Did you know? Scanning QR Codes for Attendance in VTA LMS

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Introduction

QR ScanningFrom accessing a restaurant menu to sending cashless, no contact payments, QR codes have become a part of everyday life. The RISC VTA Mobile Apps for iPhone and Android have allowed Instructors to scan student QR codes for attendance but, what if you have a large training event or town-hall meeting where you want to track attendance? How do you handle tracking participation in events without an instructor like a fire drill?   The RISC LMS solution… Session QR Codes for scanning.

Generating a QR Code or Session URL

A QR Code can be created for any Scheduled or History session in RISC’s VTA Learning Management System (LMS).

Schedule or History

When the session record is opened in the RISC Virtual Training Assistant LMS, the QR Code URL is displayed on the record below the “Classroom” area on the record.  The QR code URL is only displayed after the record is saved.

Copy or Generate QR

From the session record, you can copy the URL or generate the QR code. Both are unique to the session and will bring students to the same web page.

Scanning for Attendance

Now, as students enter the training session or walk back into the building after a fire drill, they can scan the QR code or click on the URL to open the mobile-friendly attendance page.  The student enters their email address and confirms their attendance.

Confirmation

The student will have credit for the session immediately if it is a History session.  Scheduled session credit is given when the session is moved to history.  Easy right?

Rules…

User Not FoundThere are a few important rules on setting up the data to use the QR Code scanning for attendance.

First, the email must be in the student’s record and unique.

If the email address doesn’t match what is in VTA, the page will display a “User Not Found” message. If that same email address is used for more than one student record, the page will display a message that more than one user has the email address and credit cannot be given.

 

 

 

 

Second, scanning is only open during the Scanning Period.  The  StopwatchScanning Period is active from from 15minutes before the start of the session until 30 minutes after the session by default.  The amount of time before and after the session that the Scanning Period is open can be adjusted.  Just contact vtasupport@risc-inc.com to request a change.

You can review this same information on RISC’s YouTube Channel

 

Interested in Attendance Scanning or other functions of the RISC VTA Learning Management Suite?  Call us at 281-480-7910 or email VTASupport@risc-inc.com.

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Duncan Welder IV
Mr. Welder holds a Master’s of Education from Texas A&M University in Educational Technology and has more than 15 years experience in implementation of Learning Management Systems, both domestically and abroad. Mr. Welder has been recognized for his application of Learning Management Systems to manage regulatory-compliance in industries ranging from petrochemicals to finance and has provided presentations to professional organizations including the Gulf Coast Process Technology Alliance, the Northwest Process Technology Alliance and the American Society of Training and Development.
Mr. Welder’s career is founded in traditional instructional design and computer-based training development. He is a certified Development Dimensions International facilitator, a Kirkpatrick Certified Evaluator and facilitator of the Ohio State University curriculum development program. In addition to working in industry, Mr. Welder has held adjunct faculty positions at Bowling Green State University, Ohio and the College of the Mainland, Texas. Mr. Welder has been published in both Training Magazine as well as US Business Review.
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