QR codes seem to be of great interest to librarians and others but there are not many examples of actual use available. The e-learning case studies blog yesterday posted about their use of QR Codes at the University of Bath in the UK in Using QR Codes during Innovations Week which I have excerpted here:
“…I recently used QR Codes (http://www.bath.ac.uk/barcodes) to support the University’s Innovations Week in Teaching and Learning. The aim was to include QR Codes on the supporting material to enable the mobile (phone) user to more effeciently connect to online material and complete any required tasks.
What was the role of the technology?
The QR Codes were used in a number of different contexts;
QR Codes were used around the poster display area to allow people to scan the code and connect with the supporting blog. In this scenario the person would scan the code, access the blog and either leave a comment for the author or read and comment on other people’s views. Alternatively, they could scan a second QR Code to send a submit their comments via SMS. The outcome is a reduction in barroers to leaving comments. For instance, the person was not required to leave the poster display area to find a computer.
Access to online support materials
We provided a large number of different forms of publicity materials, from fliers and posters, to fortune cookies. These included a QR Code which linked to further online support material. The thoughts behind this was to provide just in time information to where the person was located.
Examples of these are available from: http://www.flickr.com/search/?q=iw2009…
One positive outcome was from the perspective of the people generating the QR Codes. There were around 4 people in the team who used the University of Bath’s QR Code Generator (http://www.bath.ac.uk/barcodes ). They had no problems, or support needs in generating and including them within their materials…
Issues / Problems
Given this is such a newly emerging technology within Learning and Teaching, I’d divided the issues as follows;
Motivating people to install the software…
What tips do you have for others?
Firstly, address the issues and problems raised in the previous section. Secondly, a very practical tip would be to implement an image management process. For instance, we generated a large number of QR Codes on this project and to reduce repetition at creating the same link numerous times we used share drived / shared file repositories. At the University of Bath, the LMF (http://www.bath.ac.uk/lmf ) is perfect for this task.
Plans for the future
Overall, I was very encouraged by this pilot. It highlighted a considerable number of issues surrounding how we might ensure that QR Codes are effectively implemented. I’m already building on this experience as I’ll be working with UKOLN on the effective use of QR Codes to support their 2009 Workshop.”