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The first time you access Qwickly Attendance, you will need to configure the settings. Instructors can access Qwickly attendance from the Control Panel -> Course Tools menu or by adding a link to the course menu. Initiate the configuration process by clicking the blue BEGIN SETUP button.

  • Choose the style of attendance. 

    • LIST style will display all students.
    • ONE BY ONE will display students one at a time.
    • ACCESSIBILITY MODE will display a complete list of students in alphabetical order; the list is optimized for screen readers.
    • CHECK-IN will default to the student check-in screen for ease of use. 
  • Choose the view preferences to customize how you see the attendance information.

  • Choose the grading method, if any.

    • If you don't want to grade attendance, choose NO GRADEBOOK COLUMN.
    • If you do want to grade attendance, you have two options for tracking points awarded and points subtracted:
      • First, you can create columns for Attendance and Absences. These can be renamed according to your preference.
      • Next, you can decide to award points for the entire term (e.g., 100 points) or per session (e.g., 1 point)
        • Total points will calculate the value using the current number of attendance entries. If you have only 2 entries and one is an absence, then the Total Points value will be 50 (100/2). 
      NOTE: It is not possible to use only one grade center column (e.g., track only absences). If you use any weighted custom status, you must have both grade center columns configured or Qwickly will throw an error each time you attempt to take attendance. If one column is not needed, it can be hidden from view, but the tool requires it for functionality.
  • Choose whether you want to use Check-In, which allows students to self-identify themselves as present in class.

    • If you use the check-in feature, you have the option to use a PIN, which requires students to enter a 4-digit code that is randomized each session.
    • You can also specify the number of minutes that students have to check-in with the PIN and display a countdown timer.
    • The PIN will not automatically display to students. Faculty must tell the students what the PIN is so they can check-in at the designated time. You have the power to override any attendance check-in, if needed.
  • Choose whether to use the absence email notification.

    • Qwickly Attendance will send an automatic email to students when they are marked absent. You can customize this email according to your style or the course.
      • Be sure to keep {-date-} and {-course-} so Qwickly can include the date of the absence and your course information in the email.

  • Choose to add any custom status.
    • By default, Qwickly attendance comes with three statuses: Present, Absent, Excused. UMBC has also added a custom status for Tardy.

    • You can add your own custom status to modify an existing one or create something new. The weighted totals for points and absences in a custom course status must equal 100%. Be sure to click the orange slider on the existing status to disable it.


Limitations of Qwickly

  • Qwickly tools are filtered to the current academic year to streamline efficiency.

Feedback from faculty will help the instructional technology team refine Qwickly's future use every semester.