[LINK] Outrage as University of Newcastle to track student attendance using mobile phones - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Tom Worthington tom.worthington at tomw.net.au
Wed Feb 5 08:50:01 AEDT 2020

On 4/2/20 7:56 am, Antony Broughton Barry wrote:

> https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-02-04/newcastle-university-tracking-student-attendance-through-mobile/11915502

Yes, it is outrageous using mobile phones to track students on campus. 
What is wrong with good old fashioned facial recognition from 
surveillance cameras in every room? ;-)

More seriously, apart from the privacy issues, I am not sure how 
educationally useful this is. Knowing where the student is does not 
provide much help in diagnosing learning difficulties.

Students can receive educational materials on their phone, work with 
other students and do a quiz on a phone, which is more useful than 
checking if they are on campus. In the past, learning material for the 
phone had to be specially designed. But now Learning Management Systems 
are compatible with smart phones. 

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