Thursday, 14 May 2009

Awareness of QR codes

Talked to 163 people today as they entered the library (so we know they are current library users) and showed them a picture of a QR code.

8% said they recognised what it was (though often struggled to put it into words!).  Not as many as at Bath (13.8%), but not a bad amount. It still adds up to almost a couple of thousand students if extraploated to our whole student population.

We wanted an idea of awareness as one of our measures of success will be if more know what they are this time next year!

Wednesday, 6 May 2009

Mobile quiz

Just found a lovely little JAVA based quiz generator for mobiles - mobile study. 

I'll have to work out how I can use it! Meanwhile here is a really short one based on the first few questions of a library trail we do with visiting school children:


Saturday, 2 May 2009

Engaging our Digital Natives event 12th June

Details should be going out in the next few days about a YU-INFOSKILLS event only open to Yorkshire universities (though it may be opened up if we don't get fully booked!). I'll be presenting some stuff about QR codes in the afternoon.

I've pasted the details below!

Engaging our Digital Natives: Technologies to Inspire Information Literacy Teaching

YU Information Skills Group invites you to a training event aimed at anyone interested in how technology might be applied effectively to information literacy in order to engage our students. The event will showcase examples of good practice from the region.
This one-day workshop will be held at:
The Learn Higher Room, J.B. Priestley Library, University of Bradford.

Friday 12th June 2009 10am-4pm

Fee: £35
Lunch and refreshments provided

In the first instance, this event is only open to staff from Yorkshire
Universities and there are 2 guaranteed places per institution. We will also guarantee 2 places for members of the RSC FE group.

Reserve names may be sent and will be kept on a waiting list.

After 22nd May, if places are still available, this workshop will be offered outside the Yorkshire Universities Information Skills Group membership.

Numbers are limited to 30. To book your place, please contact Grace Hudson ( with the following details:

Your name:

Institution name:

Postal address:

Email address:

Additional requirements, e.g. diet/access:

Address of person to invoice if different from above:

Order number (if applicable):

Cancellation policy: cancellations less than one week before the event will be charged for, but an alternative may be sent.
Engaging our Digital Natives: Technologies to Inspire Information Literacy Teaching
Yorkshire Universities Information Skills Group Workshop
Learn Higher Room 01.58, JB Priestley Library, University of Bradford,
Friday 12th June 2009
10:00 Registration and coffee

10:15 Welcome and introduction

10:20 Using technology to be more inclusive and effective – Dr Simon Ball, JISC TechDis Service

11:15 Coffee

11:35 Title to be confirmed - Dave Pattern, University of Huddersfield

12:15 Group discussion

12:45 Lunch

1:35 Putting it into practice: Showcase of working examples from the region

First round – chose two out of three from:

Tutorials using Captivate, Articulate and Informs – Alison Robson, Susan Smith and Jennifer Wilson, Leeds Metropolitan University

QR codes and mobiles – Andrew Walsh, University of Huddersfield

Web-based information skills tutorials, screencasts, Flash tutorials, and blogs – Jenny Pacheco and Vic Grant, University of Sheffield

Second round – choose two out of three from:

Integrating interactive workbooks into BlackBoard using Wimba Create (Course Genie); Elluminate classrooms – Diane Kearns, Maureen Readle, Sarah George and Donna Irving, University of Bradford

QR codes and mobiles – Andrew Walsh, University of Huddersfield

Interactive tutorials: bite-sized chunks for new students, and engaging undergraduates and researchers with Articulate Engage – Helen Howard and Michelle Schneider, University of Leeds

3:05 Group discussion

3:30 Refreshments and plenary

4:00 Close