Designing, developing and testing a location aware learning activity using qr codes jan 2011


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  • Steps Complete the learning activity – not this is not location dependent … because I’ve not written one for this building Recap what is a QR Code, how to create a QR Code, are students ready for QR Code Activities? Use the activity design sheet, and learning sequence template to develop a QR Code based learning activity
  • The information sheet is available from: The online form to submit the answer is available from: -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- The question is; Given the information you collect from the QR Codes, which include country statistics, what country is what? South Africa has the following information: GNP per capita 1991 ($ USA) = 2560 Growth rate of GNP per capita per annum 1980-91 = 0.7% Population growth rate per annum 1980-91 = 2.5% Structures of total employment 1980-85 (percentages): Agriculture 17%: Industry 36%: Services 36% Choice 1: County A is South Korea; Country B is Kenya and Country C is Canada Choice 2: County A is Sri Lanka; Country B is Germany and Country C is Thailand Choice 3: County A is Sri Lanka; Country B is Thailand and Country C is Sweden Choice 4: County A is Namibia; Country B is Portugal and Country C is Botswana
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  • Designing, developing and testing a location aware learning activity using qr codes jan 2011

    1. 1. Designing, developing and testing a location aware learning activity using QR Codes Durham Blackboard Users Conference University of Durham 6 th January, 2011 Andy Ramsden E-Learning Development Manager University Campus Suffolk [email_address] elltucs andyramsden URL
    2. 2. the aims <ul><li>Designing, developing and testing a location aware learning activity using QR Codes </li></ul>
    3. 3. what do we know and think? <ul><li>Who has scanned a QR Code? </li></ul><ul><li>Who has created a QR Code? </li></ul><ul><li>What do people think they are and what they can be used for? </li></ul><ul><li>Who has developed a learning activity which included QR Codes? </li></ul>
    4. 4. An authentic activity Information sheet – including the overall question, and assistance to get a QR Code reader on a phone. Blackboard – group management (group names and teams) Resources In groups they have to answer a multiple choice question and be prepared to explain the rationale for their choice in the seminar. In set groups, walk around the building to decode a number of QR Codes, to collect information and discussion ideas. Description (what they do) For students to gather knowledge and the sources of information. They need to recall the relative economic rankings of various countries, and understand the basis for such rankings (comprehension). They must be able to apply these concepts and analyse the information in order to answer the question Purpose (why doing it) Development Economics: Rank the countries Activity
    5. 5. Sorting out who is what <ul><li>A is South Korea; B is Kenya; C is Canada </li></ul><ul><li>A is Sri Lanka; B is Germany; C is Thailand </li></ul><ul><li>A is Sri Lanka; B is Thailand; C is Sweden </li></ul><ul><li>A is Namibia; B is Portugal; C is Botswana </li></ul>Look at the following table and indicate which countries' statistics are being reported in rows A, B and C . Info Sheet: Complete the Google Form: GNP per capita 1991 ($ USA) Growth rate of GNP per capita p.a. 1980-91 Population growth rate 1980-91 Structures of total employment 1980-85 (percentages) Agriculture Industry Services A B S.Africa. 2560 0,7% 2,5% 17 36 36 C
    6. 6. Feedback and Evaluation <ul><li>The correct choice is Choice 3 </li></ul><ul><li>How did you find the activity? </li></ul><ul><li>Why would I use QR Codes and physical movement as opposed to simply giving you data sets in class? </li></ul>
    7. 7. Recap: what is a QR code? A QR Code is a matrix code (or two-dimensional bar code) created by Japanese corporation Denso-Wave in 1994. The &quot;QR&quot; is derived from &quot;Quick Response&quot;, as the creator intended the code to allow its contents to be decoded at high speed. QR Codes are common in Japan where they are currently the most popular type of two dimensional codes. <ul><li>An ever increasing number of tasks can be achieved using a QR code. The core ones are, </li></ul><ul><li>Link to web site </li></ul><ul><li>Send an sms to a phone </li></ul><ul><li>Transfer a phone number </li></ul><ul><li>Provide more text </li></ul> A QR Code effectively and efficiently connects the physical and electronic learning spaces on your mobile phone. URL
    8. 8. Recap: what is involved? <ul><li>QR Code Generator </li></ul><ul><li>A task / activity which is appropriate for a small screen device </li></ul><ul><li>Camera phone </li></ul><ul><li>Good connectivity </li></ul><ul><li>QR Code Reader </li></ul><ul><li>Money </li></ul>A QR Code Reader A QR Code Generator
    9. 9. Recap: are students aware of QR Codes? <ul><li>Do you know what a QR Code is? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Yes: 39.8% (increase from 13.8% in 2008) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Have you accessed a QR Code? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Yes: 9.6% (increased from 2.2% in 2008) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>students are becoming more aware of QR Codes </li></ul><ul><li>more students have experienced scanning a QR Code on their device </li></ul><ul><li>they find the use of QR Codes to access information very appealing compared to manual entry of information on their phone </li></ul><ul><li>N=2765 </li></ul>Ramsden (2010) - The level of student engagement with QR Codes: Findings from a cross institutional survey -
    10. 10. Designing your activity In pairs, using the design activity template and the learning sequence template start designing an authentic activity which includes the use of QR Codes Activity Design Templates
    11. 11. What have we got? Each group provides 2 min feedback on where they are in terms of their ideas and designs (talk through their activity design templates)
    12. 12. Thanks, where next … elltucs andyramsden URL Flickr Photos … with thanks Hands in the air – Junnibug – Blooming Gardenia Flower – Sean Dreiing –