Nuts and Bolts: Bootstrapping – from Jane Bozarth


Since the start of COVID-19 we have seen organizations rushing to move training that was F2F to online formats. In a current eLearning Guild survey, 86 percent of respondents said at least some”live” content has been changed to some other way of delivery. A challenge has been to operate quickly yet when potential do more than just produce displays of provide or text hours of lecture, with little else, in a meeting format that is digital. In some cases you will find possibly better, alternatives that could be created and deployed more quickly.
Text-based messaging can work in lieu of a much approach. We most often see examples of the with organizations that provide content in bites of around about five minutes per week, together with messages delivered across the span of months or a couple of days. Brian Dusablon of Learning Ninjas recently assembled a sample route for the Arist contest on inclusion and accessibility (you are able to register 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 that a day’s articles.

Figure 1: Introduction to text-based lesson on accessibility

As with the example that is text-format above, learning experiences delivered by email can provide spaced learning and nudges to encourage behaviour change and preserve customs. Email is ubiquitous, familiar, and comfortable for learners, and is currently embedded in the workflow. In her current Learning Solutions article on this issue, ways email-based learning can 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 learning snack for a workplace safety Program
Learning campaigns
The text and email cases above illustrate the idea of learning campaigns: A set of learning activities and often including different mediums, designed to provide nudges that support behaviour change. The example below offers behavior prompts–simple to harder–rather than tons of instructional content. The goal of this campaign. Campaigns could be offered by means of many different formats, from email to instant messaging or LMS notifications to text. See my March 2020 Nuts & Bolts column on learning campaigns for more.

Figure 5: Example of tasks for a learning campaign with the goal of helping managers develop a habit of giving opinions
New alliances
Medtronic device manufacturer and COVID patients — and Allego sales readiness platform teamed up to make a solution with substantial impact on today’s hospital employees. Hospitals are taking whatever they could get, such as products with which they have no experience. This can be coupled with a scenario in which ventilator manufacturer reps and respiratory therapists are in short supply. Medtronic and Allego collaborated to make 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 1 place. By all accounts, this involved an campaign from both partners; both to provide translations for employees in non-English speaking countries and to convince manufacturers to share proprietary information in an open manner. The app is available to any health professional for free. See this Allego website.

Looking traditional approaches to applications and collaborations will help provide powerful, engaging learning experiences. Try to look past talking-head digital meetings and articles that is next-button for approaches that could improve your offerings, even when functioning beneath surprising and difficult constraints.


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