“a new computer tracking system that will allow university officials to monitor a student’s presence on campus”
Some people are suggesting this has the mark of ‘Big Brother’ on it.
The Washington Examiner reports:
Disturbing: Public university rolls out Orwellian program that will monitor students
A public university in Virginia is testing a new computer tracking system that will allow university officials to monitor a student’s presence on campus based on when and where he connects to the on-campus WiFi network.
According to the Commonwealth Times, officials at Virginia Commonwealth University have released a pilot version of a new classroom attendance tracking system titled “Ram Attend” that will automatically record the time and location of a Wi-Fi access point on the VCU campus. This will enable university employees to compare the data to regular classroom attendance records and verify whether or not students are present in class.
When asked for an interview regarding the overall details of the program, university officials claimed that it was too early in the pilot stage of the program to provide any specifics, but stressed that the overall focus of the program was to ensure student success by emphasizing attendance in classroom.
“We are in the initial stages of information sharing with students in Focused Inquiry courses about the goals of our student success initiative which is focused on the importance of classroom attendance in successful learning,” the university said in a statement. “We have not yet begun any data analysis so it is too early to speak about the progress of the pilot.”
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