On students' attendance in classes, seminars and talks.

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How long should you wait for a professor who's late for class? [closed]

I've heard that you should wait 15 minutes for a professor who is late to a class, before leaving. Some of my classmates have said that the 15 minute rule is only for professors without PhD's, and ...
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Why do some instructors care so much about attendance?

It seems that in higher education, some instructors either do not care at all whether students attend, and others care minimally (often resulting in a 1-5% attendance grade or tie-breaker rule). ...
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How to deal with dramatic drop in grade due to strict attendance policy [closed]

I'm currently taking a required class where attendance is counted at 15% of the grade. The policy is that if a student misses more than 2 lectures, they lose all 15% of those points. The class ...
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Is there anything a student could or should do about a professor who gives lectures so dry that less than 10% of the class turn up?

He's clearly a very nice man, but his delivery is reasonably monotonous, and his lecture material is reams and reams of definitions and rules. I make sure to attend every lecture, and try my best to ...
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In case of in-lecture quizzes, is it unreasonable to fail students who are late or absent?

I am teaching a large undergraduate class this semester. One day a week (same day every week) we have a quiz. The syllabus doesn't specify at what moment of the class period the quiz will be given. It ...
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Failing a student for attendance or grade?

My problem is pretty weird to describe. This semester I didn't keep track of student attendance in classes because the university system didn't become functional until two weeks before the end of the ...
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Should I tell the instructor that I will miss the next class?

I have an interview scheduled at the same time as a class, and I'm wondering if I should tell the professor in advance that I won't be attending class that day. The class is important to me, but the ...
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What are some good ways to keep students coming to lectures? [duplicate]

Having taught calculus for several semesters, I've noticed that the number of students attending lectures are gradually declining (especially for the 9am session). I would not be worried if they have ...
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What are some good ways to keep students coming to lectures?

Having taught calculus for several semesters, I've noticed that the number of students attending lectures are gradually declining (especially for the 9am session). I would not be worried if they have ...
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How to keep track of attendance and student-submitted excuses for absences?

I will be teaching an introductory class, in which attendance is important, with approximately 60 students in 3 sections. I'd like to have a system that: Enables me to quickly mark whether a ...
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Ask a professor to attend a conference

I am an undergraduate student. In about a month, there will be a conference a professor of mine suggested that I go to. The subject of the conference is part of his research field and I am interested ...
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Should I apologize to my professor for not attending a lecture?

Long story short, I was unable to attend a lecture of a course I'm interested in. I met my professor directly at her office and asked questions and extra material for her course. Moreover since I'm ...
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Is it better to go to class, or watch the recorded lectures?

I'm in a large class where lectures are recorded and posted online. The lectures are difficult enough that I benefit a lot from being able to pause the videos and stare at the slides for a few ...
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Is it appropriate to attend a class one is not registered for?

Is it appropriate for a student to attend a class s/he is not registered for? I am a CS student and I am almost done with my degree, but there are some very interesting electives that I will not get ...
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Is it fine to cancel class on days before national holidays, due to low attendance?

So, thanksgiving break is coming up. On my campus, a large portion of the students leave early Wednesday to get back home. The break doesn't officially start until Thursday, but since that is the ...
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Is it fair to punish absent students with a one-question exam?

I recently came across a post (that I won't disclose because it contains the professor's last name): Attendance in this course was regularly low, so the professor used a one-question exam to punish ...
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What can I do, as a student who dislikes attending class in a program where attendance is compulsory? [closed]

I don't know whether this is the right place for my question but I didn't find any other SE website to which I may ask this question. I am currently enrolled in a college in India. But the problem ...
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Why only medicine lectures are closed to the public?

In a coment, David Richerby pointed out that in his university in the UK everybody was entitled to attend to any lectures, except for Medicine. I have also found that Dusseldorf has the same policy, ...
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Relation of lecture mandatory attendance and lecture quality

My university recently made a direction that lectures attendance is mandatory. Now my question is, are there any studies that compare mandatory and not mandatory lectures quality? The university is ...
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What can we do to increase student engagement?

My University has recently started recording lectures and posting them online. We have also, in the past few years, noticed a considerable drop in lecture attendance across the whole Physics and ...
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Professor only teaches what is already in textbook. Should I quit going to the lectures?

I've become quite upset with how lectures for my courses are conducted. Everyday, I attend lectures where the teacher simply writes definitions and theorems on the board straight from one of our ...
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Under what circumstances would a lecturer 'bump up' a student to pass?

When would someone marking papers (lecturer, etc.) bump a student from just below pass up to the pass line? Do teachers consider things like attendance? Regardless of the consideration (attendance, ...
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How to encourage seminar attendance?

My research lab organizes monthly “internal” seminars, where we give the opportunity to talk to PhD students around the middle of their PhD, as well as newly arrived post-docs (who can talk about what ...
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Attendance recording software [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What systems are most effective for monitoring student attendance? I'm looking for a simple software package, or online service, whereby teachers can record any students ...
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Monitoring students in the lab

My professor recently had a problem, and he asked me for my help to solve it, and of course I ask for yours. He was made the School of Engineering Dean, an while it sounds important it takes most of ...
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What systems are most effective for monitoring student attendance?

I work in the Computing and Mathematics School at my university (UK). This year the School has adopted a fairly aggressive policy regarding student attendance. If a student has a poor – or zero – ...