It’s important for us to know if you’ve attended lectures, seminars or classes in person or online so we can support you in your studies.
By registering your attendance, we’ll notice if you’ve missed any timetabled sessions and if you need any support to get back on track.
We understand that occasionally there may be a good reason why you can’t make it to a class. If that’s the case, please always inform your course team in advance so the lecturer knows who to expect.
If you have an individual student timetable (i.e. MyTimetable), you need to register your own attendance by ‘tapping in’ with your Smartcard (the same way you would use your debit card to make a contactless payment). This applies to lectures, seminars and other taught classes you attend.
Your online attendance at digital learning and teaching activities will be registered within the platform such as Blackboard.
Registering your attendance electronically means teaching staff can focus more time on the things that matter to you, like planning and delivering great classes.
Look out for the black Smartcard reader at the entrance of lecture theatres and teaching rooms. Each time you tap in, there will be a ‘bleep’. The LED on the Smartcard reader will flash blue briefly indicating that your attendance has been successfully recorded.
Important information for international students on a Student Route visa
If you are an international student who is here on a Student Route visa then your leave to remain is dependent on your continued engagement with your studies. One of the ways in which we monitor your engagement will be through your attendance at lectures, seminars and other learning activities. If you miss any of these without prior agreement from the university then we may withdraw our sponsorship of your visa. If this happens, then you would no longer be able to continue with your course and would need to return home.
The Student Engagement Dashboard
The Student Engagement Dashboard will be used, by your personal academic tutor or course support team in conversation with you, to give an indication of how your learning is progressing and where you may need further support.
In preparation for these conversations, you should consider and reflect on your own engagement and identify your strengths and any support you may require to succeed.
The dashboard pulls together a range of existing data about your engagement in your studies, as well as how this compares to average engagement. Pulling together this information in this way will help us to understand how we can best support you to develop and reach your goals.
For further information on the dashboard and how your data is being used we have developed this student guide. The dashboard is not part of any formal assessment. If any of the personal data used in the dashboard is inaccurate, you will be given the chance to correct these inaccuracies.
To find out where they need to be and when, our students can access a personalised timetable or look up the teaching timetable for all courses and modules at Canterbury and Medway campuses.