In this presentation I’m going to be looking at QR codes. I’ll be explaining what they are, how to create them, how they are being used, how to evaluate QR code generators and some tips and tricks I’ve learnt along the way.I’ll then discuss what many call the next step after QR codes which is augmented reality.
My name is Sharon Cook and I am an elearning advisor for Jisc Regional Support Centre Wales.Throughout this presentation I’ll be drawing on information and expertise from a range of Jisc services with references given at the end.
QR stands for Quick Response and is similar to a barcodeUsing a mobile device scanning a QR code can result in a wide range of actions, for exampleOpening a URLDisplaying textPopulating an SMS messagePrompting a phone callDisplaying someone’s contact details Opening a YouTube videoOpening a Dropbox folderSending a tweetand many many more...When you scan a QR code you might not know what it is going to do so usually after scanning a pop up message appears.
This list is by no means exhaustive – do you know of any others?Many of these do other things as well as scan Qr codes. Red Laser for example also offers a price comparison feature when you scan any barcode.Qrafter and Norton Snap check the safety of websites linked to QR codes before they load on your mobile device.If you have a regular camera phone rather than a smartphone you can often still get a QR code reader; try searching Google for your phone model number and the term QR code reader.
Once app installed, launch and scanQR Code and audio fileshttp://blog.rsc-wales.ac.uk/2012/08/17/qr-codes-and-audio-files/Qr Code linking to videohttp://goo.gl/KnMlE
URL shortening serviceStatisticsPower QR allows you to change what the QR code does when it is scanned, particularly helpful if you are doing a weekly promotion.
Many examplesQR code on textbooks or shelves in the library scanning to get a subject guide to resourcesget the e-book version, e.g. fromProject Gutenberg if it is a classic text.scanning the code to go through to a referencewebsite on that subject (e.g. online dictionary or style guide), or the library’s own virtual reference collection.On Posters linking to the relevant web pages. Used as part of induction, e.g. treasure huntLibrary cards could have QR codes to take the user to their library account on their phone so they can renew books etcQR codes in bibliographic record of catalogue e.g. Swansea and Aberuni
How to evaluate the different generator services.URL shortener first or generator? Can affect future usability.Size and quality of image dependant on needs.How easy is it to use? Can you access statistics? Reliability, may want to look at established services.
don’t just have QR codes all over the placeDestination: If you’re going to use QR codes you need to make sure the destination will work on a mobile device. Design: Similar to image quality make sure the QR code iswell designed, accessible, fits with LRC scheme?Get staff involved in the production and designUser awareness: Do you need to offer FAQs, additional training?
Virtual reality is an alternative world with no connection to your surroundings for example Second Life, Augmented reality adds digital information to real objects.The basic concept behind augmented reality is that images and sounds are superimposed over what the user experiences in the real world.
Video demonstration Pointing mobile device at the screen of the self-service issue machinesEnhanced directional map Pointing a mobile device at a floor plan mapHelp on a screen-based service Pointing a mobile device at an online discovery tool overlays guidance arrows and notes onto the screen– pointing out the where to enter the search, where to refine filters & then view resultsVirtual bay-ends Pointing mobile device at a particular overlays directional arrows to where resources are located – giving users an initial idea of where to find what they are looking for.Enhanced instructional guide Pointing a mobile device at a leaflet about accessing online resources automatically plays a video with screenshots showing the stages that they need to go through. Induction/Treasure Hunt Students could scan a ‘frame’ placed in an area of the library. Once scanned a video would play introducing them to that area and how to use it – alongside the video a new question would appear that would guide them to another area to continue the ‘game’.Enhanced publicity material Pointing a mobile device at library introduction guide which is enhanced with pictures, videos and extra information beyond what could be included on a physical copy. Staff assistance/reminder. Pointing a mobile device at the borrower registration screen of the LMS that we use overlaid with extra information to show the various fields that need completing. It is designed as a quick check for staff to ensure that it is completed accurately.
The Jisc SCARLETProject (Special Collections using Augmented Reality to Enhance Learning and Teaching) looks at ways to enhance access to special collections in libraries using augmented reality. Here we have a demonstration from the project:Launch Junaio and scan the QR code to activate channel (Dante)Hold device over imageTap the 3D object to trigger contentTap open web for more learning material
AR feels a lot more immediate than QR codes. Whereas scanning a code sometimes feels like an additional step and takes you away from what you are doing the extra information from AR is more integrated into your activity. Some think that QR codes are just plain ugly, augmented reality involves no additional printing and you can make the trigger whatever you like unlike QRAR con - User training: People have to download the app, subscribe to a particular channel and then know where to scan. Both systems are relatively easy to develop and work across a wide range of devices.
QR Codes and Augmented Reality in the FE LRC
June 24, 2013 | slide 1RSCs – Stimulating and supporting innovation in learningQR Codes and Augmented Realitywww.jisc.ac.uk/rsc
June 24, 2013 | slide 4How to scan a QR code You will need to download a QR code reader application. Some examples are:– RedLaser (iPhone)– ZBar (iPhone),– QR Reader (iPhone),– i-nigma (iPhone),– QR Droid (Android)– Barcode Scanner (Android),– QRafter (iPad),– Norton Snap (iOS or Android).
June 24, 2013 | slide 6Creating QR Codes There are many QR code generators available, mostly free with pay forpremium services. Some examples are:– Goo.gl– Bit.ly– Delivr– QR Stuff– Kaywa– BeeTagg– QReate & Track– Snap.vu– BWScan– Unitag– Power QR
June 24, 2013 | slide 7How are libraries using QR codes?
The next big thing…?http://youtu.be/6BTCoT8ajbIJune 24, 2013 | slide 17
June 24, 2013 | slide 18References Jisc M-Libraries Project– Especially QR code tips series:http://mlibraries.jiscinvolve.org/wp/tag/qrcodetips/ Mobile Technologies by James Clayhttps://speakerdeck.com/jamesclay/mobile-technologies Jisc RSC East Midlands – intouch emagazine http://intouch.rsc-em.ac.uk/7-hints-tips-using-qr-codes-to-engage-learners/ Jisc Infonet – Mobile Learning InfoKithttp://www.jiscinfonet.ac.uk/infokits/mobile-learning/