1. What you need (infrastructure)
Being connected to the internet is mandatory.
Being connected via WiFi improves the accuracy of the process, but it is NOT mandatory. The process can rely solely on Bluetooth, even if your students are connected to the internet via their mobile data/ LTE/ 3G/ 4G connection.
Everyone needs to give their app the permissions it asks for.
2. Important points about the attendance process
There are four attendance statuses on Acadly - Present, Absent, Late, and Excused. When you use auto-attendance, Acadly will only mark students who are actually in your proximity as Present.
Attendance records can be manually modified any time after the class meeting ends too
You can add an Assistant to your class, who can record attendance on your behalf. This is a great way to collaborate with TAs and co-instructors, so that you can focus on sharing activities while they take care of attendance. You can learn more about this here.
Figure 1 - Attendance statuses on Acadly
Possible attendance statuses in Acadly, and their meanings:
Present: The student is inside the classroom. This status is assigned to students only after they are verified by the professor using auto-attendance or by manual editing of the attendance statuses.
Absent: The student is verified as not being inside the class. Any student with no attendance status assigned to them show up as Absent in the exported statistics.
Late: Professors can manually mark students as late for tardiness. This status is not assigned by Acadly automatically.
Excused: Professors can manually mark students as excused from attending class. This status is not assigned by Acadly automatically.
3. What you need to do
There are two ways to record attendance on Acadly.
Option 1: Schedule Automatic Attendance for upcoming classes
This option is available only in Acadly Pro courses right now. If you're using a Basic (regular) course on Acadly, please skip to option 2.
Step 1: Go to the course timeline on Acadly
Step 2: Select the upcoming class you want to schedule auto-attendance for
Step 3: Go to the Attendance tab on top
Step 4: Tap on "Schedule Auto-Attendance" button
The "Schedule Auto-Attendance" button is shown only in an upcoming lecture. If a lecture is in progress (or in the past), this option will not be available.
Step 5: Select your preferred option of auto-attendance
There are 4 possible options for scheduling auto-attendance:
Anytime during the class: Auto-attendance runs anytime during the lecture, at random. This is the least predictable and thereby the most foolproof option.
In the first 10 minutes: Auto-attendance runs in the first 10 minutes of the lecture. This is predictable over time.
In the las 10 minutes: Auto-attendance runs in the last 10 minutes of the lecture. This is predictable over time
Select a time: You can also select the exact time at which the attendance process should begin. This is predictable over a number of classes.
Step 6: Select all the future classes you'd like to schedule attendance for
Step 7: You're set! Enjoy zero-tap attendance tracking for your classes.
You can edit the scheduled attendance anytime before the lecture begins
You can also start auto-attendance any time during class by going to the attendance tab during class hours
Option 2: Start Auto-Attendance inside the class
Step 1: Open the Acadly App on your mobile phone
Both you and your students need the Acadly app (Android or iOS) for the automatic attendance feature to work. For professors using Acadly Pro or Acadly Enterprise, you can use the auto-attendance feature on the web browser app too.
Step 2: Follow the process described here
Figure 2 - Auto-Attendance process for professors
Auto-attendance process for instructors
Tap on the lecture on the course timeline
The lecture will now be in session. Now, tap on the Attendance tab to switch to it.
Tap on the START button to initiate the auto-attendance process.
Read the on-screen instructions out loud to students. Please emphasize that they must have the app installed and should open it at this point.
Your device will try to discover students in your proximity. You can continue teaching. Do not lock your phone.
Once the process ends, tap EXIT. You can abort the process manually as well.
On the attendance screen, you will now see students' updated attendance statuses.
You can tap the EDIT button to manually change students' attendance statuses.
After the lecture ends, you can export attendance results to a CSV file (available for everyone) or to the LMS gradebook (available for Enterprise customers only).
4. NEXT: Read and share the student guide to auto-attendance with your class
Here's the Student Guide to Auto-Attendance. Please read this to understand how the attendance process works for students, and share it with your students to ensure things go smoothly.
5. Common reasons for failures
A student may not be discovered if:
They aren't using the app
They haven't given the app the necessary permissions
They have their Bluetooth (in case of iOS) or GPS (in case of Android) manually switched off. They will receive a warning about this, though (read Student Guide).
They weren't connected to the internet when the process began
It is recommended that students have their app open and in the foreground when you start the process since this helps the discovery process. However, this is not mandatory.
If you have WiFi available, it's better if the class uses it. This is not mandatory though. The process can rely solely on Bluetooth, even if your students are connected to the internet via their mobile data/ LTE/ 3G/ 4G connection.
7. Exporting Attendance Data
Please refer to this Help Center article about exporting your data from Acadly.
Figure 3 - Exported attendance data (CSV file). The 4 attendance statuses and the aggregate percentages are highlighted. Open in new tab to enlarge.
8. Try it out!
During your first lecture, run the process a few times so that students understand what they need to do. By the second or third lecture, the accuracy should reach a satisfactory level.