Nuts and Bolts: Bootstrapping – by Jane Bozarth


Since the start of COVID-19 organizations hurrying to move F2F training to formats have been seen by us. In a current eLearning Guild survey, 86 percent of respondents said at least some”live” content was being shifted to another way of delivery. A challenge has been to operate quickly yet when possible do create displays of text or provide hours of lecture, with little else, at a digital meeting format. In some cases there are , possibly better, options that are less-traditional which could be made and deployed quickly.
Text-based messaging can work well in lieu of a more usual strategy. We often see examples of this with associations that provide content in snacks of around about 5 minutes each message, together with messages delivered across the span of weeks or a couple of days. Brian Dusablon of Learning Ninjas recently built a sample course to the Arist competition on accessibility and inclusion (you are able to register in the class at no cost here). Learners can subscribe to email or texts and decide on the time of day new content will arrive. Figures 1-3 show the articles of that a day.

Figure 1: Introduction to text-based lesson on accessibility

Figure 2: Part 2 (of 3) of lesson

Figure 3: Lesson closes with links to resources and question for reflection
Much like the illustration that is text-format above, learning experiences delivered by email can provide learning and nudges preserve new customs and to encourage behaviour change. Email is familiar, ubiquitous, and comfortable for students, and is embedded in the workflow. In her Learning Solutions article on this issue, Sarah Mercier discusses ways email-based learning can be used for topics such as compliance and onboarding. She brought the subject on a Shoestring Online Conference to the current L&D of The eLearning Guild.

Figure 4: Example of an email learning bite for a workplace safety course
Learning campaigns
The email and text examples above illustrate the idea of learning often: A series of learning activities and campaigns . The example below mostly provides behavior prompts–simple to harder–instead of lots of content. The objective of this campaign. Campaigns could be offered by means of a variety of formats to LMS notifications or messaging to text.

Figure 5: Example of tasks for a learning campaign with the Aim of helping managers develop a habit of giving feedback
New alliances
Medtronic medical device manufacturer and COVID patients — and Allego sales readiness platform teamed up to make a solution with effect on today’s hospital employees. Hospitals are taking whatever they could get, including goods with which they have no experience. This is coupled with a situation where respiratory therapists and ventilator manufacturer reps are in short supply. Medtronic and Allego collaborated to make the Ventilator Training Alliance app 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 one place. By all accounts, this involved an campaign from both partners; both to provide translations and to convince producers to share data in such an open manner. The app is available to any healthcare professional at no cost. See this Allego site.

Figure 6: The Ventilator Training Alliance app provides healthcare workers with ventilator instruction from all ventilator manufacturers
Looking beyond approaches to familiar applications and creative collaborations can help provide effective learning experiences. Try to look next-button articles and beyond talking-head digital meetings for strategies that could enhance your offerings, even when functioning beneath surprising and difficult constraints.


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