LEARNER VIEWS ON A QR CODE SUPPORTED DISTANCE EDUCATION COURSE MATERIAL
1 Anadolu University (TURKEY)
2 Balıkesir University (TURKEY)
About this paper:
Appears in: EDULEARN13 Proceedings
Publication year: 2013
Page: 3231 (abstract only)
Conference name: 5th International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies
Dates: 1-3 July, 2013
Location: Barcelona, Spain
Abstract:Technological advances brought applications of innovations to education. Conventional education increasingly flourishes with new technologies accompanied by more learner active environments. In this continuum there are learners prefer self-learning. Traditional learning materials yield attractive, motivating, technologically enhanced learning materials. The QR (Quick Response) Codes are one of these innovations.
The aim of this study is to redesign a course unit supported with QR Codes and get the learner views about the redesigned material. For this purpose, the redesigned chapter handed to 15 learners in Balıkesir University in 2012-13 education term. Learners are asked to study the material. The learners who have smart phone and Internet access were chosen for the study. To provide sectional diversity, three groups were created. The group learners are from faculty of education, faculty of science and letters and faculty of engineering. After the process of semi-structured interviews were held learners were asked about their pre-knowledge about QR Codes, QR Codes’ contribution to learning, difficulties about using QR Codes, and design issues.
Descriptive data analysis was used in the study. The findings explained on the basis of diffusion of innovations and uses and gratifications theories. After the research, the found themes are: awareness of QR Code, types of QR Codes and applications, contributions to learning, and proliferation of QR Codes. Generally learners attended the study mentioned that they are aware of QR Codes, they may use the QR Codes, and using QR Codes in education is useful. They also expressed that the features like visual elements, attractiveness, and direct routing have positive impact on learning. In addition, they generally mentioned that they have not had difficulty using QR Codes, liked the design and content should include both superficial and in-depth information.
Keywords: Mobile learning, QR Code.