Nuts and Bolts: Bootstrapping – by Jane Bozarth

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Since the start of COVID-19 we’ve seen organizations hurrying to move training that was F2F to online formats. In a current eLearning Guild survey, 86 percent of respondents said at least some”live” content has been shifted to another means of delivery. A challenge has been to work yet when potential do produce click-next displays of text or provide hours of lecture, with little else, in a meeting format that is digital. In certain instances there are perhaps better, alternatives which could be created and deployed.
Text
Messaging can work nicely in lieu of a much strategy. We often see examples of the with organizations that provide content in bites of up to about five minutes per message, together with messages delivered throughout the period of months or a few days. Brian Dusablon of Learning Ninjas recently assembled a sample course for the Arist contest on inclusion and accessibility (you can enroll in the course for free here). Learners decide on the time of day and can subscribe to email or texts content will arrive. Figures 1-3 show the articles of that a day.

Figure 1: Introduction to lesson on accessibility

Figure 2: Part 2 (of 3) of lesson

Figure 3: Lesson closes with question for reflection and links to resources
Email
As with the illustration previously, learning experiences delivered by email can provide learning and nudges to encourage behavior change and sustain customs. Email is ubiquitous, familiar, and comfortable for students, and is currently embedded in the workflow. In her current Learning Solutions informative article on the topic, ways email-based learning can be used for varied topics such as compliance and onboarding are discussed by Sarah Mercier. She brought the topic on a Shoestring Online Conference to The eLearning Guild’s current L&D.

Figure 4: Example of an instruction bite for a workplace safety Program
Learning campaigns
The email and text examples above illustrate the notion of learning campaigns: A set of learning activities provided across time, and frequently including mediums, designed to provide nudges that support behavior change. The example below mainly provides behavior prompts–simple to harder–rather than lots of educational content. The goal of this campaign. Campaigns could be provided via many different formats, from email to instant messaging or LMS notifications to text. View my March 2020 Nuts & Bolts column for more about learning campaigns.

New alliances
Allego earnings readiness platform and medtronic medical device manufacturer recently teamed up to make a solution with substantial impact on the current hospital workers — and COVID patients. Hospitals desperate for ventilators, are taking whatever they could get, including products by. This can be coupled with a situation in which ventilator manufacturer repetitions and respiratory therapists are in short supply. This involved a huge 24/7 effort from both partners to convince producers to discuss proprietary data in an open way and to provide translations for workers in non-English speaking states. The app is available to any healthcare professional for free. Watch this Allego website to find out more.

Looking beyond approaches to tools that are familiar and creative collaborations will help provide timely, powerful, engaging learning experiences. Try to look articles and beyond digital meetings for approaches which could enhance your offerings, even if working beneath constraints that are hard and abrupt.

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