Enhancing and enlivening classes with interactive visualisations

Preferences visualised

After having experimented with QandR for a while, Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences (HvA) formally joined the QandR family back in 2019, with the aim to further embed QandR within the university and finetune the software for use in a variety of educational settings, thus enhancing and enlivening classes with this innovative tool. A session with a group of second year students was a clear case in point.

Positioning matrix of a large group second year students

Quadrant to let students move dots to point out their preferences

Number of participants:
Lecture with 100 students, als used in work groups 5-10

When Rick Goossens of the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences wanted to use a positioning matrix in an informative plenary session with a group of first year students, QandR, that he and his colleague Jan-Jaap Heine had previously used as research tool in Design Thinking sessions, was the logical choice. QandR’s quadrant module proved well suited to the occasion, and approximately 100 students concurrently participated, moving their individual dots on their smartphones, and seeing them instantly reflected on the main screen. All in all, a nice interactive format that not only made for a cheerful and playful atmosphere, but generated insights as well. The video below gives an impression of the session.

This session once again demonstrated QANDR’s versatility, and its potential to enhance educational settings with visual interactivity, both for research and presentation of educational material. It also proved that, although QANDR is nowadays mainly used in smaller groups in fields like qualitative research, it can just as well be used in larger groups, with different dynamics but equal added value.