Nuts and Bolts: Bootstrapping – by Jane Bozarth

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Since the onset of COVID-19 we’ve seen organizations hurrying to proceed training to internet formats. In a recent eLearning Guild survey, 86 percent of respondents said at least several”live” content was being changed to some other means of delivery. A challenge is to work yet when potential do create click-next screens of text or offer hours of lecture, with little else, in a meeting format that is digital. In certain instances there are , possibly better, options that are less-traditional that can be made and deployed.
Text
Messaging may work well in lieu of a approach. We see examples of the with organizations offering content in snacks of up to about 5 minutes each week, with messages delivered across the period of weeks or a few days. Brian Dusablon of Learning Ninjas recently assembled a sample route to the Arist contest on inclusion and accessibility (you are able to register in the class at no cost here). Learners can subscribe to email or texts and choose the time of day content will arrive. Figures 1-3 show the content of that a day.

Figure 1: Introduction to text-based lesson on accessibility

Figure 3: Lesson closes with hyperlinks to further resources and question for reflection
Email
Much like the text-format illustration previously, learning experiences can offer nudges and learning to encourage behavior change and preserve customs. Email is familiar, ubiquitous, and comfortable for students, and is currently embedded in the workflow. In her recent Learning Solutions informative article on the topic, Sarah Mercier discusses ways email-based learning may be used for topics such as compliance and onboarding. She brought the subject on a Shoestring Online Conference into the recent L&D of The eLearning Guild.

Figure 4: Example of a instruction bite for a workplace safety course
Learning campaigns
The text and email cases above illustrate the notion of learning attempts: A set of learning activities offered over time, and often . The example below mainly offers behavior prompts–simple to harder–instead of lots of content. The objective of this campaign. Campaigns can be offered by means of a variety of formats to text into messaging or LMS notifications. View my March 2020 Nuts & Bolts column for more about learning attempts.

Figure 5: Example of tasks for a learning campaign with the goal of helping managers develop a habit of giving feedback
New alliances
Medtronic medical device manufacturer and sales readiness platform teamed up to create a solution with considerable impact on today’s hospital workers–and COVID patients. Hospitals, many desperate for ventilators, are literally taking whatever they can get, including products with. This is coupled with a scenario in which ventilator manufacturer repetitions and respiratory therapists are in short supply. Medtronic and Allego collaborated to create the Ventilator Training Alliance program that contains ventilator instruction from all the major manufacturers (Drager, GE Healthcare, Getinge, Hamilton Medical, Nihon Kohden, Phillips, Breas, Hillrom, Mindray, ResMed, Ventec Life Systems, Vyaire and Zoll) all in one place. This involved a huge 24/7 campaign from both partners to provide translations for workers in non-English speaking countries and to convince manufacturers to discuss proprietary information in an open way. The program is available to any health professional at no cost. Watch this Allego site.

Figure 6: The Ventilator Training Alliance program Offers healthcare workers with ventilator instruction from all major ventilator manufacturers
Looking past approaches to applications and creative collaborations will help provide timely, effective, engaging learning experiences. Try to look next-button content and past digital meetings for approaches that can improve your offerings, even if functioning under constraints.

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