I knew that at some point I wanted to do a series about Volunteer Toolkit (aka VTK) when our council finally got it. I realize it’s been three years since it launched so I’m way behind the curve, but I couldn’t do anything about it since our council was one of the last ones to come onboard. Originally I was going to put together a list of what doesn’t work and how it could be improved. But after thinking through this approach, I realized it would be more effective if I just recorded me attempting to use VTK than to try to document every little quirk and bug.
I actually do not use VTK to plan my meetings. These videos may be very tedious to some of you who really don’t care a thing about VTK, much less watching someone fumble their way through it. But maybe – just maybe – someone will watch it and a light bulb will go off. Or maybe not. To dream… the impossible dream!
I go through this in the video but just to make sure everybody knows, I do NOT represent my council in these videos. I have to start at my council’s home page to log into VTK obviously, but please do not take that to mean anything or read into it. This is my personal VTK account. And like I stated earlier, I’m not creating these videos to bash VTK or to make fun of it. I’m sincerely trying to help (yeah, yeah… I know) and show what it looks like when a volunteer is trying to use it in the real world. Also, these videos are saved on YouTube, but I’ve set them as Unlisted so that someone doing a search for VTK on YouTube will not come across them.
Also, I apologize for the sound quality. This was actually my second take because the microphone screwed up a lot, and it still does in some places. I think it’s due to it rubbing against my shirt when I move around. There’s some feedback as well and it’s kinda muffled. Hopefully I’ll figure out what the issue is for future videos.
If you watching this on the blog website, the video might be too small to view, so here’s a link to watch it directly on YouTube that should have a larger display.
FYI, I realized my mistake with the meeting date scheduling after the fact, so I’ll cover that in the next video. Thanks for watching!
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