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Postgraduate Student Attendance: Face-to-Face vs. Online

Postgraduate Student Attendance: Face-to-Face vs. Online
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Author(s): Stephen Burgess (Victoria University, Australia) and Paul Darbyshire (Victoria University, Australia)
Copyright: 2006
Pages: 4
Source title: Emerging Trends and Challenges in Information Technology Management
Source Editor(s): Mehdi Khosrow-Pour, D.B.A. (Information Resources Management Association, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59904-019-6.ch084
ISBN13: 9781616921286
EISBN13: 9781466665361


Over the last few years we seem to be experiencing a phenomenon of dropping attendance rates in classes. Anecdotal evidence suggests that this seems to be widespread, and not restricted to just undergraduate classes. Whether this phenomenon is linked to increasing student employment rates or some other societal direction not yet evident, the trend is a matter of concern. Student progression rates are under question and these are becoming a target for monitoring by University management. While some studies question the importance of attendance as a factor in progression rate statistics, it does seem to contribute somewhat to the problem. Attendance in online classes becomes particularly important due to the essentially isolated nature of the student from the standard university environment and the general fast pace of these classes. In this paper we document two approaches to the attendance problem, for an online and on ground course, both at the postgraduate Masters level.

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