Tuesday, 8 March 2011

out and about: Aaron at RSC Eastern VLE Forum

Elevate were invited to speak at the RSC Eastern VLE Forum held at Bedford College on the 4th March 2011, where Aaron presented "Location Aware Learning Activities".  The presentation looked at how QR Codes and GPS could be used to create location aware activities, a video was shown of the Elevate Team's first realtime test of the MyTour app, that combined both QR Codes and GPS services to present users with materials/resources based on their location, also allowing immediate feedback from the user.

The presentation went down very well with the attendees, who were given a chance to discuss their own ideas for the use of QR Codes, these are listed below:

  • Inductions

  • Marketing events, open evenings

  • Access to course guides/handbooks

  • Business cards

  • Emergency contacts

  • Product recognition

  • Registers

  • AA Breakdown location

  • Procedures around factories

  • Instruction to use tools safely

  • Warehousing

  • Treasure hunts

  • Library - information, replacement of paper notes

The slides are available from here: location aware learning activities, we must apologise for the quality of the video included in the presentation, this was done at very short notice with only a flipcam.  A better quality video that shows the true potential will be recorded soon.

After such a good response The Elevate Team are looking to further develop the location aware activities by working closely with the History Division at UCS and the Ipswich Maritime Trust to develop learning activities based around the Ipwich Historic Wet Dock.

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