does anyone know how the "Attendance" piece is going to work in Blackboard for online courses? For example, when I open up the Attendance feature in Blackboard, does it automatically log in the system whether or not my student is logged in and show that to me somewhere in the Attendance page or area so that I can manually mark the student as "present" or "absent" or "late?"
If you need a reliable, working solution that is available now, I highly recommend Qwickly Attendance. We were up and running immediately and there is almost no learning curve on the admin side and the end-user side. Should you need support, everyone at Qwickly goes out of their way to make sure you get what you need. I can't say enough good things about the product, the company, and the people who run the company.
Hi to all,
The new release for SaaS clients 3300.6.0 that is currently being deployed for test and staging environments has the new Attendance tool included which is associated with the grade center via a grade column my guess is that this option could most likely be included on our 2018 Q2 release for non SaaS Clients.
How do you protect with a password and IP filter?
Password I understand but IP filter?
You can enter your school's range of IP addresses (to restrict students who are not on campus from being able to participate in the test)...you'll see that in the test options.
Qwickly attendance is the premier product, fully mature and works immediately and with ease. Better yet, they have just recently release an LTI version...the cost is minimal, but worth every penny - and you can't possible get better customer support.
We've been using Qwickly attendance since I moved over to SaaS - our faculty LOVE it. I have looked at the new Bb version of attendance - it's very Meh!
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