Using Barcodes For Mobile Learning

Scanning barcodes with camera-enabled smartphones will be commonplace in the very near future, says Richard Nantel of Brandon Hall research.

Online auction powerhouse Ebay just bought a company called Redlaser. Redlaser produces an application that allows users to scan barcodes using an iPhone. Scanbuy, another barcode scanning technology provider, has announced the availability of a barcode software development kit for the android platform.

Nantel quotes John Sviokla of Harvard Business Review, who describes some of the potential uses of barcode technology. Many of these are applicable to learning and development and performance support:

1) To facilitate technical performance support, “simply attaching a permanent barcode to any product … allows it to be indexed to all its documentation, service history, ancillary products, parts, etc.”

2) To layer information and supporting media, “L.A. Candy, a book by Lauren Conrad … has a 2-D barcode on it that takes you to videos and other content about the book.”

And for easy retrieval of indexed information: “…scan all the data, have it stored in a secure place with the appropriate pass codes … and generate a unique barcode that will be a robust index to that data.”

As barcode scanning becomes more common, Nantel believes that we’ll see additional ideas on how this technology can be used for learning and development.

–Source: “Workplace Learning Today” by Brandon Hall Research

Scanning barcodes with camera-enabled smartphones will be commonplace in the very near future, says Richard Nantel of Brandon Hall research.

Online auction powerhouse Ebay just bought a company called Redlaser. Redlaser produces an application that allows users to scan barcodes using an iPhone. Scanbuy, another barcode scanning technology provider, has announced the availability of a barcode software development kit for the android platform.

Nantel quotes John Sviokla of Harvard Business Review, who describes some of the potential uses of barcode technology. Many of these are applicable to learning and development and performance support:

1) To facilitate technical performance support, “simply attaching a permanent barcode to any product … allows it to be indexed to all its documentation, service history, ancillary products, parts, etc.”

2) To layer information and supporting media, “L.A. Candy, a book by Lauren Conrad … has a 2-D barcode on it that takes you to videos and other content about the book.”

And for easy retrieval of indexed information: “…scan all the data, have it stored in a secure place with the appropriate pass codes … and generate a unique barcode that will be a robust index to that data.”

As barcode scanning becomes more common, Nantel believes that we’ll see additional ideas on how this technology can be used for learning and development.

–Source: “Workplace Learning Today” by Brandon Hall Research

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