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Ervasti, Mari; Kinnula, Marianne; Isomursu, Minna (2010) User experiences with mobile supervision of school attendance. International journal on advances in life sciences vol. 2 no 1 & 2, 29-41.

User experiences with mobile supervision of school attendance

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Author: Ervasti, Mari1; Kinnula, Marianne2; Isomursu, Minna1
Organizations: 1Context-awareness and Service Interaction VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Kaitoväylä 1, 90571 Oulu, Finland
2Dept. of Information Processing Sciences University of Oulu 90014 University of Oulu, Finland
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Version: published version
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Language: English
Published: International Academy, Research and Industry Association, 2010
Publish Date: 2017-10-20


This article presents a field study arranged at a Finnish primary school where two classes and a total of 23 pupils between the ages of 6 and 8 trialed an attendance supervision system supported by Near Field Communication (NFC) technology. In the trial the pupils marked their arrival at and departure from school by touching a reader device or a NFC-enabled mobile phone with a contactless smart card. Parents were able to get their children’s attendance details via an online ‘citizen’s portal’ and through text-messages sent to their mobile phones. The system was designed to simplify attendance monitoring and to replace teachers’ manual roll calls. Information about user experience was obtained by using a variety of data collection methods. We evaluate how various aspects identified in new technology adoption affect the design processes of home-school interaction systems by examining the findings from the viewpoint of three end-user groups (children, parents and teachers). Our analysis also shows that a technology supported attendance supervision system can bring value for all end-user groups but it seems that the system will serve primarily the teachers and the parents.

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Series: International journal on advances in life sciences
ISSN: 1942-2660
ISSN-E: 1942-2660
ISSN-L: 1942-2660
Volume: 2
Issue: 1-2
Pages: 29 - 41
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 113 Computer and information sciences
Funding: This work was done in the SmartTouch project (ITEA 05024) which was a three-year project (2006-2008) within Information Technology for European Advancement (ITEA2), a EUREKA strategic cluster program. The SmartTouch project ( has been partly funded by Tekes, the Finnish Funding Agency for Technology and Innovation. In addition, financial support from the Nokia Foundation and the Emil Aaltonen Foundation is gratefully acknowledged.
Copyright information: © The Authors. Creative Commons "Attribution-Non Commercial-Share Alike" license.