Nuts and Bolts: Bootstrapping – by Jane Bozarth


Since the onset of COVID-19 we’ve seen organizations hurrying to proceed training that was F2F to formats. A challenge is to operate yet when possible do create displays of text or provide hours of lecture, with little else, at a digital meeting format. In certain cases you will find , perhaps better, options that are less-traditional which can be made and deployed quickly.
Messaging may work in lieu of a more typical approach. We often see examples of this with organizations that provide content in snacks of up to approximately 5 minutes each message, with messages delivered across the period of a couple of days or weeks. Brian Dusablon of Learning Ninjas recently built a sample path for the Arist contest on accessibility and inclusion (you are able to enroll in the class at no cost here). Learners can subscribe to email or texts and choose the time of day new content will arrive. Figures 1-3 show that a day’s content.

Figure 1: Introduction to lesson accessibility

Figure 2: Part 2 (of 3) of lesson

As with the text-format example above, learning experiences can provide nudges and spaced learning to promote behaviour change and preserve new habits. Email is familiar, ubiquitous, and comfortable for learners, 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 varied topics such as onboarding and compliance. She brought the topic on a Shoestring Online Conference to the recent L&D of The eLearning Guild.

Figure 4: Example of a email instruction bite to get a workplace safety course
Learning campaigns
The text and email examples above illustrate the idea of learning campaigns: A series of learning activities and frequently . The example below provides behavior prompts–easy to harder–instead of lots of content. The goal of this effort: To develop a habit of giving feedback. Campaigns can be offered via many different formats to text. View my March 2020 Nuts & Bolts column for more about learning campaigns.

Figure 5: Example of jobs for a learning effort with the Aim of helping managers develop a habit of giving feedback
New alliances
Sales willingness platform and medtronic medical device maker teamed up to create a solution with effect on the hospital workers of today — and COVID patients. Hospitals, many distressed for ventilators, are taking whatever they can get, including products with. This is 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 provide translations and to convince manufacturers to discuss data in such an open manner. The program is available to any health professional at no cost. Watch this Allego website.

Looking beyond traditional methods to tools and innovative collaborations can help provide effective, engaging learning experiences. Try to look content that is next-button and beyond talking-head digital meetings for approaches that can improve your offerings, even when functioning beneath abrupt and difficult constraints.


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