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Using You-Attend in D2L

​​The attendance register You-Attend can be used to track class attendance with options for manual entry and online classes. It can also connect to a gradebook in D2L.


Switching to the Default Navigation Bar and Homepage

In order to access You-Attend, the different default course navigation bar must be in use.  If you are tracking attendance for an online class you will also need to change the Default Homepage and/or add the You-Attend widget to the homepage.

  1. Select Edit Course from the Navigation Bar.
  2. Select Course Administration from the dropdown menu.
  3. Select Navigation & Themes.
  4. In "Active Navbar" use the dropdown menu to select Default Navbar - with YouAttend.
  5. Select Apply to save changes
    Below are the additional step necessary if you want YouAttend to automatically calculate attendance for and Online class.
  6. Select Edit Course from the Navigation Bar
  7. Select Course Administration from the dropdown menu.
  8. Select Homepages
  9. In "Active Homepage use the dropdown menu to select Course Homepage w/NEWS and YouAttend.
  10. Select Apply to save changes


Setting up Online Attendance 

Record attendance for online classes by automatically tracking student entries into the course.

  1. Select More in the course navigation bar. 
  2. Select Attendance.
  3. Course Settings will pop up in a new window. Within "General Settings", select the Start Date box.  
  4. Enter a date to begin attendance tracking by typing or selecting the dropdown arrow in the box to bring up a calendar.
  5. Select the End Date box. Enter a date to end attendance tracking. 
  6. Select Online from the "Record Type" dropdown menu. A textbox for “Number of Entries Per Week” will appear.
  7. In the textbox, enter the number of times students will need to enter the course each week to receive credit.
  8. NOTE: Choosing the Online record type counts the number of times students access a course on different days, so accessing the course twice on the same day would only count as one entry. This record type does not track the completion of activities. It is recommended that faculty establish clear expectations for attendance with students to maintain accurate attendance records.

  9. (Optional) Alter the "Attendance Codes" and percentage values to edit tracking for attendance, absences, and tardies.
  10. Locate “Entry Options” and select the checkbox for “Use Simple Entry Method”
  11. Select the Save button

Setting up Manual Attendance 

Record attendance by manually tracking student entries to the course.

  1. Select More in the course navigation bar.
  2.  Select Attendance.
  3. Course Settings will pop up in a new window. Under General Settings, select the Start Date box.
  4. Enter a date to begin attendance tracking by typing or selecting the dropdown arrow in the box to bring up a calendar.
  5. Select the End Date box. Enter a date to end attendance tracking.  
  6. Select Manual from the Record Type dropdown menu. The days of the week will appear with checkboxes.
  7. Select the checkboxes for the days the class meets.
  8. Enter any Excluded Dates, like holidays, by selecting the “Add Date” link.
  9. (Optional) Alter the "Attendance Codes" and percentage values to record attendance, absences, and tardies.
  10. Locate “Entry Options” and select the checkbox for “Use Simple Entry Method”
  11. Select Save.

Connecting Attendance to the Gradebook 

Connecting Attendance to the gradebook will automatically transfer tracked attendance to a Grade Item. The grade is calculated based on the values provided in other fields during setup.

  1. After setting up either Manual or Online attendance tracking, locate the “Grade Book Integration” section.
  2. Select the checkbox for "Create Grade Book Entry". Three new fields will appear.
  3. (Optional) Enter a new name for the gradebook item. "Attendance" will automatically populate in the "Entry Name" field.
  4. Enter the number of points to be received per student entry in the "Points per Entry" field.
  5. Enter the total number of attendance points students can achieve in the "Max Grade Book Points" field. To calculate this, select the Calculate Max GB Points button and enter the number that appears.
  6. Select the checkbox next to “Use Auto-adjusting Grade Item Denominator?” This will automatically adjust the attendance grade in conjunction with the classes that have run, so students do not see zeroes for entries that have not yet occurred.
  7. Select Save.