My learners often get bored with traditional text-based case studies. Presenting it as a jigsaw task explored using QR codes is one way of making it more engaging.
- Transform staid case studies into active, jigsaw tasks
- Printed QR codes which you can stick around your classroom using Blu-tac or similar
- Focus questions
- Learners will need to have downloaded a QR code reader on their smartphones
- Select a case study that you can condense into a caselet narrated preferably from different perspectives. For example, if the caselet involves a manager and her team member, chunk it so you have 4 bits of information from the manager’s side and four from her team members. Eight is a good number in terms of chunks for this exercise.
- Copy-paste each chunk into a QR generator (I like using QRstuff). Select plain text from the panel on the left and paste the text into field. Download the QR code that’s generated.
- Print the QR codes. I prefer to use coloured paper so they’re easier for learners to find.
- Prepare some focus questions that learners will answer incrementally at they uncover the text in the QR codes.
- Stick the QR codes randomly around the classroom.
- Signpost your focus questions and tell learners that the answers are hidden within the QR codes posted around the room.
- Learners work in pairs to scan the QR codes and analyse bits of the caselet.
- They need to answer a question after scanning and reading an odd number of QR codes (for example after the first QR code, the third one, the fifth one, and the seventh one). Make sure they write their answers down.
- Ask learners to share their reaction to the caselet. How did their perception of the issue change as they uncovered the perspectives of the people involved and got a fuller picture?
- How do the different ‘agents’ feel?
- How might this relate to their own work?
- Get learners to discuss other context-specific questions based on the caselet.
The caselet I’ve used is adapted from Bob Dignen’s session on Leading International Projects at the recent BESIG Annual Conference in Munich.
- After scanning one QR code: What do you think is happening?
- After scanning three QR codes: Who is at fault? Why?
- After scanning five QR codes: What should be done to resolve the issue?
- After scanning seven QR codes: How could this situation have been avoided?
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