I noticed a small QR code in the corner of the ham package when I had breakfast. It’s on the frontside and backside, not like a normal Bar code only on the backside. Actually, I found 20% of the stuff I bought this week have QR codes. I think it’s time to write something about QR codes in higher education.
What is a QR code?
A QR Code is a matrix barcode (or two-dimensional code), abbreviated from Quick Response code. It was created by Denso Wave (a Japanese Company) in 1994. A QR Code is readable by QR scanners, mobile devices with a camera, and smart phones.
It has been increasingly used in marketing (e.g., business cards, product packaging, menus, T-shirts) because its unique, fast readability, comparatively large storage capacity, and instant various information (e.g., text, URLs, geographic coordinates). I think it’s because people like to use mobile devices so much.
- About 2D code from Denso Wave Incorporated
- What are two-dimensional bar codes? from Webbmedia Group
- QR Code from Widipedia
- Understanding QR Codes by Jason Pinto
- The Complete Guide to QR-Code Technology by Nate Devore
- 21 QR Code Frequently Asked Questions by Matthew Gallizzi
The use QR Codes in higher education
Here, I don’t talk about the QR codes in business which have been used for many occasions. In education, the way of using QR codes to enhance students learning experienceis grows too. Some examples are below:
- Using QR codes to incorporate game play and storytelling by Dianne Rees
- QR codes for digital literacy by Dianne Rees
- Using QR Codes at libraries: access university contact information, calendar events, maps (Orange County Library); access library catalogue and locations (University of Bath)
- Using QR codes to organising events and distributing information by Michael McCurry
- Using QR codes for explorative learning by Dave Foord
- QR Codes in education: a Burgeoning Narrative by James Michie – sharing information based on classroom activities
- QR Codes in education by theohiobloke – show you how it works
- 7 things you should know about… QR Codes by educause
- The Best of QRcode by Miss Noor – a collection of QR codes usage in education
- QR codes for learning by Dianne Rees – a collection of QR codes usage in education
- How QR Codes Can Be Used in Education? by Veselin Nedeff – faster learning and accessing online learning materials
- 50 Great Ways To Use QR Codes In The College Classroom
Challenges of using QR codes – different voices
- Leigh Thompson noted four Limitations of QR Codes: Character Storage, educate customers, extra devices and application, and print quality. It’s good to know that “There are three types of characters a QR code holds: numeric, alphanumeric and binary. QR codes hold up to 7,089 numeric characters. Alphanumeric characters only fit a maximum of 4,296 characters. Binary characters hold up to 2,953 characters. The final size of the QR code does not affect the amount of characters the QR code can hold.“
- Jesse Scott pointed three challenges in his post Can QR Codes Enhance Student Learning?…: raise users’ awareness, usability of websites or online resources in mobile internet, and required smart devices.
More resources (Using QR codes in education is still minority):
- The QR Code (Learning) Challenge by Stephen Ransom – independent learning
- QR Codes: The good, the bad, and the ugly by Emilio Corsetti – user experience
- I ❤ QR Codes, But PLEASE use them properly! by Andrew Davidson – tips of using a QR code
- The era of misplaced QR codes is here by Thor Prichard – tips of using a QR code
- 5 Qr Code Failures To Learn From by Jonathan Brewer – 5 tips of using QR codes
- The Three Rules of QR Codes by Roger Smolski – 3 tips of using QR codes
- Don’t bother doing QR codes! from Next 140 – an example of how QR codes do not work
- 11 Reasons Why QR Codes Suck by David Wachs
- 5 reasons you’re probably wasting time with QR codes by Joe Gillespie
- 5 Ways You Should Never Use QR Codes by Matthew Gallizzi
- The 5 Best (And 5 Worst) Uses Of QR Codes by Peter North
- Lab42 survey – 58% people know what it is. (a quick-and-dirty research approach)
- 17 Statistics on QR Code Marketing – 64% don’t know what they’re for. Top reason for scanning a QR code is to get a discount, followed closely by getting more info on a product or service (44%).