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What is it?

The Attendance module allows course administrators and tutors to take attendance during a class and also has the option for students to mark/view their own attendance for each of their modules.

A teacher can mark the attendance status of a student as "Present", "Absent", "Late", or "Excused". These status descriptions are configurable, and more can be added if required. The teacher adds the activity to the course and then creates the dates they would like to monitor.

For quick access, course administrators and tutors can also add the Attendance block to their Moodle course. It also provides students with a summary report of their attendance. Students' attendance can also appear as an item in the Gradebook.

Why use it?

 It provides a quick and easy way to take attendance, with all data being stored in one place. The Attendance module can generate reports for either the entire class and individual students. Students may also see their own attendance record if the activity is not hidden.

Who can use it?

 Course admins and tutors.

Before I start...

 If you expect your students to note their own attendance, inform your cohort(s) of this prior to your sessions.

How do I set one up?

  1. Go to your Moodle course and Turn editing on
  2. From the Add an activity drop down select Attendance
  3. Provide a name
  4. If you would like to have this activity as an item in the Gradebook, from the Type drop-down, select Scale and then the relevant option. If you do not want this to be a grade book item, select None for Type
  5. Save your changes

Adding slots 

You can now add the dates

  1.  Click on the Attendance link on your Moodle course page.
  2. Click on the second tab; Add Session.
  3. Complete the fields as required. Note that there is an option for students to self-report their attendance.

Once the session is active, you can then begin taking attendance. On your Moodle course, click on the link, and then the green circle to the right of the class date. On the Attendance block, click on Take attendance.

You will then have the list of enrolled students on your course. To the right of each student, you will have a radio button for each option

  • P= Present
  • L= Late
  • E= Excused
  • A= Absent

Select the relevant choice for each student. There is also a free text box which you can add comments for each student. Once you have completed this, click Save attendance.

You also have the option of amending these choices, and adding additional options by clicking on the Settings tab at the top of the page. You can also change the grade appointed to each option.

You may find it useful to export the data for any sessions that have taken place.

  1. Click on the attendance link on your Moodle course
  2. From the tabs across the top, select Export
  3. Amend the fields as required and click Ok

Further help

Further guidance on Attendance activity is available from moodledocs.

If you find any inaccurate or missing information you can even update this yourself (it's a communal wiki).

If you have a specific question about the tool please contact the Digital Education team.


  • Unless you want to award marks for attendance, be sure to set the Grade to 'None'. Otherwise,e it defaults to 2.

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