Nuts and Bolts: Bootstrapping – from Jane Bozarth


Since the start of COVID-19 organizations hurrying to proceed training have been seen by us. A challenge has been to operate yet when possible do create click-next displays of text or offer hours of lecture, with little else, in a assembly format that is virtual. In some cases there are possibly better, alternatives which could be created and deployed.
Text-based messaging may work well in lieu of a approach. We most often see examples of this with organizations that provide content in bites of up to about 5 minutes each message, together with messages delivered across the span of weeks or a few days. Brian Dusablon of Learning Ninjas recently assembled a sample route to the Arist competition 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 content will arrive. Figures 1-3 show the articles of that a day.

Figure 1: Intro to text-based lesson on accessibility

Figure 2: Part 2 (of 3) of lesson

As with the text-format illustration above, learning experiences delivered by email can offer nudges and spaced learning to promote behavior change and preserve new customs. Email is familiar, ubiquitous, and comfortable for learners, and is already embedded in the workflow. In her recent Learning Solutions article on the topic, ways email-based learning may be used for varied topics such as compliance and onboarding are discussed by Sarah Mercier. She brought the topic to the recent L&D of The eLearning Guild on a Shoestring Online Conference.

Figure 4: Example of a instruction snack for a workplace safety course
Learning campaigns
The text and email examples above illustrate the idea of learning attempts: A series of learning activities and frequently including different mediums, designed to provide nudges that encourage behavior change. The example below mostly provides behavior prompts–easy to harder–rather than lots of content. The objective of this effort. Campaigns could be provided via a variety of formats, from email to messaging or LMS notifications to text. View my March 2020 Nuts & Bolts column for more on learning attempts.

New alliances
Allego sales willingness platform and medtronic device manufacturer teamed up to make a solution and COVID patients. Hospitals distressed for ventilators, are taking whatever they could get, including products with which they have no experience. This is coupled with a scenario in which ventilator manufacturer reps and respiratory therapists are in short supply. By all reports, this involved an enormous 24/7 effort from both partners to convince manufacturers to discuss proprietary data in such an open way and to provide translations. The program is available to any healthcare professional at no cost. Watch this Allego website to learn more.

Figure 6: The Ventilator Training Alliance program Offers healthcare workers with ventilator training from all ventilator manufacturers
Looking traditional approaches to familiar applications and collaborations can help provide powerful, engaging learning experiences. Try to look past talking-head virtual meetings and next-button articles for approaches that could enhance your offerings, even if working beneath constraints.


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