Nuts and Bolts: Bootstrapping – from Jane Bozarth


Since the onset of COVID-19 organizations rushing to move training to formats have been seen by us. In a recent eLearning Guild survey, 86 percent of respondents said at least some”live” content has been shifted to another way of delivery. A challenge is to work yet when possible do more than just create click-next screens of provide or text hours of lecture, with little else, at a assembly format that is digital. In certain instances you will find , possibly better, options that are less-traditional which could be created and deployed quickly.
Messaging may work in lieu of a much strategy. We see examples of the with associations offering content in bites of up to about five minutes per message, together with messages delivered throughout the span of a few days or months. Brian Dusablon of Learning Ninjas recently built a sample course for the Arist contest on inclusion and accessibility (you are able to 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 a day.

Figure 1: Introduction to lesson accessibility

Figure 3: Lesson closes with question for reflection and links to resources
Much like the illustration previously, learning experiences delivered by email can provide nudges and spaced learning to promote behaviour change and sustain habits. Email is ubiquitous, familiar, and comfortable for students, and is currently embedded in the workflow. In her recent Learning Solutions informative article on the topic, Sarah Mercier discusses ways email-based learning may be used for diverse topics like compliance and onboarding. She brought the topic on a Shoestring Online Conference to the recent L&D of The eLearning Guild.

Figure 4: Example of an instruction bite to get a workplace safety course
Learning campaigns
The email and text cases above illustrate the notion of learning A series of learning activities offered over time: attempts, and frequently . The example below mostly provides behavior prompts–easy to harder–instead of lots of content. The goal of this effort. Campaigns could be offered via a variety of formats, from email to messaging or LMS notifications to text. See my March 2020 Nuts & Bolts column about learning attempts for more.

Figure 5: Example of tasks for a learning effort with the Aim of helping managers develop a habit of giving feedback
New alliances
Medtronic medical device manufacturer and sales willingness platform recently teamed up to make a solution with substantial effect on today’s hospital workers–and COVID patients. Hospitals, many distressed for ventilators, are literally taking whatever they could get, such as products by which they have no experience. This can be coupled with a situation where ventilator manufacturer repetitions and respiratory therapists are in short supply. By all accounts, this involved a huge 24/7 effort from both spouses; both to convince producers to discuss proprietary information in such an open manner and also to provide translations for workers in non-English speaking countries. The app is available to any healthcare professional at no cost. Watch this Allego site.

Looking traditional methods to tools that are familiar and collaborations will help provide powerful learning experiences. Try to look next-button content and past talking-head digital meetings for approaches that could improve your offerings, even if functioning under constraints.


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