Dongguk University has newly started a smart attendance system from this semester, after the term of trial. To utilize the system, student must use smartphones to login to e-class and get their location tracked using the GPS. Then, the professor gives a code for the students to enter in the system. This makes sure students are in class. Lateness and absence will depend on the time set by the professor. The system was introduced to reduce time for professors to check attendance. Kim Jae-eun, a team member of the Office of Academic Affairs, who is in charge of the system, said, “Some professors brought up problems of calling attendance because it takes too much time especially in lectures with a large number of students. So, the school started this system to shorten the time of checking attendance.”
However, there are some problems coming up as it is a recent system. Kim Jae-eun said, “There were many matters for inquiry at first from professors about not knowing how to use the system. Even though there is a manual and we explained it to the professors during the meeting, this may happened since they are not used to the system."
Some students did not set the GPS on the setting which also made problems and took time during attendance. However, Park Mee Hwa, the research professor of the Convergence Software Institute, teaching a class called “The Understanding of Software” with 180 students attending, said, “I can tell if the student is out of class or if the GPS is not working on their phone. With the help of my teaching assistant, I am able to finish the attendance fast by letting him check on the students, who could not use the system properly. I think it is efficient using this system in a class like mine with large number of students. Still, I do not use this system when it comes to my other classes with a lower number of students.”
Though the system started this semester, some classes do not use it. Kang Dong-kenn, teaching a class named “Introduction to Economics” with 70 students, said, “I do not use the smart attendance system because I did not get a clear notice on how to use it. I would like to try using it, but I do not think that there will be a big difference between using it and just calling out names in time. I think calling every student’s name in the beginning of the class gives me a chance to see my students one more time and it takes a role as communication.” He is planning to keep calling names during attendance time.
Lee Si-woo (Freshman, Department of International Trade), who attends the class “The Understanding of Software,” said, “I only have one class using the smart attendance system. I think that this system is not yet well-known for both professors and students to use properly. It might be useful for a class with more than 50 students, but I am not sure if it is convenient for other classes with a lower number of students.” Since this is just the beginning, the students and professors have different thoughts about the system. Precise guidance is not provided, and it depends on the professor whether or not the new system is going to take effect to the class they teach.
Kim from the office of Academic Affairs mentioned, “It has not been long since the school applied this system, so there may be some difficulties. This is the first semester, so I am not sure about the effectiveness yet. However, we can make up for the weak points and develop this as a more solid system."
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