Nuts and Bolts: Bootstrapping – by Jane Bozarth

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Since the onset of COVID-19 organizations rushing to proceed training that was F2F to internet formats have been seen by us. In a current eLearning Guild survey, 86 percent of respondents said at least several”live” content was being shifted to some other means of delivery. A challenge is to operate fast yet when possible do more than just create displays of offer or text hours of lecture, with little else, in a virtual meeting format. In some instances there are , possibly better, options that are less-traditional that could be created and deployed more quickly.
Text
Messaging can operate nicely in lieu of a much strategy. We often see examples of the with associations offering content in bites of around about 5 minutes each week, with messages delivered throughout the period of a couple of days or weeks. Brian Dusablon of Learning Ninjas recently built a sample path for the Arist contest on inclusion and accessibility (you are able to register in the class for free here). Learners choose the time of day and can subscribe to texts or email 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

Email
Much like the illustration that is text-format previously, learning experiences can offer learning and nudges to promote behaviour change and preserve new habits. Email is familiar, ubiquitous, and comfortable for learners, and is already embedded in the workflow. In her Learning Solutions article on the topic, ways learning may be used for topics such as compliance and onboarding are discussed by Sarah Mercier. She brought the topic into the current L&D of The eLearning Guild on a Shoestring Online Conference.

Figure 4: Example of a email instruction bite for a workplace safety Program
Learning campaigns
The email and text cases above illustrate the idea of learning attempts: A series of learning activities offered across time, and frequently including mediums, designed to provide nudges that support behaviour change. The example below mainly provides behavior prompts–easy to harder–instead of lots of educational content. The objective of this campaign: To create a habit of giving opinions. Campaigns could be offered via many different formats into messaging or LMS notifications to text. View my March 2020 Nuts & Bolts column for more about learning attempts.

New alliances
Medtronic medical device manufacturer and sales willingness platform teamed up to make a solution with substantial impact on the current hospital workers–and COVID patients. Hospitals are taking whatever they could get, including products by which they have zero experience. This is coupled with a scenario where ventilator manufacturer reps and respiratory therapists are in short supply. This involved an campaign from both spouses to convince producers to share data in such an open way and also to provide translations. The app is available to any health professional for free. See this Allego site.

Looking beyond approaches to applications that are familiar and collaborations will help provide timely, effective, engaging learning experiences. Try to look beyond virtual meetings and next-button content for approaches that could improve your offerings, even if working under abrupt and difficult constraints.

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