EventMarker displays a register with photographic images of the students expected for a class. As the students enter the room and swipe their RFID cards, their images go from grey to full colour in the register screen. Their attendance status is also displayed, e.g. ‘Present’, 'Late (12 mins)' etc. according to specific configuration. This data can be overridden by the lecturer, if they have the system rights to do so.
When a lecturer swipes their card in a classroom, the system will login automatically and display the appropriate register. If there is no register to be taken in that room at that time, options to take other classes or move a class to this room are presented. All this is provided the lecturer has been granted the appropriate rights to take these actions.
EventMarker can record attendance via student swipes with absolutely no action needed by the tutor. This means that latecomers need not disrupt the teaching of a lesson. Even timetabling errors can be resolved afterwards, with student attendance then being allocated to the correct room and activity - so lessons can be devoted entirely to learning!
Staff can view both staff and students' timetables (if they have been given the appropriate rights). Even from within a live register the tutor can see a student's previous attendance on a week by week basis. This can be a very helpful pastoral tool in spotting poor attendance or bad timekeeping. If problems are identified early on they can be dealt with much more effectively.
How the system behaves can be configured for groups of users and for individuals. This can also vary according to location. For example, as a lecturer swipes their card in a staff room, they will be (optionally) shown their timetable for the week.
As they swipe in a classroom where they are due to teach, they will be shown their register. The system is usually configured so that lecturers have very limited rights when they log in by swiping in a classroom and also so that the application logs out quite fast if there is no activity taking place.
This is to prevent students tampering. If more control is needed, a lecturer can log in using their username and password. A second swipe by a logged in user will immediately cause the system to log out.
EventMarker can be configured so that certain PCs, for instance, those in public spaces can respond to a student swiping their card by displaying their timetable for the day and any outstanding assignments that are due or will be soon.
Classes that have started or will start very soon are shown in red. The system can be configured to display a map showing the current location and the location of classes displayed in the timetable.
Student access terminals can be touch screen PCs. This allows the additional features of requesting directions to classrooms, requesting a (till receipt format) print-out of weekly attendance and sending messages to be selected.
When recording student attendance, colleges and universities have several options when it comes to gathering information. Technology agnostic, EventMarker™ can record student attendance data via several technologies, including RFID Smart Cards, Long Range UHF Mifare DESFire cards and iBeacon Bluetooth technology.
idXtra’s RFID smart card technology operates with Mifare DESFire smart cards. Students and staff are supplied with a card.
It works like an Oyster Card, requiring students to “touch in”. A simple tap on a card reader registers the student within 100 milliseconds.
UHF cards operate at 900mhz and have a read range of several metres.
Antennae can be installed at key points (by the entrance doors, or perhaps within the access corridors) that would “read the card” and register the students attendance.
Students can be automatically registered via their smart phones for lessons up to 70m away through iBeacons.
This technology uses Bluetooth frequency (2.45 GHz) iBeacons to detect the Bluetooth receivers in students’ mobile phones.
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