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QR Code Update: December 2012

I have written a number of posts about Quick Response (QR) Codes in the last two years. One of the posts has been one of the most popular posts on Clyde Street.

I have a QR Code for Clyde Street on the front page of the blog.

grabRecently, I have been interested in Vocaroo’s use of a QR Code to link audio recordings. Earlier this year I used Daqri QR Codes to share augmented information with students.

Perhaps it is my fascination with orienteering that has led me to think QR Codes have real potential to enrich personal learning journeys. I just like the idea that resources can be shared in a minimally intrusive way.  (There was a lot of publicity about this example from a building roof top.)

This morning, I was delighted that a Diigo Teacher-Librarian alert took me to Andrew Wilson’s recent paper, QR codes in the library: Are they worth the effort? Analysis of a QR code pilot project.

Andrew notes in the Abstract:

The literature is filled with potential uses for Quick Response (QR) codes in the library setting, but few library QR code projects have publicized usage statistics. A pilot project carried out in the Eda Kuhn Loeb Music Library of the Harvard College Library sought to determine whether library patrons actually understand and use QR codes.

ucniss-qrAndrew reports that:

There is no way to describe the usage statistics as anything but extremely disappointing. None of the three on-line resources were viewed via QR codes more than five times each over the course of the entire semester, and the actual utility of those page views was minimal, at best. Of the three sites, only the “Finding Concert Reviews in Periodicals” appears to have been accessed for use, as the other two research guides had only single page-views, and no recorded time on the sites themselves. Legacy and current usage statistics indicate that the sites are being used, with anywhere from 31 to 53 site visits over each of the past two academic semesters, but once the data is examined at the platform level, mobile usage was negligible in comparison to conventional on-line access.

 Notwithstanding these results I like Andrew’s evaluation of the potential of QR Codes.  He observes:
Despite their ubiquity in the public space, a significant portion of the population appear not to know exactly what they are, or even what the term “QR Code” means. Further, while polls of Harvard’s student population, particularly undergraduates, indicate a high percentage of smartphone usage, there is still a disconnect between the smartphone hardware/software and how they apply to QR Codes.
7913818456_7a4588999a_bAndrew concludes:
Much of the argument in favor of QR Codes in the library (or virtually any other setting) comes down to a simple cost/benefit analysis. And in this case, as long as a few simple rules are followed, the cost of employing QR Codes is so low that any benefit derived from them outweighs the minimal effort involved. There is a reason that QR Codes have become so ubiquitous in print advertising, points-of-sale, and other venues: they are so easy to use, and cost so little in terms of resources, time, and money,that despite low acceptance by the public, it is a technology simply too easy to ignore.
I think QR technology is important and I am delighted that Andrew’s paper provides some usage data in the context of a detailed literature review.
Many years ago when I lived in Devon in the United Kingdom I wanted to explore the delights of letterboxing on Dartmoor. I see QR codes as contemporary letterboxes and ideally suited to treasure hunts. Augmented reality opportunities make these codes very powerful.
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Observation Posts and Datums 1 (Polhigey, CC BY_NC_SA 2.0)

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QR Codes: January 2012 Update

I received an alert to David Hopkins’ QR Code post this week.

As well as sharing a QR Code infographic, David provided news of a workshop to be held on 31 January hosted by Bournemouth University and the Higher Education Academy  Using QR Codes in Higher Education.

David points out that:

The idea for a workshop focused on experiences and good practice in the use of QR codes within Higher Education (HE) has been triggered by the overwhelming interest in David Hopkins’ and Milena Bobeva’s conference poster “Quick Response (QR) Codes in Education: The Business School Experience” shared via social networks such as SlideShare and Twitter in June 2011. Since the presentation of the poster, the scope of using the codes within the Bournemouth University Business School have expanded beyond marketing, programme contact details and directions to learning resources. The latest implementation of QR Codes has been as part of the Induction programmes for students starting their studies at the University. The team is now looking forward to the next evolutionary stage for QR Codes in Higher Education and identifying new uses of QR Codes and evaluation of the experience within the HE sector.

A day after writing this post I read Tammy Worcester’s Tech Tip of the Week 110. She offers guidelines to auto generate a QR Code in a Google Spreadsheet. Tammy has two other QR tips (95 and 96).


