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Title: Developing a student attendance app using QR codes: educational and practical considerations

Authors: Sami Shaban; Mohi Eldin Magzoub; Margaret Elzubeir; Omar Hilal Shaban; Ahmed R. Alsuwaidi; Mohammed Al-Houqani; Alsajir Basheer; Zeeshan Noor Mohammed; Widad El-Jaily; Ahmed Fathy Abdellatif Mohamed

Addresses: Department of Medical Education, College of Medicine and Health Sciences, United Arab Emirates University, Al Ain, UAE ' Department of Medical Education, College of Medicine and Health Sciences, United Arab Emirates University, Al Ain, UAE ' Department of Medical Education, College of Medicine and Health Sciences, United Arab Emirates University, Al Ain, UAE ' Al Dhafra Private School, Al Ain, UAE ' Department of Paediatrics, College of Medicine and Health Sciences, United Arab Emirates University, Al Ain, UAE ' Department of Internal Medicine, College of Medicine and Health Sciences, United Arab Emirates University, Al Ain, UAE ' Department of Medical Education, College of Medicine and Health Sciences, United Arab Emirates University, Al Ain, UAE ' Department of Medical Education, College of Medicine and Health Sciences, United Arab Emirates University, Al Ain, UAE ' Department of Medical Education, College of Medicine and Health Sciences, United Arab Emirates University, Al Ain, UAE ' Department of Medical Education, College of Medicine and Health Sciences, United Arab Emirates University, Al Ain, UAE

Abstract: Recording student attendance in educational institutions is a tedious, manual process that is both time-consuming and error prone. We have developed an app to capture student attendance. During each class session, the students will point their device at a unique QR Code displayed on the teacher's projector. Each student's attendance will be recorded immediately on the learning-management system. The app has been developed for both Apple and Android platforms to enable attendance capture in all classroom settings; a module added to a home-grown learning-management system enables display of the appropriate QR Code for each class session. We conclude that it is possible to develop an app that records student attendance using QR codes and institutional information systems. Implemented efficiently, student attendance can be recorded accurately and effectively, saving class time. Overall user satisfaction with the system was high, demonstrating that information technology can positively drive and support change in medical education.

Keywords: student attendance; QR Code; app development; learning-management system; medical education.

DOI: 10.1504/IJTEL.2020.10032123

International Journal of Technology Enhanced Learning, 2021 Vol.13 No.1, pp.92 - 106

Received: 17 Apr 2019
Accepted: 06 Oct 2019

Published online: 12 Oct 2020 *

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