Questions tagged [attendance]

On students' attendance in classes, seminars and talks.

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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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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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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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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 – ...
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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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My university requires that I take attendance. How should I treat students who arrive late to class?

I might soon teach at a university which requires that I record attendance of students, as follows: Attendance is a requirement for the course. A person with at least 75% of attendance is eligible to ...
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Why would a student go to a lecture at all if everything was in the book already? [duplicate]

Why would a student go to a lecture at all if everything was in the book already? The lectures make sense if and only if the lecturer tells more than in the book(s) and in more detail (or at least,...
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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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How can US faculty verify medical absences?

I recently received a memo stating that I am not allowed to ask for doctor's notes when students are absent from class, as this is allegedly a violation of privacy rights. If this is the case, then ...
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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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How common is mandatory attendance-taking in college courses in US?

A recent SE Academia question asked about how best to implement a university's requirement that the instructor must keep attendance records for all students. The top-voted answer there was to simply ...
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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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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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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 ...