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Depending on whether you are using the Original Course or the Ultra Course, the path to access the Blackboard Attendance tool will vary.

Original Course

  • Go to Control Panel > Course Tools.
  • Select Attendance.
  • If this is the first time you are accessing the tool, click Add Attendance to configure.


After you configure the attendance tool, an attendance column appears in the Grade Center, but you will mark attendance from Control Panel > Course Tools > Attendance.

Ultra Course

  • On the Course Content page, select Mark attendance in the Details & Actions panel.
  • If this is the first time you are accessing the tool, click Add Attendance to configure.

After you configure the attendance tool, an attendance column appears in the gradebook, but you will mark attendance from Course Content -> Attendance.

Setting Up Blackboard Attendance

When you access the attendance feature for the first time, you decide if you want to add attendance to the Grade Center.

  1. On the Attendance page, select Add Attendance and the Settings panel opens.
  2. If desired, change the default settings for the grade display and for Late in the grade schema. You can't change the percentages for Present and Absent at this time. 
  3. Save your settings or close the panel if you don't want to make changes. 

An attendance column appears in the Grade Center, but you mark attendance from Control Panel > Course Tools > Attendance.

At any time, you can change the schema in the Settings panel, save, and then refresh the page. You'll see your newly selected schema reflected in the grade pills on the Attendance page in the Overall view.



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