Using QR Codes in enhancing learning in elementary statistics

Safiah Md Yusof, and Norlia Goolamally, and Latifah Abdol Latif, and Mansor Fadzil, (2012) Using QR Codes in enhancing learning in elementary statistics. In: 12th International Conference of Information (ICI12), 12-13 December 2012, Kuala Lumpur.

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Open University Malaysia (OUM) offers its courses via a blended mode. Learners experience self-managed learning, which is supplemented by face-to-face tutorials as well as online learning through online forum discussions. OUM continuously provides support for e-learning through the use of web-based modules, CDs, i-lectures, i-radio segments, lesson plans, e-schedules, online self-assessment, digital library, etc. OUM has also embarked in mobile learning and has implemented the use of mobile messages in several selected courses. OUM intends to further expand its mobile learning efforts and explore the use of (Quick Response) QR codes for immediate access of learning materials. QR codes provide a fast way to link with digital and online resources. The convenience in transferring information to cell phones has contributed to its popularity in many areas including business and marketing, and to a limited extent in education. The use of QR codes seems applicable and attractive for the learning environment at OUM where learners are expected to be responsible for their own learning. The vast majority of learners are working adults, who are always on the move, thus institutional efforts towards making learning resources immediately accessible will make learning possible at the point of need. The use of learners’ own mobile devices means they are already familiar with the technology, eliminating technological barriers to accessing learning materials. An initial investigation on the awareness and readiness of OUM learners in using QR codes showed that generally learners are receptive to using QR codes in their learning. This paper describes an exploratory project that attempts to incorporate the use of QR codes as a supplemental instructional resource by introducing three specific examples of basic QR code-driven activities in an Elementary Statistics course. Three different types of content will be used to enhance learners understanding: text-based instruction, Uniform Resource Locater of video lectures (iLectures) and URL of self-test activities. The results are expected to reveal learners’ perceptions towards QR code usage and whether QR codes have any impact on learners’ performance. The constructs for the perceptions will include attitude, interest and engagement, while a quasi experimental research using a pre test-post test control group design will be used when examining learners’ performance. This study will form the basis for OUM’s future decision on the use of QR Codes in enhancing m-learning. 12th International. (Abstract by authors)

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: QR-codes
Subjects: L Education > LC Special aspects of education > LC5201 Education extension. Adult education. Continuing education
Divisions: Institute of Teaching and Learning Advancement
Depositing User: Shahril Effendi Ibrahim
Date Deposited: 18 Dec 2012 06:22
Last Modified: 15 May 2013 02:12

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