Nuts and Bolts: Bootstrapping – by Jane Bozarth


Since the onset of COVID-19 organizations hurrying to move training have been seen by us. In a recent eLearning Guild survey, 86 percent of respondents said at least some”live” content was being changed to some other means of delivery. A challenge has been to operate yet when potential do more than simply create displays of offer or text hours of lecture, with little else, at a virtual assembly format. In certain cases there are less-traditional, perhaps better, alternatives that could be created and deployed more quickly.
Messaging can work nicely in lieu of a approach. We often see examples of this with associations that provide content in bites of up to about 5 minutes each week, with messages delivered across the period of a few days or weeks. Brian Dusablon of Learning Ninjas recently built a sample course for the Arist competition on accessibility and inclusion (you are able to register in the course at no cost here). Learners decide on the time of day and can subscribe to email or texts content will arrive. Figures 1-3 show a day’s articles.

Figure 1: Introduction to lesson on accessibility

Figure 2: Part 2 (of 3) of lesson

Figure 3: Lesson closes with hyperlinks to resources and question for reflection
As with the example above, learning experiences delivered by email can offer spaced learning and nudges to promote behavior change and sustain new customs. Email is familiar, ubiquitous, and comfortable for learners, and is embedded in the workflow. In her recent Learning Solutions informative article on the topic, ways email-based learning can be used for topics like compliance and onboarding are discussed by Sarah Mercier. She brought the topic into The eLearning Guild’s recent.

Figure 4: Example of an email instruction bite to get a workplace safety course
Learning campaigns
The email and text cases above illustrate the idea of learning frequently: A set of learning activities provided over time, and attempts . The example below offers behavior prompts–simple to harder–rather than lots of content. The objective of this campaign: To create a habit of giving opinions. Campaigns could be provided to text by means of a variety of formats, from email into LMS notifications or instant messaging.

New alliances
Medtronic device manufacturer and sales willingness platform teamed up to create a solution with effect on today’s hospital employees –and COVID patients. Hospitals are literally taking whatever they could get, such as products by. This is coupled with a situation where ventilator manufacturer repetitions and respiratory therapists are in short supply. This involved a huge 24/7 effort from both partners; equally also to provide translations for employees in non-English speaking countries and to convince producers to discuss data in an open manner. The app is available to any healthcare professional at no cost. See this Allego website.

Looking beyond approaches to tools and collaborations will help provide timely, powerful, engaging learning experiences. Try to look next-button articles and beyond talking-head virtual meetings for approaches that could enhance your offerings, even if working beneath abrupt and difficult constraints.


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