The tool I have this week is Canva (2017) which is an online software program that allows users to design visuals like that of posters, flyers, presentations, Facebook banners, web banners, ads, and more. Canva is a free tool where users can access tutorials, pictures, and backgrounds to create products. Canva also contains photos and templates that users can pay for, but most products are free. As a program, Canva is easy to use allowing for those who may not be very creative.
Full disclosure: have used Canva a handful of times, but never invested time to investigate what the program has to offer. I have used Canva to create banners for newsletters so as to add a photo to make the newsletter engaging. As I have learned more about the program, I am fascinated by the types of visuals that can be created from one program. The graphics are clean and professional looking. Within the healthcare arena, Canva is a practical tool to use to create nice business appropriate products that can be geared towards multiple audiences.
The downsides to using Canva were challenging to identify only because the software is well packaged. The two downsides I identified. The first is that the free templates allow for multiple users to use them. Users that access the free templates could very well see the same template used by others making the design less unique. The other downside is that Canva only offers online tutorials. Some individuals may need more engagement than clicking through online tutorials. When I visited a couple courses, users are to click through and interact with the program. For those who may be auditory learners, they miss out on listening to someone walk through the tutorials.
After learning more about Canva, I was curious to see what other tools exist for those within the healthcare environment. In my work, I provide training and technical assistance so I lead phone calls, webinars, and in-person meetings. One challenge I encounter is that I try to make webinars engaging but it is difficult at times. The difficulty typically comes with the topic and how much information must be addressed. Poll Everywhere is a free resource that allows for participants to answer questions in real-time using their cell phones. Typically, most staff I am training, have their cell phones with them or they are using their cell phones while I am presenting. I think using Poll Everywhere would be a great way to capitalize on the fact that participants have their phones on them.
Speaking of ways to use phones, I randomly checked out Kahoot which is an online game-based program that allows for learning to be done while making it fun. In Kahoot, questions are entered and once a game is created, participants will get a code to use to log in and answer the questions. I struggle with checking comprehension and making sure that what I am sharing is read by staff. I think Kahoot will help me do my job better.