Picture of the day: Tsinghua University uses SNS photo tagging for muster call
Unexcused absence is a breach of school discipline very commonly seen in Chinese universities. While faculty members try to make attendance and participation count towards the final grades and call the muster in class, students manage to exploit loopholes. For example, students required by professors to sign in on the roster would do it on behalf of their missing classmates. Lecturers faced with a huge class consisting of 200 people may not discover that one student mimics three others’ voices during the muster call.
Now Tsinghua university have finally found a perfect way to catch who have played hookey. A photo is taken of the classroom before the class begins. Then it is be uploaded to Renren, or the Chinese copycat of Facebook. Students in the photo are instructed to tag themselves in the photo. Then the lecturer would compare the photo and the roster to find out who are missing.
Most college students were floored by the novel albeit “cruel” idea, and were angered by the fact that actually a student, instead of a faculty member, came up with the idea. Fang Yang, a student cadre of the class, thought it is fun to call the muster this way. However, he did not expect the ire that ensued. “The sign-in is so special that some classmates have complaints,” Fang Yang said. He also said the new method did not last long. (Picked from Sina)