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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 FosseyLink opens in a new window

Pete is an Associate Professor in the Academic Development Centre (ADC), in Senate House. He has been an Academic Developer since 2018, and is a Programme Lead on APP TE. He earned his PhD in Philosophy from the University of Warwick in 2015.


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