Quick Response Codes: A Tool for Sharing Extension’s Educational Resources and Improving the Response Rates of Program Evaluations
Volume 15, Issue 1 - June 2022
Editor: Linda Chalker-Scott
QR codes are digital codes that provide quickly accessible information to users by scanning codes with compatible devices such as smartphones. These codes can read and interpret different types of data including website links, photographic images, videos, and more. During the COVID-19 pandemic, many organizations were forced to go contactless with clientele. Extension professionals were required to swiftly adapt and utilize new technologies for virtual program delivery. Some Oklahoma State University Extension personnel had experience using QR codes in their pre-pandemic program promotional efforts, however, QR codes had not been widely used to deliver educational content such as seminar recordings, short informational videos, and fact sheets, nor had QR codes been used to collect program evaluation data. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Oklahoma County Extension professionals used QR codes in new ways. While the pandemic provided great impetus for QR code adoption, it is still underutilized as a tool in Extension education. Great opportunities exist for QR code use by Extension professionals.
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