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Virginia Commonwealth U pilots taking attendance through Wi-Fi

November 25, 2019

Whether attendance should be mandatory in college courses has been a long-standing debate in higher education.

Attendance is a key indicator of student performance, VCU officials wrote on a website detailing the program. And so the school is attempting to monitor attendance by automatically recording a student’s presence in class when they connect to the Wi-Fi through devices, including their phone or laptop.

Faculty can use the data gathered to spot students early on who aren’t attending class, the university noted as one of the technology’s uses.

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