Nuts and Bolts: Bootstrapping – from Jane Bozarth


Since the start of COVID-19 we’ve seen organizations hurrying to move training that was F2F to formats. A challenge is to operate yet when potential do more than just produce click-next screens of provide or text hours of lecture, with little else, at a meeting format that is virtual. In some cases there are perhaps better, options that can be created and deployed.
Text-based messaging may work well in lieu of a approach. We most often see examples of this with organizations offering content in bites of up to about five minutes per message, together with messages delivered across the span of a couple of days or weeks. Brian Dusablon of Learning Ninjas recently built a sample course for the Arist competition on inclusion and accessibility (you are able to register in the course at no cost here). Learners choose the time of day and can subscribe to email or texts content will arrive. Figures 1-3 show a day’s content.

Figure 1: Introduction to lesson on accessibility

Figure 3: Lesson closes with hyperlinks to resources and question for reflection
Much like the text-format example previously, learning experiences delivered by email can provide spaced learning and nudges preserve customs and to encourage behaviour change. Email is familiar, ubiquitous, and comfortable for learners, and is embedded in the workflow. In her Learning Solutions informative article on the topic, ways email-based learning may be used for diverse topics such as onboarding and compliance are discussed by Sarah Mercier. She brought the topic to the current L&D of The eLearning Guild on a Shoestring Online Conference.

Figure 4: Example of an instruction bite to get a workplace safety course
Learning campaigns
The email and text examples above illustrate the idea of learning A set of learning activities provided across time: campaigns, and often including different mediums, designed to provide nudges that support behaviour change. The example below mostly offers behavior prompts–easy to harder–instead of tons of instructional content. The objective of this effort: To create a custom of giving feedback. Campaigns can be provided by means of a variety of formats to text.

Figure 5: Example of tasks for a learning effort with the Aim of helping managers develop a habit of giving feedback
New alliances
Medtronic device manufacturer and COVID patients — and sales readiness platform teamed up to make a solution with substantial impact on today’s hospital employees. Hospitals are taking whatever they can get, such as products with. This can be coupled with a situation where ventilator manufacturer repetitions and respiratory therapists are in short supply. Medtronic and Allego collaborated to make the Ventilator Training Alliance app that Includes ventilator instruction from all the major producers (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 effort from both spouses; equally to provide translations and to convince producers to discuss information in such an open way. The app is available to any health care practitioner at no cost. See this Allego website.

Figure 6: The Ventilator Training Alliance app provides ventilator instruction from all ventilator manufacturers to healthcare workers
Looking traditional methods to familiar applications and innovative collaborations can help provide powerful learning experiences. Try to look content and beyond talking-head virtual meetings for strategies that can improve your offerings, even if functioning beneath constraints.


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