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Activities: Attendance

Maintained by Picture of Dan Marsden Dan Marsden
A plugin that allows an attendance log to be kept. - includes an optional block for easy access to relevant functions.

The attendance module and block are designed to facilitate keeping an attendance log of the students. The instructor can  set the frequency of their classes (# of days per week & length of course) or create specific sessions. To take attendance, the instructor clicks on the "Update Attendance" button and is presented with a list of all the students in that course, along with configurable options and a Remarks textbox (The default options provided are: Present, Absent, Late & Excused). Instructors can download the attendance for their course in Excel format or text format.

Attendance sessions can also be configured to allow students to submit their record.


This plugin is part of set Attendance.


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Dan Marsden (Lead maintainer)
Artem Andreev: Previous maintainer/developer
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  • Picture of Dan Marsden
    Tue, Feb 3, 2015, 4:59 AM
    Hi Sirisha, I pushed a fix for that into the github repo last week - feel free to get the latest code from there. I'll update the version in the plugins db sometime soon.
  • Picture of Ali Arekat
    Sat, Mar 21, 2015, 2:49 PM
    When I upgraded my system to the latest Moodle version this module stopped its work and is giving me now Internal Server Error!
    Do you have any idea for solving that?
  • Picture of Dan Marsden
    Mon, Mar 23, 2015, 5:30 AM
    Hi Ali,

    there's not enough information in that error for us to help, I'd suggest you try asking for help in the community forums and make sure you have updated your code correctly.
  • Just wondering . . .
    Mon, Mar 23, 2015, 7:21 AM
    I've posted here: last week, and no reply.

    Getting squashed columns in my view of attendance.

  • Just wondering . . .
    Mon, Mar 23, 2015, 7:21 AM
    I've posted here: last week, and no reply.

    Getting squashed columns in my view of attendance.

  • Picture of Greg Young
    Mon, Mar 30, 2015, 1:05 AM
    Getting the following error when making sessions:

    Invalid get_string() identifier: 'export' or component 'attendance'. Perhaps you are missing $string['export'] = ''; in mod/attendance/lang/en/attendance.php?•line 348 of \lib\classes\string_manager_standard.php: call to debugging()
    •line 6971 of \lib\moodlelib.php: call to core_string_manager_standard->get_string()
    •line 88 of \mod\attendance\renderables.php: call to get_string()
    •line 47 of \mod\attendance\renderer.php: call to attendance_tabs->get_tabs()
    •line 235 of \lib\outputrenderers.php: call to mod_attendance_renderer->render_attendance_tabs()
    •line 82 of \mod\attendance\manage.php: call to plugin_renderer_base->render()

    Was getting the: String [export,mod_quiz] is deprecated" error previously but then read that you updated your github to fix this. So got that version and now getting the above error.

    Moodle 2.8.5+
  • Picture of Dan Marsden
    Mon, Mar 30, 2015, 6:16 AM
    That string seems to appear for me - do you have any caching used on your site that may have prevented the language cache from being updated correctly?

    I've also updated the version here in the plugins db so you could try updating again using the version I've just uploaded.
  • Picture of Greg Young
    Mon, Mar 30, 2015, 12:43 PM
    Updated and everything appears to be working fine. Thanks Dan!

    Question: Do you plan to implement exporting of single student reports?
  • Picture of Dan Marsden
    Mon, Mar 30, 2015, 1:46 PM
    Unfortunately I have a very limited amount of time to spend on feature development as a volunteer - it's hard enough keeping up with bug-fixes on the different plugins I support. I'm happy to review patches from the community and/or receive funding for further development.
  • Picture of Alberto Brandi
    Thu, Apr 23, 2015, 4:38 AM
    hello i have installed this plug-in on moodle 2.8.5 and NOT work. When i install from "install now" add on activities click on it ...SERVER ERROR!!!!
  • Picture of Dan Marsden
    Thu, Apr 23, 2015, 8:40 AM
    HI Alberto, that's probably not an issue with the attendance plugin but likely an issue with your server or configuration. Please turn debugging on( to obtain more information then ask for further help in the community forums on
  • Picture of Alberto Brandi
    Sat, Apr 25, 2015, 2:41 PM
    ok but i have to install all the set of Attendance? can you give me the link pease?
  • Picture of Dan Marsden
    Tue, Apr 28, 2015, 6:46 AM
    All the relevant links are provided above. If you continue to experience difficulty, please ask for further help in the community forums.
  • Picture of Chris Clark
    Fri, Jun 26, 2015, 5:17 AM
    Hi Dan,

    Loving the plugin, teachers find it very easy to keep track of students.

    I do have one question about the visibility of groups in my scenario:

    A teacher is in multiple groups.
    There are multiple attendance module instances with access restriction limiting them by group.
    Each individual instance only has sessions setup for a single group at a time.
    students are only ever in a single group.

    When a teacher enters and individual instance of the attendance module the filtering defaults to common if they are part of multiple groups and the list contains every group they are a part of.

    I'm wondering if it's possible to have this list only contain the groups that are involved in the instances sessions rather than every group a facilitator is a part of.

    Slightly unrelated but, is there any setup that can have teachers only able to view the sessions of groups they are members of?

    Thanks for your time

  • Picture of Dan Marsden
    Fri, Jun 26, 2015, 5:42 AM
    HI Chris,

    great to hear you find the plugin useful - Kudos goes to Artem for the work he did creating the plugin.

    Feature improvement is not something I am able to spend much time on as a volunteer, however many other people have contributed significant patches with various improvements. If you have someone internally that is able to help add the improvements you require I'm happy to review those changes for inclusion in the core version. Alternatively you could try contracting a Moodle Partner to help make the changes for you (I work for the Moodle Partner Catalyst IT)
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