Mobile attendance and time monitoring system for m-learning applications: Design and pilot results

Jacek Lewandowski, Hisbel E. Arochena

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Abstract

This paper describes a Mobile Attendance Management System (MAMS) used to remotely collect, manage and process student's attendance data during school activities. The system incorporates mobile phones, standard PC sets and Bluetooth ad-hoc networking. Taking advantage of the wide and spread use of mobile phones among students, it becomes a powerful tool to process and manage attendance data in a seamless way with benefits for all parties: teachers, administrative staff and students. Besides some legal requirements, precise attendance monitoring can target retention and gain better understanding of students' expectations. The proposed system constitutes a tool to implement such strategies without increasing the workload of teaching staff. We piloted our system during classes with Computer Science and related courses students' at the Faculty of Engineering and Computing, Coventry University. During these trials, comparisons between the effectiveness and reliability of the current manual register checking and MAMS solution were made. MAMS rapidly recognised the change in attendance, which was immediately reported to the lecturer on the screen, what comparing to the manual register is considerably faster and much more reliable specially if dealing with large classes.Immediately following the trial both staff and students debriefed on their experience and identified key benefits and flaws of the system. A summary of this survey is also presented.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the IADIS International Conference Mobile Learning 2011, ML 2011
Editors Inmaculada Arnedillo Sánche, Pedro Isaías
Place of PublicationSpain
PublisherIADIS
Pages3-10
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9789728939458
Publication statusPublished - 2011
EventIADIS International Conference on Mobile Learning 2011, ML 2011 - Avila, Spain
Duration: 10 Mar 201112 Mar 2011

Conference

ConferenceIADIS International Conference on Mobile Learning 2011, ML 2011
CountrySpain
CityAvila
Period10/03/1112/03/11

Keywords

  • Attendance management
  • e-learning
  • Knowledge based system
  • Networking client/server
  • Supervisory control
  • Wireless communication

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Hardware and Architecture
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Information Systems
  • Software

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    Lewandowski, J., & Arochena, H. E. (2011). Mobile attendance and time monitoring system for m-learning applications: Design and pilot results. In I. Arnedillo Sánche, & P. Isaías (Eds.), Proceedings of the IADIS International Conference Mobile Learning 2011, ML 2011 (pp. 3-10). Spain: IADIS.