I have been using the rubric in Blackboard to record absences. There are advantages to keeping this data in Blackboard. I have heard another option is to record each day as a separate grading column and there are some advantages to that. However, due to the simplicity of presentation to the student, only having to deal with one column during the semester and only having to reference one column for calculated columns, I am going to stick to this method this semester.
There is some setup involved but it can be made easier by following this trial and error advice: Continue reading