Nuts and Bolts: Bootstrapping – by Jane Bozarth


Since the start of COVID-19 organizations rushing to proceed training that was F2F to formats have been seen by us. A challenge is to work however when possible do more than just create click-next displays of text or offer hours of lecture, with little else, in a meeting format that is digital. In some instances there are perhaps better, alternatives which could be made and deployed.
Text-based messaging can work nicely in lieu of a much more usual strategy. We see examples of this with organizations that provide content in snacks of up to approximately five minutes per message, with messages delivered across the period of a couple of days or months. Brian Dusablon of Learning Ninjas recently built a sample route 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 choose 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

Much like the illustration that is text-format previously, learning experiences delivered by email can offer nudges and spaced learning sustain habits and to encourage behavior change. Email is familiar, ubiquitous, and comfortable for students, and is embedded in the workflow. In her current Learning Solutions article on this issue, Sarah Mercier discusses ways email-based learning can be used for topics like compliance and Immunology. She also brought the subject into The eLearning Guild’s current.

Figure 4: Example of a instruction snack to get a workplace safety course
Learning campaigns
The text and email cases above illustrate the idea of learning A set of learning activities offered over time campaigns, and often . The example below mostly provides behavior prompts–simple to harder–instead of tons of content. The objective of this effort. Campaigns could be offered by means of many different formats into LMS notifications or messaging to text. View my March 2020 Nuts & Bolts column for more about learning campaigns.

New alliances
Medtronic device maker and sales readiness platform teamed up to make a solution with impact on the current hospital employees –and COVID patients. Hospitals are taking whatever they could get, such as products with. This is coupled with a situation in which respiratory therapists and ventilator manufacturer repetitions are in short supply. Medtronic and Allego collaborated to make the Ventilator Training Alliance app that contains ventilator instruction from all the major manufacturers (Drager, GE Healthcare, Getinge, Hamilton Medical, Nihon Kohden, Phillips, Breas, Hillrom, Mindray, ResMed, Ventec Life Systems, Vyaire and Zoll) all in one place. This involved a huge 24/7 effort from both partners; both to convince manufacturers to discuss data in an open manner and also to provide translations. The app is available to any healthcare professional at no cost. Watch this Allego website to find out more.

Looking beyond traditional methods to applications that are familiar and collaborations can help provide effective, engaging learning experiences. Try to look content that is next-button and beyond digital meetings for approaches which could enhance your offerings, even if working under constraints.


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