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How do I make the existing attendance activity graded? [Moodle version 3.2]


This FAQ will walk you through updating the settings for the existing attendance activity so that the system grades it for you. By default, the attendance activity is not set to be graded.

To change the attendance activity settings such that it calculates a grade, you can follow the steps below. Moodle grades the attendance by allotting each attendance session two points. Each student can then earn the following:

  • Present – 2 points out of 2 points possible
  • Late – 1 point out of 2
  • Excused – 1 out of 2
  • Absent – 0 out of 2

For example:

If you have 16 attendance sessions, and student A has an attendance record of 13 P, 1 L, and 2 A, they would have earned 27 out of 32 points which is an 84.375 (27/32).

If you had told Moodle that the attendance activity was worth 100 points, that 84.375 is the grade that Moodle would put in the gradebook for the Attendance activity. If the activity was set-up to be out of a different number of points, say 20, the system would display a grade of 84.375% of 20 points which is 16.875 in the gradebook.

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  1. From the main page of your course, click on the gray ‘Edit’ gear wheel in the upper right corner.
  2. From the drop-down menu that appears, click the ‘Turn editing on’ option.
  3. Once the editing is on, locate the existing ‘Attendance’ activity.
  4. Click the ‘Edit’ drop-down menu to the right of the activity.
  5. From the options that appears, select the ‘Edit settings’ option.
  6. On the attendance activity settings page, expand the ‘Grades’ option.
  7. Change the ‘Type’ from ‘None’ to ‘Point.’
  8. Enter the grade for ‘Maximum grade.’
  9. Then scroll down and click the ‘Save and return to course’ button.
  10. Now the next time you enter attendance for a class session, the system will generate the grade from all of the existing data. The system-generated attendance grades will not appear in the gradebook until you have entered attendance for a class session AFTER you have updated the settings.

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