Nuts and Bolts: Bootstrapping – by Jane Bozarth


Since the start of COVID-19 organizations hurrying to move training that was F2F to online formats have been seen by us. In a recent eLearning Guild survey, 86 percent of respondents said at least several”live” content has been shifted to some other way of delivery. A challenge is to operate yet when possible do more than simply create click-next displays of text or provide hours of lecture, with little else, at a meeting format that is digital. In certain cases there are , perhaps better, alternatives that are less-traditional that could be created and deployed quickly.
Messaging can work in lieu of a approach. We often see examples of this with organizations that provide content in snacks of around approximately 5 minutes each week, together with messages delivered across the period of a few days or months. Brian Dusablon of Learning Ninjas recently built a sample path to the Arist contest on accessibility and inclusion (you are able to enroll in the class at no cost here). Learners can subscribe to texts or email and choose the time of day new content will arrive. Figures 1-3 show the content of that a day.

Figure 1: Introduction to lesson on accessibility

Figure 2: Part 2 (of 3) of lesson

As with the illustration above, learning experiences can provide nudges and spaced learning preserve new customs and to encourage behaviour change. Email is ubiquitous, familiar, and comfortable for learners, and is embedded in the workflow. In her Learning Solutions article on the topic, ways learning can be used for topics like compliance and onboarding are discussed by Sarah Mercier. She brought the subject on a Shoestring Online Conference to The eLearning Guild’s recent L&D.

Figure 4: Example of an instruction bite for a workplace safety course
Learning campaigns
The text and email examples above illustrate the idea of learning attempts: A series of learning activities and often including different mediums, designed to provide nudges that support behaviour change. The example below mostly offers behavior prompts–easy to harder–rather than tons of educational content. The goal of this campaign. Campaigns could be provided via a variety of formats to messaging or LMS notifications to text. See my March 2020 Nuts & Bolts column for more about learning attempts.

Figure 5: Example of jobs for a learning effort with the goal of helping managers develop a habit of giving feedback
New alliances
Sales willingness platform and medtronic medical device manufacturer recently teamed up to create a solution and COVID patients. Hospitals distressed for ventilators, are taking whatever they could get, such as products with. This can be coupled with a situation where ventilator manufacturer reps and respiratory therapists are in short supply. By all accounts, this involved an effort from both spouses to convince producers to discuss data in an open manner and also to provide translations for workers in non-English speaking states. The app is available to any healthcare practitioner at no cost. See this Allego site.

Figure 6: The Ventilator Training Alliance app provides ventilator instruction from all ventilator manufacturers to healthcare workers
Looking past approaches to familiar tools and collaborations will help provide effective learning experiences. Try to look content and past talking-head digital meetings for strategies that could enhance your offerings, even when functioning under constraints that are hard and abrupt.


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