Monday 25 February 2008

How would you integrate QR code in eLearning?

And how to win a 2GB USB stick?

Last week I put QR code on my website to allow mobiles to just pick up my website and look at it on their mobile. After that post I got a mail from Roger Smolski who has started an online blog on QR codes. His blog got my mind buzzing with possibilities.

While reading through its possibilites:

The one possibility that blew my mind was the Voice of the Street initiative. They have linked QR code, to Google Maps to Art and with interactivity. Yes, this gets your mind hyper does not it!

There is also an elimination game which uses QR codes on t-shirts which got my attention.

What I was wondering about was: how can we integrate QR code in eLearning? There are a lot of creative ideas possible:

- send out cards with QR codes that send your mobile to different assessments;

- use the QR code for field trips like the Voice in the Street initiative: get your history class or engineering class roaring from one site to another and get QR codes to get them to the pre-defined locations.

- Or just plainly get your students involved in finding a new learning application that uses QR code.

But what about corporate learning?

You could use this type of technology to get some really neat team-building going: find the founders of the company, gather around a mobile water cooler that is mentioned on the corporate flyer…

Or dispense a flyer with all the mobile courses mentioned in QR codes and then disperse it so everyone can zoom in on the course of their interest… All you need to do is get QR codes for locations, buildings, corporations, websites… and you start putting your learning activity together.

What ideas do you have or are you absolutely AGAINST using QR code? Looking forward to your thoughts!

Another nice feature on Roger Smolki’s blog is the fact that you can send your QR codes or 2D ideas to the blog and he will give them blogging attention. So … let’s do it!

Because all of these ideas got me going, I also included an image in this post to win a 2GB usb stick. Just uncode the image in this post and the first commentator that puts in what is written wins the stick. (for the site that generated the code look at my previous post). Good luck.


  1. Give the NeoReader a try :)

    It is able to read and decipher all common non-proprietary 2D codes (Data Matrix, QR, Aztec, Maxi) as well as URL embedded 2D codes and all 1D UPC/EAN/Code 128 open source codes. The NeoReader supports direct and indirect code linking, which guarantees maximum interoperability with already existing platforms like 2D Data Matrix Semacodes, and Japanese QR links. This allows the user to click on a variety of codes with a single application installed on their mobile device.

  2. I will certainly give this a try, you make it sound very promising!

  3. Ignatia,

    Here you are: aarde :-)

    My suggestion to Mobile Quiz developer: QRCode to download Moodle Quizzes.

    Like this one.


    Adrian Nicolaiev

  4. Adrian, this information is amazing!

    We are currently trying to move from Blackboard to Moodle, but we need to build a case for high management. This will certainly make a difference.

    Trying to find the courses to enroll so I can follow the discussions.

    Really thank you so much!

    Will send something to you soon!

  5. Great article Ignatia. This certainly sounds promising. The idea of using an external device for audience participation not only adds an element of interactivity but also convenience.
    Anyway all in all the idea of making use of this for eLearning is just fantastic. One of the things would be, every image may have this sitting ‘next’ or may be ‘on’ it to give more information about the image like may be description text present on some URL(Something like ‘more info’).
    Not sure but one other option, (probably) can be Microsoft Tag instead of QR code. The MS Tag seems to have quite some capabilities that would fill in for the shortcomings of the QR code. One of the biggest limitation of QR would be character limit. MS Tag seems to have a 1000 character data limit which beats QR Code. But again QR code has been around since quite some time and its offline. Where as Microsoft Tag would require Internet for scanning the code. MS Tag has a capability of sending VCards, Dialer as well as URL.

  6. hi Vishal,
    Great idea of adding some sort of next. I have not explored the MStag yet, but I am going to have a look at it.
    Thanks for sharing your knowledge and ideas!