During the pandemic, TDS redeveloped and implemented further solutions for a variety of educational institutions in order to best prepare their students for returning to school/college and to ensure that student attendance and engagement is still tracked online everywhere and across all platforms.
Student Attendance Monitoring Re-Engaged for the Post-Pandemic Student Experience
TDS is constantly developing our solutions and implement changes to our software to meet the needs of our extensive and varied client base. Vertical integration with the entire TDS Suite provides end-to-end systems including ID card production, site safety, head-counting, attendance monitoring and data capture. TDS Student allows engagement with the students, track their attendance and monitor involvement in campus life.
As the face of regular university and student life has changed with the Covid-19 pandemic, so has attendance monitoring and normal student engagement. Constantly reviewing and updating data capturing technology and academic support software is the best way to maintain regular student attendance monitoring and engagement interactions going forward, post-pandemic.
The Importance of Attendance Monitoring and Student Engagement for Universities
Digital Student Attendance Monitoring offers students a platform solution where they can monitor and assess their academic progress; empowering them to take ownership of their academic commitments by equipping them with a diverse range of smart and innovative features.
Typically, student attendance monitoring has been used solely in lecture halls/classrooms. Due to the changes in physical attendance as a result of the coronavirus pandemic restrictions, TDS has made significant changes to create a more universal system by monitoring attendance "On-Campus and Online" ensuring students are monitored across every platform outside of the lecture hall/classroom.
Here are some upgraded measures which have been implemented to the original TDS Student product to support the changes in normal Student attendance and engagement interactions:
The TDS Student Portal acts as a one-stop-shop for all students to support their academic life in university. The portal will provide students with a single point of access for all their student engagement and attendance in their University Life.
The Student Portal is responsible for increasing student engagement and empowerment, integrated communications functionality, an improved student experience, registering attendance at virtual lectures and off-campus activities.
The dashboard allows academic staff to track student participation and engagement across their University and access detailed, real-time information on students progress.
The extensive features included in the Lecturer Portal are real-time, direct feedback, student participation and engagement reporting, absence reporting, absence notifications, GDPR data compliance views, student views (individual and group level), and decreased operating costs.
Academic staff can access detailed reporting on students attendance by module, absence reasons and individual students absence. Users can also access location capacity optimisation reporting to allow for future resource planning.
The key benefits of the reporting dashboards are configurable cohorts reporting, identifying emerging trends and patterns, space utilisation, and legal visa compliance for international students (UKVI).
Enhanced Data Capturing Readers and Solutions Across All Platforms
TDS offer a wide variety of data capturing options and readers for student attendance and engagement for a varying degree of objectives.
Fixed Wall Readers
The features included with fixed wall readers are smartphone registration, LCD touchscreen, custom branding, audiovisual feedback.
The key deliverables of fixed wall readers are accurate attendance measurement, implementation of attendance policy, legislative compliance, estates management and room utilisation, data point for learner analytics platforms.
The key features included in the mobile readers offered with TDS Student are that they hold handheld RFID and QR code scanners, along with WiFi, GSM, and 3G/4G.
The key deliverables of the mobile readers are especially pertinent to returning to school activities during and following the pandemic as the mobile readers efficiently account for off-campus activities, field trips, ad hoc and non-timetabled events, tier 4 checkpoints, and invigilator checks
Beacon and Long-Range Readers
The key features of our beacon and long-range readers is they provide rapid deployment and there is minimal infrastructure investment.
The key deliverables with beacon and long-range readers are learner analytics and engagement, student services and duty of care, and the data point for learner analytics platforms.
The key features of the additional online activity solution are particularly important as we have now seen how an unprecedented pandemic has changed how students engage with their regular classes. These features include capturing attendance at virtual lectures (images, canvas, Blackboard, Moodle), student self-registration via mobile devices or PC's, geolocation verification, and real-time registration verification.
Along with these important features, the key deliverables of including an online platform going forward for students are attendance registrations from any third-party systems, the data point for learner analytics platforms, registers attendance at work placements, field trips and off-campus activities.
Consistently Meeting the Needs of Student Requirements Across Every Platform
Digital Student Attendance Monitoring has always been a solution that offers students a platform where they can monitor and assess their academic progress; empowering them to take ownership of the academic commitments by equipping them with a diverse range of smart and innovative features.
This now further improved level of monitoring student attendance across all platforms has been developed to enable educational institutions to meet academic, legal and contractual requirements in respect to each other's unique circumstances, while also substantially reducing the level of the administrative burden placed on internal departments that frequently engage with students.
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TDS Student's Digital Student Attendance Monitoring is dedicated to continuing to provide student attendance monitoring solutions that will present an undisputed world-class system of enhanced solutions that embraces your institute's policies and adheres to your regulations, while cost-effectively streamlining your monitoring process with ease as we move towards a post-pandemic student experience.