Course Attendance Registration: Digitalized (CARD)

Posted by Natasa Brouwer, on Oct. 5, 2021, 3:04 p.m.


Name lecturers

Joëlle Kessels & Anne de Visser.


CARD is currently used for Oriëntatie Natuur- en Sterrenkunde, a course for which roughly 200 students are enrolled. The course is passed when 25 lectures have been attended over a period of two years. A typical lecture has 50-150 attending students. CARD might be upscaled for usage at the FNWI as well as the entire UvA.


Lectures span a wide range of subjects ranging from information about the physics and astrophysics bachelor programme to job opportunities for bachelor graduates.

Situation before the intervention

Before CARD the attending students are registered by signing their name and student id on a sheet of paper that was passed around during the lecture. The data would then be submitted to an Excel database. To communicate the attendance to the students, a subset of the database with some of the recent lectures would periodically be uploaded to blackboard anonimized only at student id level.


CARD enables quick an easy attendance registration of courses by `checking in' if you will as seen at the public transport system. The Student ID cards are scanned with an RFID scanner connected to a laptop/computer that has the CARD website running. CARD provides feedback (Student ID and name of the student) to instantly notify the student that the registration has succeeded. In addition, students are able to log in using their UvANetID to monitor the current progress of their attendance for their student ID alone.

Learning outcomes

CARD may help students planning which specific lectures of their interest to attend over two years and monitor their progress.

Learning process

In the course Oriëntatie Natuur- en Sterrenkunde students need to attend 25 lectures over a period of two years. They can choose lectures from a list. A typical lecture has 50-150 attending students. The CARD is used by students (figure 1 and 2) to apply for the optional lectures, keep up their attendance and monitor their progress of the course.

Figure 1: Student's application for a lecture in CARD

Figure 2: List of applied for/attended lectures and monitoring progress in CARD - student

The CARD is used by the lecturers (figure 3) who are involved with the course to keep up the attendance of the students and their progress. Students in danger can be thus traced and an alert can be sent.

Figure 3: Lecturer's view


The course is passed when a certain number of lectures as been attended. For most students this is 25 lectures.


A) Experience (satisfaction) of students

Should be provided by students.

B) Experience (satisfaction) of the lecturer about (re)design

Should be provided by the lecturer.

C) Other comments

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