Nuts and Bolts: Bootstrapping – from Jane Bozarth

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Since the onset of COVID-19 organizations rushing to move training that was F2F to internet formats have been seen by us. A challenge has been to work fast yet when potential do create screens of text or provide hours of lecture, with little else, at a assembly format that is virtual. In certain cases there are less-traditional, possibly better, alternatives that could be made and deployed quickly.
Text
Text-based messaging may work in lieu of a much approach. We see examples of this with associations offering content in bites of up to about five minutes each message, together with messages delivered across the span of weeks or a couple of days. Brian Dusablon of Learning Ninjas recently built a sample route to the Arist competition on accessibility and inclusion (you can register in the course at no cost here). Learners can subscribe to email or texts and decide on the time of day new content will arrive. Figures 1-3 show the content of that a day.

Figure 1: Introduction to lesson on accessibility

Figure 2: Part 2 (of 3) of lesson

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

Figure 4: Example of a email instruction bite for a workplace safety course
Learning campaigns
The text and email cases above illustrate the notion of learning frequently: A series of learning activities offered across time, and campaigns including mediums, designed to provide nudges that encourage behavior change. The example below offers behavior prompts–simple to harder–instead of tons of content. The goal of this campaign: To create a custom of giving feedback. Campaigns could be offered via many different formats into instant messaging or LMS notifications to text. View my March 2020 Nuts & Bolts column for more about learning campaigns.

New alliances
Allego sales readiness platform and medtronic medical device manufacturer recently teamed up to make a solution with effect on the hospital workers of today — and COVID patients. Hospitals are literally taking whatever they could get, such as products by. This can be coupled with a scenario in which respiratory therapists and ventilator manufacturer reps are in short supply. Medtronic and Allego collaborated to make the Ventilator Training Alliance app that Includes ventilator training from all the Significant manufacturers (Drager, GE Healthcare, Getinge, Hamilton Medical, Nihon Kohden, Phillips, Breas, Hillrom, Mindray, ResMed, Ventec Life Systems, Vyaire and Zoll) all in 1 place. This involved an effort from both spouses; equally to provide translations and to convince manufacturers to discuss information in an open way. The app is available to any healthcare professional at no cost. See this Allego site to learn more.

Figure 6: The Ventilator Training Alliance app provides healthcare workers with ventilator training from all Significant ventilator manufacturers
Looking past approaches to applications and creative collaborations will help provide timely, powerful learning experiences. Try to look content and past talking-head virtual meetings for approaches that could improve your offerings, even if working under surprising and hard constraints.

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