Efficient and Cost-effective Class Attendance Management with a Smartphone-based System

ID: 50988 Type: Full Paper
  1. Eugene Garcia, Hugo Rivera, Nico Ponder, Rita Kuo, and Jun Zheng, New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, United States

Wednesday, March 8 4:15 PM-5:15 PM Location: Capitol A View on map

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Abstract: Many studies show a strong correlation between a student’s attendance and their academic performance. This paper presents a smartphone based attendance tracking system that can quickly and accurately track class attendance in a cost-effective way. The system consists of a mobile application for students, a web application for administrators, and a central server. The mobile application runs on Android and iOS. Students register their attendance by sending a session-specific secret code — either a short numeric password, an alphanumeric password, a pattern, or a QR code. To effectively prevent attendance fraud, the system verifies submissions using information such as time and unique device identifiers. This paper presents an evaluation plan for our attendance tracking system. We wish to qualitatively measure the usability of the application and determine if it helps reduce absenteeism by reminding students of their lecture times and their recent attendance record.


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