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Using QR Codes in Your Training

Saturday, September 17, 2011   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Jesus Diaz
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Larry Straining, CPLP, led a webinar entitled "QR Codes in Your Training" for the eLearning SIG group of ATD NYC on September 13.  Here are key takeaways from the session:

QR codes are those funny black and white squares that are popping up on advertising including subway posters, magazines ads, and restaurant windows. They contain information that when scanned by a QR code reader, bring the information to you.

QR code readers are free and available for android, iphone and blackberry from the phone's "marketplace." Anyone with a smartphone can have a QR code reader in their pocket. In seconds you can download a QR scanner app like "QRReader" start scanning QR codes.

QR codes are easy to generate. QR code generator tools are easily found on the internet.

QR codes are becoming more and more popular - so far primarily used for marketing.

One of the attendees sent me this summary: "QR codes are really a bridge, allowing content owners to present a QR code link in a non-online format (paper, Powerpoint projection, poster) for mobile -owners to link to online information, media or interactivity (survey)."

How can they be used in training? Some ideas:

-         Post class surveys

-         Link to presentations

-         In class polling/comprehension

-         "further info" link

-         info on business cards

-         how to procedures posted on equipment

-         workplace scavenger hunts

Attendees walked away with a good understanding of QR codes and some inspiration for using them in their training. Don't be surprised if after the next ATD NY chapter meeting, the satisfaction survey is available to take on your mobile phone via a QR code.

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