What happens inside the classroom can be a mystery for the administration in many institutions of Higher Education; it seems that when the door closes only the teacher and the students know how the subject was passed, or if the number of people actually attended which is read in a dubious list written by hand.
The management of the classroom is seen as a rudimentary task and of little value for the development of a professional career, but it is fundamental for every educational institution. Multiple studies show that attendance is strictly related to student retention and, therefore, student success.
Below, we will explain why the attendance tracker and notes can make a noticeable difference.
There are key questions that every department of academic administration must perform:
- How many students attended the class?
- What content was taught?
- Did the students understand these contents?
When the classroom door closes these questions become a mystery, only reflected by documentation that arrives late, in the form of a paper that could be adulterated by a student who wanted to register as a present to a friend.
Class attendance influences variables such as the correct reception of contents and, therefore, the general academic success of an institution.
In the first of the studies presented in the article, the impact of students’ time commitments on the different activities involved in learning was measured, including the class. The study proved that far the most valuable and important time commitment in a course is the face-to-face class, where the student besides attending was cognitively participating in the class. Therefore, in addition to attending classes, it is very important that the contents are passed in a way that causes interest.
Other reports cited in that article portray key data on absenteeism.
- The smaller classes had less absenteeism.
- The more significant the mathematical component of the course, the lower the absenteeism.
- There was more absenteeism in the principles courses than in the higher level courses.
- The better the quality of the instructor, the lower the absenteeism.
In another study of this university, students of a faculty were surveyed in relation to the different dimensions of the class, such as the method of presentation, classroom management, professional skills, the relationship with students and teacher preparation. What drew attention was that the respondents who evaluated the teachers better had fewer absences from the classes.
Understanding is not just classroom work
Being present means for the student the opportunity to process the content and perform the dual encoding; a more formative process, in which different channels of memory interact for the retention of information. The taking of assistance also serves to hold the student responded with the commitment to assist in acquiring the knowledge. Teaching & Learning provides three important tips to encourage students’ responsibility and motivation for their learning process:
Help students understand the importance of assistance
It is necessary to eliminate this myth of control of the class, students should be instructed on the benefits of learning acquired in classes and the saving of extra time that means to obtain a good grade.
That the teacher makes it worthwhile to attend the class
The content alone will not make the class. With the internet, students have a lot of sources to get information, but only a motivating class will make the learning lasting.
Make students responsible for their learning
It is necessary that the student is cognitively present in the class, for this it is necessary to check if he is learning through simple controls and encouraging him to ask questions at the end of the class.
On the other hand, granting tools for the follow-up of the marks will encourage the commitment of the students.
As the studies we review reinforce, it’s not just about attendance; already with the students in the room, check the reception of the contents and keep track of the grades is essential for the objective of the institution of Higher Education, to train students, is realized.
There are several types of evaluation of learning, therefore, the feedback of students and the teacher’s assessment of their performance is very important information for the administrative departments of any educational institution. For this, students are usually surveyed, and teachers, on the other hand, must do a lot of paperwork at the end of the course.
The technology has generated new tools for the control of attendance and the monitoring of the learning that takes place in the classroom. These evaluation tools can be used by both the teacher and the students, and allow constant feedback of what happened class to class.
Studies have shown that classroom management is not a purely administrative element, attendance to classes is directly related to better academic results, and the monitoring of perceptions, both of teachers and students, facilitates administrative departments follow-up of the objectives proposed for the course.
All this information is key for Higher Education institutions to achieve student success.