Peter Walder, Andy Barnes, Robin Gissing, Tom Jolley
A level 4 core module has consistently generated low assessment outcomes. The teaching team therefore implemented a series of actions, to specifically encourage engagement with the core content of the module. Two distinct strategies were adopted. These were: A) a reconfiguration of the assessment schedule to allow more opportunities for feedback and B) the development of a ‘revision wall’ which would allow students to access summary key content through the use of posters which incorporated Quick Response (QR) codes. This abstract focuses on the second of these two strategies.
Appropriate representations were made for the purchase of a poster board to support the project; these were successful. A series of approximately 10 A3 posters were created by the teaching team. Each of the posters had an embedded QR code which, when scanned with a mobile device equipped with appropriate software, displayed a movie of one of the module team explaining the content of the poster. Each of the movies was uploaded to YouTube and assigned a goo.gl URL to enable monitoring of access to the movies.
Students were sensitised to the use of QR codes from the outset of the module via the display of a QR code at the end of every lecture which led directly to the online reading associated with the lecture. Further instruction, regarding the use of QR codes, was provided as part of the Revision Wall content.
Access to the Revision Wall is to be monitored via Google Analytics and the value of the approach evaluated. It is recognised that an analysis of the assessment outcomes will not be directly attributable to engagement with the revision wall as the approach used to encourage engagement has also involved a change in the assessment schedule.
Potential Discussion Topics
- Accessibility to the learning resources in terms of the density of smart phone ownership within the student group.
- The potential of using the creation of QR encoded posters as a student learning/assessment activity.
- The potential of using QR encoded posters as part of a ‘flipping the classroom’ learning strategy.
Note that this project is part of the University’s Mobile Innovations scheme.
B5 – [EN02, EN07, EN14] 11.50