Nuts and Bolts: Bootstrapping – by Jane Bozarth


Since the start of COVID-19 we’ve seen organizations hurrying to move training that was F2F to online formats. A challenge is to operate quickly yet when possible do create click-next displays of text or provide hours of lecture, with little else, at a meeting format that is digital. In some instances you will find , possibly better, options that are less-traditional which can be made and deployed.
Text-based messaging can work well in lieu of a strategy. We often see examples of this with organizations that provide content in snacks of up to about 5 minutes each message, with messages delivered throughout the span of months or a few days. Brian Dusablon of Learning Ninjas recently built a sample course for the Arist contest on accessibility and inclusion (you can register in the course at no cost here). Learners decide on the time of day and can subscribe to email or texts new content will arrive. Figures 1-3 show the articles of that a day.

Figure 1: Introduction to text-based lesson accessibility

Figure 2: Part 2 (of 3) of lesson

As with the illustration that is text-format above, learning experiences can provide learning and nudges to promote behavior change and sustain new habits. Email is ubiquitous, familiar, and comfortable for students, and is currently embedded in the workflow. In her Learning Solutions informative article on this issue, Sarah Mercier discusses ways email-based learning can be used for topics like compliance and onboarding. She brought the topic into the current L&D of The eLearning Guild on a Shoestring Online Conference.

Figure 4: Example of a learning bite to get a workplace safety Program
Learning campaigns
The email and text cases above illustrate the notion of learning A series of learning activities provided across time campaigns, and often . The example below mainly provides behavior prompts–easy to harder–instead of lots of content. The goal of this effort. Campaigns can be provided to text via many different formats, from email into instant messaging or LMS notifications. View my March 2020 Nuts & Bolts column on learning campaigns for more.

Figure 5: Example of tasks 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 manufacturer teamed up to create a solution with considerable effect on today’s hospital workers — and COVID patients. Hospitals are literally taking whatever they can get, including products with. This is coupled with a situation in which ventilator manufacturer repetitions and respiratory therapists are in short supply. This involved an effort from both partners; equally to convince producers to discuss data in such an open way and to provide translations. The program is available to any health professional at no cost. Watch this Allego site to learn more.

Looking past traditional approaches to familiar tools and innovative collaborations can help provide powerful, engaging learning experiences. Try to look past talking-head digital meetings and articles for strategies that can improve your offerings, even if functioning beneath constraints that are surprising and difficult.


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