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: 15:00 - 17:00
Date: 6th November