Using QR Codes, video clips and trades training: A pilot study (Kevin Hall and Mike Crosson at Sharefest)

Source code in QR Code. Coded text is "Mo...Image via Wikipedia
Kevin Hall and Mike Crosson are based at Wintec and have been piloting QR codes and video clips in trades training – partly to encourage students to do some revision. QR codes are described in Wikipedia as “A QR Code is a matrix barcode (or two-dimensional code), readable by QR scanners, mobile phones with a camera, and smartphones”. The idea is that it makes it easier for students to access and use conent on online courses.

The speakers demonstrated live how to create a resource in Moodle and an associated URL (and how to create a much shorter link by also using Tinyurl). All content has been trialled in advance to make sure that it is mobile compatible. The benefit for students is that they don’t have to mess around trying to get a URL ‘ perfect’, and makes it really easy to grab a link from (with) a mobile phone.

MaxiCode encoding of the text Image via Wikipedia

The first thing we were asked to do in the practical aspect of this session was to download the reader onto our phones from www.i-nigma.mobi, and then we logged in to the Moodle site at mobile.elearning.ac.nz. People then grouped up and those with phones that were 3G capable trialled and demonstrated. The presenters also went around and lent out phones. The initiative is only in pilot phase at the moment and the presenters have been surveying students to find out what phones they have, and investigating options.

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I am a director and consultant at Ethos Consultancy NZ (http://www.ethosconsultancynz.com/). I have a keen interest in all aspects of ICT Enhanced Learning and Teaching (ICTELT) where the focus lies on ways of scaffolding and empowering learners. In particular, I am interested in the way that creative, blended approached to Academic Professional Development can create trust, rapport and encourage reflective practice. As such, ICTELT is approached from facilitation, design, evaluation and assessment as opposed to the tools and what they can offer. I am a strong advocate of the potential of Web 2.0 to empower learners from all walks of life and cultures, especially after my experiences working for 6 years in the Middle East. In particular, I am interested how ePortfolios can be used in the VET sector (especially where Literacy and Language challenges are faced), in Recognition of Prior Learning, and in authentic, applied assessment. I have been involved with designing and developing ICTELT approaches and programmes for ten years. Following research informed approaches and design, I apply a qualitative, iterative process to evaluate the effectiveness of interventions, programmes and tools, encouraging learners' voices and input from all stakeholders.
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