Braidwood, Artisan Bread, Great Coffee and Slow Food

I live near Braidwood in New South Wales.

Each Saturday morning our family invades the Dojo Bakery in the town.

The Dojo Bakery is located in one of Braidwood’s oldest buildings. It has housed a brewery, a garage and stables, and has been a workers’ cottage. We sit outside, enjoy the produce and delight in the coffee made by Anders.

We like the personal care in making bread and coffee at Dojo’s. It is a wonderful convivial space and prompts me to think even more about the articulation of service and contexts to support learning.

Bronwyn Richards and Helen Lynch add to the delight with their food stall. “Nearly every week Wynlen House sells vegies and preserves from a small stall in the laneway leading to the Dojo Artisan Bakery off Wallace Street, Braidwood, NSW. We sell whatever is ready from the garden focusing on a little of everything rather than a lot of something.”

Bronwyn and Helen use organic and permaculture principles with lots of loving care in their large kitchen garden. Their aim is “to produce as much of the food we consume as possible and to supply food locally”.  They keep chooks, ducks and turkeys for both egg laying and meat production and raise sheep and pigs from time to time.

We love their produce and their commitment to slow food.

Dojo’s and Wynlen House are great examples of what passion can make happen. Their proximity is symbiosis in action.

Last Saturday I was fascinated to see that Helen had created a QR Code for Wynlen House. At the time I was taking my picture of the QR Code there were two other people doing the same.

This is the Wynlen House QR Code:

The code gives those who want it a direct link to the Wynlen House website on their iPhone or Android. Bronwyn and Helen are planning to have QR code T shirts too.

If you are travelling through Braidwood your directions are “just look down the laneway next to the Pizzeria, and you will find the familiar Dojo Bread sign decorating the baker’s van” … and the Wynlen House produce table.

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Bronwyn and Helen

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QR Codes: September Update

Cathy Oxley is a regular contributor to the Diigo Teacher-Librarian Group.

She is a treasure trove of information.

Recently she pointed to a University of Central Florida Libraries’ presentation by Aysegul Kapucu and Rebecca Murphey (12 August) on QR codes. I have embedded the presentation here for reference. By the time I found the Slideshare there had been 8262 views. There were sixteen related QR Slideshares.


Mobile Presentation Ideas

Todd Ogasawara had an interesting post in Social Times last week.

His predicament:

  • I’m scheduled to make a presentation to a professional organization on Thursday afternoon.
  • The venue is a restaurant and doesn’t have a configuration appropriate for a traditional projector and screen arrangement.

His solution:

  • Upload my presentation to SlideShare.
  • Use Google’s URL shortener ( to create a short URL that points to my presentation on SlideShare.
  • Add a “.qr” to the’s shortened URL to create a QR code that will be printed on paper and scattered around the venue.
  • People with smartphones and tablets can point apps like Google Search at the QR code on the pieces of paper and be taken to my presentation.
  • SlideShare’s web presentation system recognizes mobile web browsers and lets people swipe through the slide deck.

By the time I read Todd’s post (via a Diigo Teacher-Librarian alert) there were a number of comments on the post:

Douglass Lodmell:

I think this is a great idea, however as with any kind of new technology, there is still room for error. What if the your phone dies while scanning the code that has your presentation on? What if there’s a malfunction or an error? I would tend to er on the side of caution and have a backup to scanning a QR code until the glitches are worked out.


I’d say if you have any handouts, you might print a QR code on it that points to a mobile web page like ours and gives not only your Slideshare but a way to connect through social networks so people can follow your further musings as well.

Jan Wong:

I think this idea is gold. I’ve never thought of that before! Definitely a great workaround. Providing a URL would do the same but I guess it is cooler with a QR code.

Doug Ridley:

Neat idea, but why not just share the link? That way no one is confused about what to do, and people without phones can access your slides on their computer or at home.


Excellent idea and I would say pretty cetain to work (providing the audience knows what to do, has an app ready to scan the code, and the link directs to the mobile-version of the slideshare).

Todd responded to Jenny and Doug about the url:

Re: link (or in this case link). Yes, that makes sense for people carrying a 3G (no wifi in the venue either) enabled notebook. That can be printed right under the QRcode on pieces of paper passed around. However, I have seen a lot of people struggle to type in those short links.

