App makes skipping class undetected a lot harder

Source:Global Times Published: 2019/3/14 17:33:35

App makes skipping class undetected a lot harde

An instructor gives a lecture at Hangzhou Dianzi University in Zhejiang Province on Wednesday. Source: Pear Video

Skipping class without getting caught just got a lot harder for students at an East China university after the school developed an app designed to improve attendance.

At the beginning of a class, professors at Hangzhou Dianzi University in Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province use the app to generate a four-digit code that is valid for only 30 seconds. Students in the class are required to enter the code in their version of the mobile phone app. 

Students that don't comply receive a phone call and message urging them to get to class ASAP. A student's advisor will also be notified their protégé has gone AWOL.

A student surnamed Yang missed a class and received an automated call of a woman's soft voice reminding him that low attendance could result in a failing grade. 

The automated call will change the calling number so that students cannot avoid the AI reminder unless they do not answer any incoming call, student Wu Yuqi told Pear Video. 

Attendance has increased by 7 percent since the system was implemented in half of the courses at the university about two weeks ago, a school official told the local newspaper Qianjiang Evening News. 

Taking attendance for a 100-student class used to take about 10 minutes, but the app cut that to less than a minute, the official said. 

The system may guarantee that students sit in the classroom. The instructor is in charge of how engaging the lecture is and how much they really learn, said a teacher.

"I am glad I have already graduated," a netizen joked. 

Global Times


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