Related links

  1. Professor guide to auto-attendance on Acadly
  2. Student guide to auto-attendance on Acadly
  3. How to collaborate with Class Assistants to record attendance on Acadly
  4. How to export course data from Acadly (includes info about attendance export)

What does check-in mean?

On Acadly, students need to Check In to a class to participate in activities that the professor publishes during the lecture meeting. However, being Checked In does not equate to being Present. In other words, students can check in to a class and participate remotely as well.

To check in to a class, the student needs to tap on the lecture meeting (Class) on their Course Timeline, at which point they are prompted to Check In.

What happens when I use Acadly's auto-attendance

When auto-attendance runs, all students who are inside the classroom will be marked as present. 

  • If a student is checked in remotely, they will stay marked as Checked In
  • If a student is not checked in but is inside the class, they will be marked as Present

So, can I just treat Checked In students as Absent?

Yes.

Will the exported attendance results differentiate between Checked In, Present and Absent?

Yes. In your exported files:

  • Checked In students will be marked as C
  • Present students will be marked as P
  • Absent students will be marked as A
  • Late students will be marked as L
  • Excused students will be marked as E

Fig 1 - Exported attendance file in Acadly. Open in new tab to enlarge.

Attendance statuses on Acadly

There are five 'statuses' in the attendance process -

Absent, when a student does not attend and does not check in to your lecture. This means they can't interact with your activities at all - from inside or outside the classroom.

Checked in, where a student may not be present inside the classroom physically, but they can (although they may not) participate.

Present, where you have verified a student's physical presence. Again, a student who's present can (although they may not) participate.

Late - this status can be assigned by a professor to a student manually.

Excused - this status can be assigned by a professor to a student manually.

There are two ways to verify someone's physical presence -

  1. By doing a manual roll call and tapping on a student's name to mark them present.
  2. By using the Automatic Attendance feature on Acadly to mark students present with a single tap. This works on mesh network based discovery of nearby devices

Fig 2 - Attendance statuses on Acadly, as shown to students

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