Nuts and Bolts: Bootstrapping – by Jane Bozarth

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Since the start of COVID-19 we have seen organizations hurrying to proceed F2F training. In a recent eLearning Guild survey, 86 percent of respondents said at least several”live” content has been shifted to some other means of delivery. A challenge is to work yet when potential do create displays of provide or text hours of lecture, with little else, at a meeting format that is digital. In certain instances you will find , perhaps better, options that are less-traditional that can be created and deployed more quickly.
Text
Messaging can work in lieu of a much strategy. We see examples of this with organizations offering content in bites of up to approximately 5 minutes each message, together with messages delivered throughout the period of months or a few days. Brian Dusablon of Learning Ninjas recently built a sample course for the Arist contest on accessibility and inclusion (you can register in the course at no cost here). Learners can subscribe to texts or email and decide on the time of day content will arrive. Figures 1-3 show a day’s content.

Figure 1: Introduction to lesson accessibility

Figure 2: Part 2 (of 3) of lesson

Figure 3: Lesson closes with query for reflection and links to resources
Email
As with the illustration previously, learning experiences delivered by email can provide spaced learning and nudges to promote behavior change and preserve customs. Email is ubiquitous, familiar, and comfortable for students, and is currently embedded in the workflow. In her recent Learning Solutions informative article on this issue, ways email-based learning can be used for topics such as compliance and Immunology are discussed by Sarah Mercier. She also brought the topic to The eLearning Guild’s recent L&D on a Shoestring Online Conference.

Figure 4: Example of a email instruction snack to get a workplace safety Program
Learning campaigns
The text and email examples above illustrate the idea of learning campaigns: A series of learning activities and often . The example below mostly provides behavior prompts–simple to harder–instead of tons of educational content. The goal of this campaign: To develop a custom of giving feedback. Campaigns can be provided by means of a variety of formats to messaging or LMS notifications to text. See my March 2020 Nuts & Bolts column for more about learning campaigns.

New alliances
Medtronic medical device manufacturer and COVID patients — and sales readiness platform teamed up to create a solution with substantial effect on today’s hospital workers. Hospitals, many desperate for ventilators, are taking whatever they can get, including products with. This can be coupled with a situation in which respiratory therapists and ventilator manufacturer reps are in short supply. Medtronic and Allego collaborated to create the Ventilator Training Alliance program that contains ventilator training 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. By all accounts, this involved an enormous 24/7 effort from both partners; equally to convince manufacturers to discuss proprietary information in such an open manner and to provide translations. The program is available to any healthcare professional at no cost. Watch this Allego website to learn more.

Figure 6: The Ventilator Training Alliance program provides ventilator training from all ventilator manufacturers to healthcare workers
Looking traditional approaches to applications that are familiar and innovative collaborations will help provide powerful, engaging learning experiences. Try to look content that is next-button and past talking-head digital meetings for strategies that can enhance your offerings, even when working under constraints that are hard and surprising.

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