Nuts and Bolts: Bootstrapping – by Jane Bozarth


Since the onset of COVID-19 organizations rushing to move training that was F2F to online formats have been seen by us. A challenge has been to operate yet when potential do more than simply create click-next displays of text or provide hours of lecture, with little else, at a assembly format that is digital. In some instances you will find , perhaps better, alternatives that are less-traditional which could be created and deployed.
Messaging may work well in lieu of a much more typical strategy. We most often see examples of this with associations that provide content in bites of up to approximately five minutes per message, together with messages delivered across the span of weeks or a few days. Brian Dusablon of Learning Ninjas recently assembled a sample course for the Arist contest on accessibility and inclusion (you can register in the class at no cost here). Learners can subscribe to email or texts and choose the time of day new content will arrive. Figures 1-3 show the articles of a day.

Figure 1: Introduction to text-based lesson on accessibility

Figure 2: Part 2 (of 3) of lesson

Much like the example that is text-format above, learning experiences delivered by email can provide learning and nudges sustain customs and to promote behavior change. Email is ubiquitous, familiar, and comfortable for learners, and is currently embedded in the workflow. In her Learning Solutions article on this issue, ways learning may be used for topics such as onboarding and compliance are discussed by Sarah Mercier. She brought the topic into The eLearning Guild’s recent L&D on a Shoestring Online Conference.

Figure 4: Example of an email instruction snack to get a workplace safety course
Learning campaigns
The text and email examples above illustrate the notion of learning A set of learning activities offered over time campaigns, and frequently . The example below mostly provides behavior prompts–simple to harder–rather than tons of instructional content. The goal of this effort. Campaigns could be offered to text via a variety of formats, from email into LMS notifications or instant messaging. View my March 2020 Nuts & Bolts column for more on learning campaigns.

Figure 5: Example of jobs for a learning effort with the goal of helping managers develop a habit of giving feedback
New alliances
Medtronic medical device manufacturer and sales readiness stage teamed up to create a solution with effect on the current hospital employees –and COVID patients. Hospitals are taking whatever they could get, including products with which they have no experience. This can be coupled with a scenario in which respiratory therapists and ventilator manufacturer repetitions are in short supply. This involved a huge 24/7 campaign from both partners; both also to provide translations for employees in non-English speaking states and to convince manufacturers to share information in an open manner. The app is available to any healthcare professional at no cost. Watch this Allego website.

Figure 6: The Ventilator Training Alliance app provides ventilator training from all Significant ventilator manufacturers to healthcare workers
Looking past approaches to familiar applications and innovative collaborations will help provide timely, powerful, engaging learning experiences. Try to look past talking-head digital meetings and next-button articles for strategies that could enhance your offerings, even if working under difficult and abrupt constraints.


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