Biometric school attendance systems have seen a sharp rise in recent years, addressing absenteeism issues. With the vast amount of data that can be derived from deploying biometric systems, educational institutions can use this tracking information to improve classroom management, canteen management, staff management, etc.
Keeping track of student attendance in classrooms
Teachers start their day at the school by taking attendance of students. They call out students' names loud and mark attendance as they respond. Some institutions mark attendance twice a day, morning and afternoon. But it is a time-consuming and non-productive task. This is where the biometric attendance monitoring system comes as a replacement for the conventional manual attendance marking. Biometrics-based T&A management systems were already used in some institutions to track faculty attendance. However, it needs to be more efficient and fast to track the high throughput of student attendance. With advanced technology, it is possible.
As in corporate offices and faculty attendance systems, a biometric reading device installed at the class entrance identifies and registers the attendance of students entering. Schools may use the fingerprint scanner, face recognition, or iris scanner at their convenience.
In India, this system is used to distribute scholarships and mid-day meals. The government has enormous investments in such programs, and hence they found the biometric attendance tracking as the perfect solution distributes the benefits to the rightful hands.
Online class attendance tracking
Tracking the presence of each student in online classes is an even more hectic task, and teachers cannot continuously monitor the presence of a student throughout the session. Many companies developed face recognition APIs that are embedded in video call apps and school attendance systems. Face recognition identifies students attending class and automatically marks attendance. Furthermore, it notifies the faculty if somebody drops out during the session without mentioning it.
Tracking e-learning attendance using a multimodal biometric model
E-learning courses are popular platforms for acquiring new skills and upskilling. But, manipulation in such courses is highly likely. One person can attend the course with his ID and give it to his friends or family to complete the tests since there is no proper authentication method.
E-learning platforms can integrate biometric authentication web APIs to identify people attending the course. Various researches suggest multimodal biometrics for student authentication. Alongside biometrics like face recognition or fingerprint scanners, the system identifies mouse movement or keystroke dynamics to identify a person. While face recognition confirms the participant's identity and presence, keystrokes and mouse movements confirm actions.
Biometric authentication enhances the value of e-learning platforms and certificates. Learners can upskill their talents from anywhere and receive a much-valued certificate like never before.
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Both students and institutions got used to the new way of learning. Leveraging biometric authentication techniques, institutions can ensure the quality of education and the value of certification. Online classrooms and AI-powered e-learning systems are the way of the future. In this context, biometric student attendance tracking would be an inevitable part of learning.