As someone who is not necessarily a social media/techie wizard, I was stumped when it was suggested to me that I try using QR codes as a way for our students to complete workshop evaluations on the go.
Having never heard of a QR code, I got rather excited once the basic principal was explained to me and I started to dream big. Instead of killing endless trees with paper evaluations, we could attach each eval to a QR code! No more remembering to email content after the fact as a link to the presentation slides or key documents could be attached.
However my excitement was soon dashed when I pitched the idea to my co-workers and they said that our students would laugh and we would lose all credibility if we used QR codes! As one co-worker exclaimed “QR codes are so 2009!”. I hung my head in absolute embarrassment and shame that I was so behind the times.
What is a QR Code?
For those of you, like me, who do not know what a QR code is – they are scanable barcodes that you can attach information to – ie product information, a website, or in my case, a workshop evaluation and key documents.
Are QR Codes being used?
According to all of the many articles that I’ve read (a few are listed below), and my co-workers, QR codes are not being used efficiently by companies, therefore the trend is not gaining traction amongst the general population.
Top Three reasons why QR Codes are not being used
1. QR code readers are not preloaded onto smartphones. Users have to download and install apps for reading QR codes.
2. Companies don’t want to waste valuable packaging space on a UPC code and a QR code.
3. Companies overuse QR codes and aren’t strategic with their usage. Who is going to scan a QR code on the side of a bus?
Does anyone else have any experience with QR codes in your work or personal life? Do you find them useful or are they really ‘so 2009’?