What tools and strategies could you include in an online course to prevent absenteeism from happening in the first place?
1. check to see how often the student is signing into the class
2. build-in fair and flexible due dates
3. monitor his progress by designing major assignments in steps
4. have direct contact with the student at the start of the course
5. send email reminders
Determine how you would address the problem, should the situation arise in your class.
The best way to address the problem would be with direct contact. Try emailing the student first, but if there’s no response within a day or two, call home to try to talk with the student directly. If the student is under 18, talk to his parent(s); sometimes they don’t know that the student is absent, or they might be able to provide a legitimate reason why the student is absent. It’s good to have the parent as an ally too. Early intervention can help in that regard.