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New QR Code App Improves Covid-19 Classroom Contact Tracing

The Office of Information Technology has developed a new application to improve the quality of contact tracing and attendance tracking data in Boise State classrooms.

This semester students and instructors will use their mobile devices to scan QR codes at assigned seats and locations in the classroom. This will launch a web application with a quick prompt for authorization and location data already populated. The resulting data is cleaner and more accurate as opposed to asking students to fill out a survey, and makes it easier for our Public Health Office to facilitate contact tracing for potential interactions with individuals identified as positive for Covid-19.

Some classrooms may not have a typical seating arrangement and will only have one QR code sign posted to represent the entire space. Students and instructors should scan that one code if applicable.

Visit OIT’s website for additional information about classroom contact tracing and attendance tracking, along with resources for scanning QR codes with mobile devices.

Students and instructors should contact the Help Desk for questions or assistance.