Doug’s response:

That’s true, you might want to consider using a customer URL that isn’t case sensitive such as:

I have been following the use of QR codes for some time and was interested to read Todd’s post and the comments it generated. Adoption of QR codes does need helpful ‘How To’ posts.

In passing I wondered if for small venues and small groups some of the small lightweight portable projectors might be of use. I have been thinking about this for my meetings with coaches and athletes in impromptu settings when a teachable moment arises.

The technical specification for the 3M MP180 LED reports that:

  • It has wifi, bluetooth, powerpoint/pdf/ MS office viewers, 2 hour battery and a state-of-the-art touchscreen interface.
  • ‘No cables. No connections. Just freedom to present on the go’.
  • It includes a 3M Apple Cable (ipod, iphone, ipad) to connect to, and project from, these devices.
  • It offers 32 lumens of brightness, an 80″ (approx) screen size, 4gb onboard memory and SD card slot.
  • This projector has a 2 hour battery life which maintains the full brightness throughout.

This post’s QR Code is:

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A Mind Map and a QR Code combined to share coaching information

I have been thinking about how some of the free cloud applications can be used to support coach education and development.

This post brings together a mind map with a Quick Response Code (QR Code) to provide an example of what is possible as we become produsers of these tools.

The background story:

  • I have been researching performance in the 2011 Super 15 rugby tournament.
  • I am interested in whether the previous year’s ranking of a team impacts on its performance in the following year.
  • I have been looking at try scoring in the 120 group games in this year’s tournament.
  • I think this kind of information is a trigger for discussions about the preparation and performance of teams

I found 30 ways that teams won games in the 2011 tournament. Fortunately 13 of these occurred only once. By far the most prevalent outcome (37) was when a higher ranked team (from the 2010 tournament) scored the first converted try, was leading at half time and won the game.

I wanted to visualise these data to share with coaches and decided to use a mind map tool to do so. I had been alerted to SpiderScribe recently (via Diigo) and tried out its functionality.

It is a Beta product at the moment and so I have been conscious of managing the risk of not being able to access the map on an as need basis.

I have downloaded a copy of the map as a Pdf document as a permanent digital record of the map S1501

The link to the map I created is which is quite an address. SpiderScribe offers a range of options for sharing a mindmap and I have chosen Public on internet – anyone on Internet can find and access it.

I used to shorten the long address of the mind map to offers the opportunity to customise the shortened address. This process tracks the use of the link too.

The final step for me in this process is to allocate a QR Code to the mindmap. I use the Kaywa QR Code Generator for this purpose. I have written a number of posts about QR Codes in this blog. A post I wrote in January provides some detailed information. I see a QR code as a dynamic way to share information with iPhone and Android users.

The QR Code for the SpiderScribe mind map is:

This post is a small example of what is available to coach educators. In presenting this example I aim to share a generic approach to resource development.

I conclude with a working definition of produsage that underpins my approach to sharing and growing.

In collaborative communities the creation of shared content takes place in a networked, participatory environment which breaks down the boundaries between producers and consumers and instead enables all participants to be users as well as producers of information and knowledge – frequently in a hybrid role of produser where usage is necessarily also productive.

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Coaches watching the fight

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The Faculty of Health at the University Canberra is holding a series of 3x3x3 talks this year.

The format is:

  • 3 presenters
  • 3 slides per presentation
  • 3 minutes per presentation

The presentation share research interests. One of the three presenters at the first of these sessions used Prezi as the medium to present his ideas.

I am presenting at the next meeting on 1 June and the Prezi presentation prompted me to look at a variety of presentation formats to prepare for the meeting.

I had a look at Wridea:

I thought I might use Creative Commons’ Flickr images to illustrate these ideas. (Pdf copy of slides.)


(Rounding the Turn, Ross Thomson)

Interdisciplinary Insights

(Crowded Bus Stop, Metro Library and Archive)

Story Telling

(Dharavi on Medium Format, Akshay Mahajan)

I had a look at Comic Master‘s functionality.

I have created a Zine 3x3x3 – Keith (after thinking about Instabooks via this post).

This is a Keynote presentation shared as a QuickTime video.

Fascinating what a 3 minute opportunity can prompt!

QR Code for this post: