All courses that I manage require some form and degree of active student participation through peer–to–peer and student–to–instructor interaction. Some of my courses include regularly–scheduled face–to–face or feature virtual meetings of participants. In those courses, your synchronous participation often is necessary to attain learning outcomes.
Some of my courses blend synchronous and asynchronous delivery modalities. In those courses, attendance at periodic or episodic class meetings is critical to attain learning outcomes. I have taught a few courses that were delivered asynchronously in their entirety. In those courses, physical “attendance” has no meaning, although active participation always is required.
A Teaching Assistant for my courses records attendance in courses in which class meetings are scheduled. Examination of attendance patterns helps account for patterns of submission of course assignments, qualifies your submissions of some assignments, and contributes to the my judgments about whether your are making adequate progress in a course. Graded performance scheduled during class meetings may not be made up at any other time than in the scheduled meeting because this performance often requires synchronous interaction among course participants.
Must You Attend?
Attendance at class meetings is a University requirement (University Policy 42-27 revised on 28 April 2015 by the University Faculty Senate). Examination of attendance patterns helps account for patterns of your course performance contributes to my judgment about whether you are making adequate progress in courses.
Participation in class meetings in some of my courses from a remote location is feasible and permissible using Zoom, an online video conferencing tool that is free–of–charge to you.
Some caveats: You assume all costs and risks of networking and technology for connecting remotely. You also are responsible for all diagnosis, troubleshooting, and resolution of any network or technology problems that might arise as you use Zoom video conferencing for class participation.
For more information about remote connections to Data Analysis class meetings, consult the document, Participation in David Passmore’s Penn State Courses via Networked Video Conferencing.
Religious observances are not counted as absences, although observing students must inform me in advance of a class meeting that they will not attend a class meeting.
⁌ In accordance with Senate Policy 42-27, students who opt to miss a class to participate in a University-sanctioned activity are responsible for any work missed during the absence. In accordance with Senate Policy 44-35, students who miss a scheduled examination or quiz because of participation in a scheduled University-approved activity are permitted to make up the examination or quiz without penalty. Complete a Class Absence Form if you assert that your absence is due to a University–sanctioned activity.
⁌ According to the Penn State Office for Students Affairs,For routine illness-related absences, students should correspond directly with the faculty as soon as possible regarding their situation, ideally before they miss a class, exam, or other evaluative activity.
A significant, prolonged illness is a serious illness or injury lasting at least a week. Medical documentation is required, either from UHS [University Health Service] clinicians or outside clinicians.
Instructors should provide, within reason, opportunity to make up work for students who miss classes for other legitimate but unavoidable reasons. Legitimate, unavoidable reasons are those such as illness, injury, family emergency. If an evaluative event will be missed due to an unavoidable absence, the student should contact the instructor as soon as the unavoidable absence is known to discuss ways to make up the work. An instructor might not consider an unavoidable absence legitimate if the student does not contact the instructor before the evaluative event. Students will be held responsible for using only legitimate, unavoidable reasons for requesting a make-up in the event of a missed class or evaluative event. Requests for missing class or an evaluative event due to reasons that are based on false claims may be considered violations of the policy on Academic Integrity (Senate Policy 49-20)
Consult with me if you believe that you qualify for “make–up” examinations or their equivalent. No qualification ≡ no “make–up.” I have the sole authority over the decisions, content, structure, and scheduling about any remedial experiences permissible about “make–up” activities.
You bear the consequences for any absences for reasons other than those associated with University-sanctioned activity or resulting from illness, injury, or family emergency.
Cancellation of Class Meetings
A face–to–face or virtual class meeting is canceled because of inclement weather only if the University cancels its operations on the University Park Campus. An official source of information about closings of the University Park Campus for any reason is provided by Penn State Public Broadcasting.
Listen to WPSU–FM over the web or over the air for official information about cancellation of operations on the University Park Campus (an online listening link is provided on the WPSU home page).
You must make your own decisions about attendance at face–to–face class meetings based on your own assessment of travel conditions. Consult information about current weather conditions, travelers’ conditions, and weather forecasts for the University Park Campus of Penn State.
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