Wednesday, December 9, 2015

QR Code Project on the Ground / Leftovers from #DigiWriMo

Part of #DigiWriMo, I explored the idea of QR Codes and the potential for them to become keys to other information, ideas, and interconnections. Because I can't just leave things in hypothetical, I decided to attempt this in real time.

I asked the students in my Graphic Novel course to write reviews of graphic novels that are in the library. Then we created QR Codes to print on a bookmark that was inserted in the books. When students at the college find these bookmarks in the books, they can scan the code and see what people are saying concerning the book. The students wrote an introduction, a commentary on the artwork, the comparative landscape, and (of course) their own verdict of the graphic novel.  Adding cover art, links and vidoes, the students completed the assignment. The objective of the course was to allow students to create an artifact (bookmarks), while drawing interest to the graphic novel collection in our library. It was the librarians that supported our efforts in creating the design, getting them into a display format, and adding them into the books.

Digital writing has real and tangible outcomes that the students can understand as a realm that bridges their common social media life with that of a budding academic life. It should be mentioned the best part of being part of formal and informal MOOCs is applying them immediate into your courses, connections, and thinking. I don't think - I need to add something tangible into my classes, but it happens organically - the moment hits you and you think - I'm doing this with my students.

For the descriptive article of the project, click here.

This image comes from the display that is now a really nice center point for students to connect with the graphic novel collection and our reviews. Looks awesome and I sincerely appreciate all the library support in making this project important to them and the students.

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