User experiences with mobile supervision of school attendance

Mari Ervasti, Marianne Kinnula, Minna Isomursu

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    This article presents a field study arranged at a Finnish primary school where two classes and a total of 23 pupils between the ages of 6 and 8 trialed an attendance supervision system supported by Near Field Communication (NFC) technology. In the trial the pupils marked their arrival at and departure from school by touching a reader device or a NFC-enabled mobile phone with a contactless smartcard. Parents were able to get their children’s attendance details via an online ‘citizen’s portal’ and through text-messages sent to their mobile phones. The system was designed to simplify attendance monitoring and to replace teachers’ manual roll calls. Information about user experience was obtained by using a variety of data collection methods. We evaluate how various aspects identified in new technology adoption affect the design processes of home-school interaction systems by examining the findings from the viewpoint of three end-user groups (children, parents and teachers). Our analysis also shows that a technology supported attendance supervision system can bring value for all end-user groups but it seems that the system will serve primarily the teachers and the parents.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)29-41
    Number of pages13
    JournalInternational Journal on Advances in Life Sciences
    Volume2
    Issue number1-2
    Publication statusPublished - 2010
    MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

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    Ervasti, Mari ; Kinnula, Marianne ; Isomursu, Minna. / User experiences with mobile supervision of school attendance. In: International Journal on Advances in Life Sciences. 2010 ; Vol. 2, No. 1-2. pp. 29-41.
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    User experiences with mobile supervision of school attendance. / Ervasti, Mari; Kinnula, Marianne; Isomursu, Minna.

    In: International Journal on Advances in Life Sciences, Vol. 2, No. 1-2, 2010, p. 29-41.

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