I considered the attendance module but it cannot be added to the system until after the semester is over so I am wondering if there is a way to abuse an existing activity similar to my using a forum as my daily curriculum. It takes some finger calisthenics to set up but once set up is extremely simple.
That said: I presently have students send me an e-mail message with the daily password which is written on the board. The subject lime is coded with CS113pw to tell my outlook to send that message to the PassWord folder. When needed, I sort by name and count the number of entries for the students. The password is included in the subject line.
Now for Moodle. Originally, I figured I would use a forum for this. The student enters the forum and enters the password during each class. The Forum is set up as No Subscription so that notices are not sent out to every student for ever password. Student gets 1 point for each entry. The tally is automatic.
The complication is that the semester has already started. I believe that I cannot set up a forum to No Subscription because students already registered in the course will be subscribed regardless of the setting. Therefore, I cannot create this after the semester has started.
I can create it just before the next semester starts but I would like to have it this year.
Does that help?
If anyone has any suggestions as to how to use a different resource/activity then I an open to new ideas.
There are security problems but they are really not a major issue.