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Promoting Student Attendance

Low attendance at lectures and seminars is not a new phenomenon, though there is a general feeling (supported by some evidence) that non-attendance is becoming more widespread, with more students failing to attend, and on a more regular basis. Who is not turning up to class, and why? What effect is it having on their education? Should we, as educators, look to reduce rates of non-attendance? And if so, how should we do it?

In this workshop we will examine evidence regarding the causes and effects of non-attendance, in order to understand why non-attendance is such a ubiquitous part of the student experience, and what it means for individual students and lecturers. We will consider non-attendance as an aspect of the students' response to the educational environment provided by the university, and what the spread of non-attendance means for the future of higher education.

Last but not least, we will discuss possible measures to reduce non-attendance or mitigate its effects, through design of modules and courses, working on student perception of lectures and seminars, face-to-face work in the classroom, and extending the classroom.

Alignment to UKPSF: A1, A2, A4, K2, K3, K4, V1, V3


Time: 16:00 - 17:00, plus approx one hour of asynchronous prep work beforehand

Date: 10th June

Venue: Online (Joining Instructions are on the Course Directory page)

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Dr. Peter Fossey

Pete is a Senior Teaching Fellow, working in the Academic Development Centre (ADC), in Senate House.

He completed his PhD in Philosophy at the University of Warwick in 2015, and has experience in lecturing, programme management and curriculum design.