Learning Technology

QR Codes Explained

14 October 12th, 2011 at 03:10

QR code for this blogQR codes can be used to enhance teaching and learning in variety of ways, from lab inductions to field trips. You may even have seen them on the latest posters and printed materials around the University to support student orientation.

QR is the abbreviation for “Quick Response” and a QR code is essentially a two dimensional barcode. You scan the code using the camera on your mobile phone and use an app (plenty available) to decode it. A variety of information can be coded – for example the code on the left is the URL of this blog.

The Common Craft videos are excellent and there’s one explaining QR codes. The QR Codes Explained by Common Craft   video “explains how QR codes are changing the way we access information in the real world through scanning this new kind of code with a camera phone.”

Some examples of the use of QR codes in teaching and learning could include:

  • QR code used on the last slide in the lecture – so that students can scan it and be taken directly to the shared presentation online
  • Paste QR codes on lab equipment for last minute instructions or user guides
  • Use QR codes around the campus to provide further information or directions
  • Use QR codes on office door to link to regularly updated list of office hours
  • For students to subscribe to an RSS news feed (e.g., for latest job vacancies or assignment deadline reminders)
  • QR Code Coversheet Submission at the University of Bath
  • Include QR code within printed learning materials for further information online
  • Just in time information in a face to face lecture

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