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Canvas provides  an attendance marking tool called Roll Call. To enable Roll Call make sure that Attendance is available on your course left-hand menu (full instructions on editing your left-hand menu can be found here).

To avoid Attendance calculation errors, never modify, delete, rename, or unpublish the Attendance assignment.

Upon entering the Attendance Tool, you will see your class roster. You are brought to the current date but can easily toggle through days or review a specific date by using the calendar in the top right of the tool.


You can quickly mark all students as present or unmark all students with buttons at the top.  You can also individually mark students with the following:

  • Present - This gives the student a score of 100%
  • Absent - This gives the student a score of 0%
  • Late - By default this gives the students a score of 80% but this percentage can be adjusted to a percentage of your choosing.  To adjust the percentage for Late enter the Roll Call   Settings through the Gear in the top right.


You could use the Late marking in the Roll Call Tool to deduct points from those students who are present in class but may not be actively participating as much as you desired.


Each time you mark off a student in Roll Call their grade updates by taking the average of all their attendance so far. This grade will update each time you change a student's marking or add a new attendance marking. To prevent the students from being notified after every attendance, you can mute the Roll Call Attendance assignment in your Gradebook. Because attendance is treated as an assignment in Canvas, the Roll Call Attendance Assignment, you can also add the attendance grade to an Assignment Group of your choosing. 

Canvas Community Resources

VideoCanvas Attendance Tool

What is the Roll Call Attendance Tool?

How do I take roll call using the Attendance Tool?

How the Roll Call Attendance Tool grades

How to run a Roll Call Attendance Report

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