Nuts and Bolts: Bootstrapping – by Jane Bozarth


Since the start of COVID-19 organizations rushing to move training that was F2F to internet formats have been seen by us. In a recent eLearning Guild survey, 86 percent of respondents said at least some”live” content was being shifted to some other way of delivery. A challenge is to operate quickly yet when possible do create click-next displays of text or offer hours of lecture, with little else, at a meeting format. In certain cases you will find perhaps better, options that could be created and deployed much more quickly.
Text-based messaging can work in lieu of a much more typical approach. We see examples of this with associations that provide content in snacks of around approximately 5 minutes each message, with messages delivered across the period of weeks or a few days. Brian Dusablon of Learning Ninjas recently assembled a sample course for the Arist competition on accessibility and inclusion (you can register in the class for free here). Learners can subscribe to email or texts and choose the time of day content will arrive. Figures 1-3 show the content of that a day.

Figure 1: Introduction to lesson accessibility

Figure 2: Part 2 (of 3) of lesson

As with the text-format example above, learning experiences can offer learning and nudges sustain customs and to promote behaviour change. Email is familiar, ubiquitous, and comfortable for learners, and is embedded in the workflow. In her Learning Solutions article on this issue, ways learning can be used for varied topics like onboarding and compliance 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 a email learning bite for a workplace safety course
Learning campaigns
The email and text cases above illustrate the idea of learning frequently: A series of learning activities offered across time, and attempts . The example below provides behavior prompts–easy to harder–instead of tons of content. The goal of this effort: To develop a custom of giving opinions. Campaigns could be offered via a variety of formats to LMS notifications or instant messaging to text.

New alliances
Allego sales willingness platform and medtronic medical device manufacturer teamed up to make a solution and COVID patients. Hospitals are taking whatever they could get, including products by. This can be coupled with a scenario in which respiratory therapists and ventilator manufacturer reps are in short supply. Medtronic and Allego collaborated to make the Ventilator Training Alliance program that contains ventilator instruction from all the Significant producers (Drager, GE Healthcare, Getinge, Hamilton Medical, Nihon Kohden, Phillips, Breas, Hillrom, Mindray, ResMed, Ventec Life Systems, Vyaire and Zoll) all in 1 place. By all reports, this involved an enormous 24/7 campaign from both spouses; equally to provide translations for employees in non-English speaking countries and to convince producers to share information in an open manner. The program is available to any health professional for free. See this Allego website.

Looking beyond approaches to tools and collaborations will help provide powerful, engaging learning experiences. Try to look content that is next-button and beyond talking-head virtual meetings for strategies that could improve your offerings, even when functioning beneath surprising and hard constraints.


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