Use the Attendance Tool

Find the Attendance Tool

Attendance can be found under the Course Tools heading in your course navigation bar.

Course Tools heading, attendance highlighted

If you have not used the attendance tool in your course before, you will need to click the ADD ATTENDANCE button on the attendance page to enable Blackboard's attendance tracking.

Add Attendance button

Attendance Settings

The Attendance tool has 4 potential states -- present, late, absent, and excused (absent). On the Attendance Settings panel, you may enter the percentage of the possible attendance points a student would earn for each of these states.

By default, present earns 100%, late earns 50%, and absent earns nothing.

If you wish to include a points percentage with excused absences, click the toggle at the bottom of the table. 

Attendance values table

If you do NOT want to use attendance for grading, click the grading toggle.

Grading toggle, on position

Finally, you may set the grading scale that students will see for attendance on their grades page -- Letter, Points, or Percentage.

select grading scale options

Add Attendance Meeting

To add a meeting (or class session) to the attendance table, navigate to the Overall Attendance page. Put your mouse pointer on the line where you wish to add a date, then click the ADD (+) button when it appears.

Animation of pointing to line between two meeting dates, + button being clicked

Your new meeting will have the same date as the previous meeting. To change the meeting date, click the date, choose EDIT MEETING.

Meeting menu, edit meeting selected

Then select an appropriate date from the DATE PICKER

date picker