Nuts and Bolts: Bootstrapping – by Jane Bozarth


Since the start of COVID-19 we have seen organizations rushing to proceed training that was F2F to internet formats. A challenge has been to operate quickly yet when potential do more than just create click-next screens of offer or text hours of lecture, with little else, in a meeting format that is virtual. In certain cases there are less-traditional, possibly better, alternatives that could be made and deployed more quickly.
Text-based messaging can work in lieu of a strategy. We often see examples of this with associations offering content in snacks of up to about five minutes per message, with messages delivered throughout the period of a few days or weeks. Brian Dusablon of Learning Ninjas recently built a sample course to the Arist competition on inclusion and accessibility (you are able to enroll in the course for free here). Learners can subscribe to email or texts and choose the time of day new content will arrive. Figures 1-3 show a day’s content.

Figure 1: Introduction to text-based lesson on accessibility

Figure 3: Lesson closes with query for reflection and hyperlinks to additional resources
As with the text-format example previously, learning experiences delivered by email can offer nudges and spaced learning sustain new habits and to promote behaviour change. Email is ubiquitous, familiar, and comfortable for students, and is currently embedded in the workflow. In her Learning Solutions article on the topic, ways email-based learning can be used for varied topics like compliance and onboarding are discussed by Sarah Mercier. She brought the subject on a Shoestring Online Conference to the recent L&D of The eLearning Guild.

Figure 4: Example of an instruction snack for a workplace safety Program
Learning campaigns
The email and text examples above illustrate the idea of learning campaigns: A series of learning activities offered over time, and frequently including mediums, designed to provide nudges that support behaviour change. The example below mainly offers behavior prompts–simple to harder–instead of tons of instructional content. The goal of this effort: To develop a habit of giving opinions. Campaigns could be offered by means of a variety of formats to LMS notifications or messaging to text.

New alliances
Allego sales readiness platform and medtronic device manufacturer recently teamed up to create a solution with effect on the hospital employees of today — and COVID patients. Hospitals distressed for ventilators, are literally taking whatever they could get, such as products by. This is coupled with a situation in which ventilator manufacturer reps and respiratory therapists are in short supply. Medtronic and Allego collaborated to create 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. By all reports, this involved an campaign from both partners; both to convince manufacturers to discuss data in such an open manner and also to provide translations for employees in non-English speaking countries. The app is available to any health professional for free. See this Allego website to find out more.

Looking past traditional methods to tools and collaborations can help provide timely, effective, engaging learning experiences. Try to look content that is next-button and past virtual meetings for approaches that could enhance your offerings, even if functioning beneath constraints that are difficult and surprising.


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