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Monitoring Attendance and Participation

The Fall 2020 calls for additional attendance monitoring and reporting. Starting with Fall 2020, faculty will monitor attendance in Blackboard and report attendance in Banner. This applies to ALL Fall 2020 courses, independent of course delivery modality.

What do I need to do for attendance in the Fall 2020 semester?

  1. Monitor attendance in Blackboard.
    It will be vital to follow best practices that will allow SHSU students to quickly adjust to changing conditions while maintaining course continuity. Best practices suggest we keep our attendance records and grades on Blackboard to make the information more immediately accessible to students.

    There are many ways to monitor attendance in Blackboard. Sign up for one of our webinars or contact your instructional designer
  2. Report Attendance in Banner.
    While Blackboard should be used to monitor attendance, faculty are still required to report attendance in Banner. For each class, faculty members will need to verify enrollments from the first day of class through the census date on the twelfth class day. Please visit the ATTENDANCE VERIFICATION webpage for instructions and for more information.

Where can I get help with monitoring attendance?

Please see the RELATED DOCUMENTS on the sidebar of the Fall 2020 Readiness page.

A Note about Attendance in "Online" Courses

Federal regulations require that students enrolled in an online course establish attendance/participation each term to be eligible for federal financial aid. Sam Houston State University verifies student attendance in accordance with this regulation.

Logging into an online class is not sufficient, by itself, to demonstrate attendance by the student. Students must establish a record of participation in academically-related activities in order to comply with this requirement.

Academically related activities include, but are not limited to:

  • physically attending a class where there is an opportunity for direct interaction between the instructor and students;
  • submitting an academic assignment;
  • taking an exam, an interactive tutorial or computer-¬assisted instruction;
  • attending a study group that is assigned by the school;
  • participating in an online discussion about academic matters or
  • initiating contact with a faculty member to ask a question about the academic subject studied in the course.

Students who do not engage in academically related activities prior to the census date, may have their federal financial aid eligibility adjusted.

Academically related activities do NOT include activities where a student may be present, but not academically engaged, such as:

  • living in institutional housing;
  • participating in the school’s meal plan;
  • logging into an online class without active participation or
  • participating in academic counseling or advisement.

Optional Syllabus Statement to share with Students

Students enrolled in online courses are expected to maintain ongoing course engagement in order to uphold positive academic standing with the University and in order to comply with Federal Regulations. Maintain an ongoing online presence requires participating in course related activities that may include, but is not limited to reading announcements, taking exams online, participating in group work, posting to discussion forums, submitting assignments, watching lectures, and carrying out the requirements set forth by the instructor. It is a good practice to login to online courses several times a week to stay informed of news, announcements, grades, assignments, and other important course information.