Online course attendance points

What does "5 out of 7" mean in this class

You are expected to "attend" the virtual classroom five out of the seven days of each week. You attend by following these two steps:

  1. Logging on to Scribe and reading what other students have written since you were last there
  2. Then, submit either a response post or an assignment. Note: Just logging on and reading posts by other people does not count as being "present." To be present, you must submit something.

The nature of the online education delivery system makes consistent participation absolutely necessary. Attendance requirements will be strictly observed.

So, how do we take roll? Well, online attendance is measured by recording the date of each entry you make to Scribe -- whether it be a response to one of the assignments, a comment on the work of another, or a question to the group or to the professor. We have no easy way of knowing if you sign on unless you make an entry into the meeting (i.e., submit an assignment or send some message/note as part of your class participation). To judge whether you have met the criteria of being in Scribe "5 of 7 days," we use Scribe's date stamp on your assignment and discussion board posts.

An absence does not excuse the student from the responsibility of participating, doing assigned work, and/or testing. Nazarene Bible College policy is that students may be dropped for poor attendance after they have accumulated two weeks of absences.

For more on how late-night posts are counted, see the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) page.

    -- Howard Culbertson,

cartoon drawing of talkative person What kind of online student are you? Do others think of you as Busy or Wordy or Disconnected Dan? Do you sometimes come off to others as Oblivious or Trite-ly or even End-times Edith? . . [ more ]


Attendance in an online class is important for several reasons:

While attendance in an online class may not always be as straightforward to monitor as in traditional face-to-face settings, it remains an important factor in promoting student success, engagement, and learning outcomes.

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