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Nicole Sandoval
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Hi All,

I have two sections of small group communication. All students are required to be in small groups the entire semester. I use the "groups" function in canvas where all groups essentially get their own "group shells." 

I require students to hold weekly group meetings. Attending weekly group meetings is on the honor system. I do not currently offer points to attend weekly group meetings. Most students attend the weekly meetings. Some do not. I would like to hold students accountable for attending weekly group meetings. I do not attend the weekly group meetings. That is time the groups set aside to work on their group projects.

I am considering offering points for students to attend weekly group meetings, however, I have no way of tracking attendance within the "group shells." There is no "Attendance" tool on the left-hand side menu inside of the "group shells" for students to use. I understand there is the "Attendance" tool I can add to my course shell, but I am the only one with access to it. I would like students to be able to track group attendance electronically within canvas if possible. 

How can I have students track group attendance for weekly group meetings? I would like to do this electronically in canvas as opposed to making the "leader" of each group take attendance manually and be responsible for posting attendance each week in their group shell. 

Any ideas?

Thank you for your time,

Nicole

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Aaron Garner
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Nicole,

If the meetings are in Zoom, you can go into the "Previous Meetings" tab  and click on the report link which will show who attended and for how long.  To my knowledge, Canvas doesn't have a way to track that information.

Aaron

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Nicole Sandoval
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Hi Aaron,

Each group decides on the best way to meet. Sometimes it is Zoom, sometimes it is Discord, sometimes Facetime, etc. I don't hold the meetings. The class is asynchronous. 

I appreciate your response. Have a restful winter break. 

Nicole

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You may not want the extra work, but you could make them hold the meetings in Zoom and have them tell you when they are.  Then you could just start the meeting, and assign hosting rights to a student.  This way you can go back and see who attended and for how long.

If there were many meetings per week this might not be practical, but just a thought.  It's only a minute to start a meeting and assign hosting rights to someone else in the group.

Just a thought,

Aaron

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Vivie Sinou
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Nicole,

You may want to require students to submit Group Weekly Check-ins (say on Fridays) on their group work. You can give them 1 point for it. Low-stakes, but required. Make it a graded survey.

You wouldn't need to grade them and add to your workload, but it would hold them accountable and you'd catch any red flags about weak group dynamics. 

Something along these lines....

Group Checkin Survey - Week 1
Group Checkin Survey - Week 2
etc.

Every group would complete the SAME survey weekly. 

You can have a couple of simple questions, plus a group selection.

Here is an example... 

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Attached is the export of the above, in case this idea is helpful.

Cheers,

 

Vivie

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Nicole Sandoval
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Vivie!

Great idea! Hands clapping 😀 

Thank you. I wish you a restful winter break.

Nicole

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