Nuts and Bolts: Bootstrapping – from Jane Bozarth

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Since the start of COVID-19 organizations hurrying to proceed F2F training to internet formats have been seen by us. A challenge is to work yet when potential do more than just create click-next displays of text or offer hours of lecture, with little else, in a assembly format. In some cases you will find less-traditional, possibly better, alternatives which could be created and deployed.
Text
Messaging may work in lieu of a much strategy. We often see examples of the with organizations offering content in snacks of up to about five minutes per week, with messages delivered throughout the span of a couple of days or weeks. Brian Dusablon of Learning Ninjas recently built a sample course for the Arist competition on accessibility and inclusion (you can register in the course for free here). Learners choose the time of day and can subscribe to email or texts new content will arrive. Figures 1-3 show the content of that a day.

Figure 1: Introduction to text-based lesson accessibility

Figure 2: Part 2 (of 3) of lesson

Figure 3: Lesson closes with links to resources and query for reflection
Email
Much like the example previously, learning experiences can offer nudges and learning to promote behavior change and sustain customs. Email is ubiquitous, familiar, and comfortable for learners, and is embedded in the workflow. In her current Learning Solutions article on this issue, ways email-based learning may be used for topics like compliance and Immunology are discussed by Sarah Mercier. She brought the subject on a Shoestring Online Conference to the current L&D of The eLearning Guild.

Figure 4: Example of a instruction snack for a workplace safety course
Learning campaigns
The email and text examples above illustrate the notion of learning frequently: A series of learning activities offered across time, and attempts including distinct mediums, designed to supply nudges that support behavior change. The example below mostly provides behavior prompts–easy to harder–instead of lots of content. The goal of this campaign: To develop a custom of giving feedback. Campaigns could be offered to text by means of many different formats to messaging or LMS notifications. View my March 2020 Nuts & Bolts column about learning attempts for more.

New alliances
Sales readiness platform and medtronic medical device manufacturer recently teamed up to make a solution with impact on the hospital workers of today — and COVID patients. Hospitals distressed for ventilators, are taking whatever they could get, such as products with which they have no experience. This can be coupled with a scenario 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. This involved an effort from both partners; both also to provide translations for workers in non-English speaking states and to convince producers to discuss information in such an open manner. The app is available to any health professional for free. See this Allego website.

Looking beyond approaches to applications that are familiar and creative collaborations can help provide powerful learning experiences. Try to look beyond talking-head virtual meetings and content that is next-button for approaches which could improve your offerings, even when functioning beneath hard and surprising constraints.

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