Learning and Teaching in Higher Education
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Learning and Teaching in Higher Education

Perspectives from a Business School

Edited by Kathy Daniels, Caroline Elliott, Simon Finley and Colin Chapman

There is often little guidance available on how to teach in universities, despite there being increasing pressure to raise teaching standards, as well as no official requirement for academics to have any specific teaching qualification in many countries. This invaluable book comprehensively addresses this issue, providing an overview of teaching in a business school that covers all stages of student learning.
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Chapter 4: Trumping truancy: maintaining student attendance and engagement

Gayatri Patel


The common aim of all stakeholders in Higher Education is to improve the learning and teaching outcomes for students, to ultimately enhance their student experience. One key way to meet this aim is through student participation and engagement with the teaching of the module. Whilst independent learning is, justifiably, applauded as one of the cornerstones of HE, student engagement through attendance in classes makes a significant contribution to their progress and achievement at both modular and programme level. The aim of this chapter is to share my practice for encouraging attendance and engagement on traditional platforms of teaching at HE through lectures, tutorials and seminars. However, the practices discussed in this chapter are equally applicable to non-traditional methods such as webinars, online tests or listening to podcasts.

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