New Rules on Attendance in Online Courses
There is an important change in the definition of last date of attendance for online students. This definition is based on the new program integrity rules from the US Department of Education that went into effect July, 2011.
US Department of Education
The US Department of Education (page 69, Federal Register /Vol. 75, No. 209 / Friday, October 29, 2010 /Rules and Regulations http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/pdf/2010-26531.pdf
Students who do not actively participate in classes may be dropped. For classes in the Virtual College, students must participate in activities such as discussions, assignments, etc. Simply entering a course (logging in) does not constitute active participation.
The last date of attendance is calculated by the last time
"a student participated in class or was otherwise engaged in an academically-related activity, such as by contributing to an online discussion or initiating contact with a faculty member to ask a course-related question."
Simply logging into a course, without participating in any way, is NOT considered attendance. Online courses have discussions, assignments, quizzes, tests, and course mail that can be used as evidence of participation.
At MDC, the last date of attendance is used during the attendance confirmation period (purging no shows at the beginning of the term and purging class rolls for a 2 week period of inactivity) and when assigning a grade of F, U or I.