QAs for Initial Course Participation Reporting

Q: Is it required that all instructors participate in initial course participation reporting?
A: Yes.

Q: What constitutes initial course participation?
A: If a student has attended at least one class OR submitted one academic-related activity (quiz, homework, sign-in sheet, etc.), they are considered to have commenced participation. Only those students who have never attended at least one class or have never submitted an academic-related activity should be reported as NEVER ATTENDED on initial course participation reporting.

Q: Is there is a deadline or due date for initial course participation reporting?
A: Reporting should be done during the first 4 weeks of 16-week course, first 2 weeks of 8-week course, and first week of 4-week course (i.e., first 25% of course length). Moving forward the initial course participation reporting function will remain "open" from the first week of semester until the end of the semester.

Q: How often are we required to record initial course participation in myPurdue?
A: Once at the beginning of each gradable course (i.e., those courses that have final grades).

Q: What happens if instructor does not report initial course participation?
A: By not recording initial course participation, the instructor could affect the student's financial aid eligibility and result in billing and collection problems for the student and Purdue University.

Q: What if I report a student as NEVER ATTENDED in initial course participation reporting and the student starts showing up to class?
A: Contact the Division of Financial Aid, for specific guidance in these situations.

Q: Is reporting required for every lecture and lab meeting?
A: No, initial course participation should be reported for only gradable sections of a course. Recitations and labs that are paired with a gradable course do not require initial course participation reporting, but note that academic-related activity within a recitation or lab can be considered initial course participation for the course.

Q: How do we confirm initial course participation for a large class?
A: Suggestions are to use clickers, sign-in sheets, tests or quizzes, projects, or some other type of work that is due. Note that Blackboard also can collect course participation information electronically.

Q: If we were to have a student who is off campus but attends every class through Skype or online teaching, would that count?
A: Yes, the student would receive a report of ATTEND.

Q: Does this apply to undergraduate courses only, or to graduate courses as well?
A: It is for both undergraduate and graduate students.

Q: Does this include research and independent study courses?
A: Yes, any course in which a grade report is expected at the end of the term is required to report. The following are considered grades: A+ through F, S, U, I, or P.

Q: If the student quits attending halfway through the term, do instructors need to somehow change the initial course participation information?
A: No, but the instructors should record a grade of "FN", Failing/Non-authorized Incomplete, and record the last date of the student's academic-related activity as directed during final grading.

Q: Are Purdue instructors required to take attendance on a regular basis?
A: No, initial course participation recordkeeping and reporting are only required at the beginning of the course.

Q: Can this reporting be done automatically using BrightSpace?
A: Yes. If you use BrightSpace to teach, ICP is handled automatically for you.

Q: Will instructors need to mark all students to indicate they are attending or not attending?
A: No, the default is set to attending so instructors will only need to uncheck those not attending and submit.

Q: Since the default is set to yes, can instructors simply do nothing?
A: No, while the default is set to yes, instructors still must press the submit button to be in compliance.

Q: Can students view how instructors report initial course participation?
A: Yes, students will have a view of their classes for the term and how each instructor reported on them.


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