Actively Engaging Students Through Technology: Let QR Codes Be Your Guide

Students at Globe University-Green Bay picked up some new technology skills while learning about the campus resources and making some new friends along the way. Librarian Christina Johnson and veterinary technology instructor Gabrielle Radford came up with the idea to encourage a fun way for students to use their iPads while exploring the campus through using a QR code scavenger hunt. It turned out to be an interesting and successful opportunity for students to have an interactive and educational tour and learn about resources like the tutor lab, community service opportunities and more!

What are QR codes?

Almost all of the students who participated hadn’t used QR codes before. According to Christina and Gabrielle, QR codes are primarily used in marketing to directly link you to a website or go right to a source for more information. It could also send someone a text message, sign-up for more information, play a video or link to a blog.

How do the codes work?

You need to download a free app to use as a QR scanner. ScanMyDoc promotes this because it maintains your history and works really well for reading the codes and displaying the resulting information.

Another option you can use is QR Scanner, which is also free, you can read and create QR codes with it.

How can you use QR codes in higher education?

Radford shared how she uses QR codes when students complete labs. They scan the code and are able to watch a video with instructions on how to perform the task while the instructor is able to help other students when needed.

In the library, one could incorporate codes on printed materials like brochures to link to a video tutorial on how to use APA citations.

Overwhelming Positive Student Feedback

Donna Umentum, a business student who participated in the QR code scavenger hunt shared, “It was really fun and interesting. I didn’t realize some of the neat information around campus like the healthy recipes, and I learned about some of the past guest speakers.”

We had eight student winners who scored free Globe mugs, shirts and other gear for participating.

“Student feedback included how they would love to do something like this again, how it helped with downtime and that it was a lot of fun. Students really enjoyed the competition for prizes, learning about how to use QR codes and exploring the campus,” Christina Johnson, campus librarian, said.

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