Nuts and Bolts: Bootstrapping – by Jane Bozarth


Since the onset of COVID-19 we have seen organizations hurrying to proceed training that was F2F to formats. A challenge has been to operate yet when possible do create click-next screens of text or provide hours of lecture, with little else, at a virtual assembly format. In certain instances you will find , possibly better, options that are less-traditional that can be created and deployed quickly.
Messaging may work in lieu of a much more typical approach. We see examples of the with associations that provide content in snacks of around approximately five minutes per week, with messages delivered throughout the span of a couple of days or months. Brian Dusablon of Learning Ninjas recently built a sample course to the Arist contest on accessibility and inclusion (you can enroll in the class at no cost here). Learners can subscribe to email or texts and decide on 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 2: Part 2 (of 3) of lesson

As with the example above, learning experiences delivered by email can provide spaced learning and nudges sustain habits and to encourage behavior change. Email is ubiquitous, familiar, and comfortable for learners, and is embedded in the workflow. In her current Learning Solutions article on the topic, ways email-based learning may be used for topics such as compliance and onboarding are discussed by Sarah Mercier. She brought the topic to The eLearning Guild’s current L&D on a Shoestring Online Conference.

Figure 4: Example of an instruction snack for a workplace safety course
Learning campaigns
The email and text examples above illustrate the notion of learning frequently: A series of learning activities offered across time, and attempts . The example below mainly provides behavior prompts–easy to harder–rather than tons of content. The objective of this campaign: To create a custom of giving opinions. Campaigns can be offered to text by means of a variety of formats to LMS notifications or instant messaging.

Figure 5: Example of tasks for a learning campaign with the Aim of helping managers develop a habit of giving opinions
New alliances
Medtronic medical device maker and Allego sales readiness platform recently teamed up to make a solution with effect on the current hospital workers–and COVID patients. Hospitals, many desperate for ventilators, are literally taking whatever they can get, such as goods with which they have no experience. This can be coupled with a scenario where respiratory therapists and ventilator manufacturer reps are in short supply. Medtronic and Allego collaborated to make the Ventilator Training Alliance app that Includes ventilator training from all the major producers (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 reports, this involved an effort from both partners; both to convince producers to discuss data in an open manner and also to provide translations. The app is available to any health professional at no cost. Watch this Allego site to learn more.

Figure 6: The Ventilator Training Alliance app Offers ventilator training from all major ventilator manufacturers to healthcare workers
Looking beyond methods to applications and collaborations will help provide timely, effectiveand engaging learning experiences. Try to look content that is next-button and beyond talking-head virtual meetings for strategies that can enhance your offerings, even if functioning beneath difficult and abrupt constraints.


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