PhD Blog Assignment – WK4

  1. YouTube

In the video, “Using digital media for learning,” Dr. David Cavallo discusses how his son used YouTube to search how to learn and pick up a Scottish accent so that the son could apply it to his role in a Shakespeare play (Laureate Education, 2012). YouTube is an excellent tool for learning. I have used YouTube to help me navigate assignments while I was taking a course on Statistics for Research. I was able to locate videos addressing SPSS that walked me through “how-to” problems one step at a time. Pappas (2015) highlights additional reasons why YouTube videos should be integrated into the eLearning environment: YouTube videos are easy to integrate, it is easy to generate and promote online discussion, YouTube videos are conducive to mobile learning, YouTube videos allow for microlearning, YouTube videos enhance the comprehension of complex concepts, and allows users to make their own videos. In discussions with my fellow colleagues, I have learned that my colleagues at work have used YouTube to figure out how to fix household stuff (including parts of a refrigerator and riding lawn mower), to educate themselves on topics, and follow their favorite bloggers that offer reviews on certain things. YouTube videos could further be incorporated in my professional practice to teach some of our standard topics, to meet annual training requirements, and to pull videos from incidents that have occurred to help facilitate training discussions.

  1. Tovuti Software

I must admit, the name of this software caught my attention and reminded me of the original Overboard movie from 1987 when the husband on yacht asks were his Tofutti went.  Tovuti Software is in all-in-one, cloud based solution that features course authoring, interactive content (including interactive video), live video conferencing, social communities, gamification, certifications, reports/analytics, quizzes, assessments, eCommerce, subscription management, instant messaging, blended learning, and mobile learning (Software Advice, n.d.). Tovuti Software currently houses a database of over 7,000 courses on Human Resources training, compliance and professional development (Software Advice, n.d.). Based on the overview, this software offers a comprehensive set of abilities to create an entire in-house learning system. Within my profession, this software could be used by numerous divisions. Human resources could use it for training, it could be used to connect regions during live training (helping the entire state be connected at the same time), the instant messaging would help facilitate faster communication, and the blended learning could help break up training modules with an in-person portion and an individual self-paced portion. My organization currently meets several of these needs through many different apps and brands. By using a program like Tovuti, we could do away with numerous programs and reduce the number of programs we use.

Reference

Laureate Education (Producer). (2012a). Using digital media for learning [Video file]. Retrieved from https://class.waldenu.edu.

Pappas, C. (2015). 8 Important Reasons why YouTube Should Be Part of Your eLearning Course [Blog post]. eLearning Industry. Retrieved from: https://elearningindustry.com/8-important-reasons-youtube-part-elearning-course

Software Advice. (n.d.). Tovuti Software. Product Overview, Reviews, and Comparisons. Retrieved from: https://www.softwareadvice.com/lms/tovuti-profile/

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