Nuts and Bolts: Bootstrapping – from Jane Bozarth


Since the onset of COVID-19 we’ve seen organizations hurrying to move training to formats. A challenge is to operate quickly yet when potential do create click-next screens of offer or text hours of lecture, with little else, in a meeting format. In some instances you will find less-traditional, perhaps better, options which could be made and deployed much more quickly.
Text-based messaging may work in lieu of a much more typical strategy. We most often see examples of the with organizations that provide content in bites of up to about 5 minutes each week, together with messages delivered across the period of a couple of days or months. Brian Dusablon of Learning Ninjas recently built a sample route for the Arist contest on accessibility and inclusion (you can enroll in the course at no cost here). Learners can subscribe to email or texts and decide on the time of day content will arrive. Figures 1-3 show the content of that a day.

Figure 1: Introduction to text-based lesson on accessibility

Figure 2: Part 2 (of 3) of lesson

As with the text-format illustration above, learning experiences delivered by email can offer nudges and learning to encourage behaviour change and preserve habits. Email is familiar, ubiquitous, and comfortable for learners, and is embedded in the workflow. In her current Learning Solutions informative article on the topic, Sarah Mercier discusses ways email-based learning may be used for diverse topics such as compliance and Immunology. She also brought the topic on a Shoestring Online Conference to The eLearning Guild’s current L&D.

Figure 4: Example of a email learning bite for a workplace safety course
Learning campaigns
The text and email cases above illustrate the notion of learning attempts: A series of learning activities offered over time, and often including mediums, designed to supply nudges that support behaviour change. The example below offers behavior prompts–simple to harder–rather than lots of educational content. The objective of this effort: To create a custom of giving opinions. Campaigns could be offered to text via many different formats, from email to messaging or LMS notifications.

New alliances
Allego sales readiness platform and medtronic medical device manufacturer recently teamed up to make a solution with considerable effect on the hospital employees of today — and COVID patients. Hospitals are taking whatever they could get, including products by which they have no experience. This is coupled with a situation in which ventilator manufacturer reps and respiratory therapists are in short supply. Medtronic and Allego collaborated to make the Ventilator Training Alliance program that Includes ventilator training 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 1 place. By all reports, this involved a huge 24/7 campaign from both spouses also to provide translations for employees in non-English speaking countries and to convince producers to discuss proprietary information in such an open way. The program is available to any health professional at no cost. Watch this Allego website for more information.

Figure 6: The Ventilator Training Alliance program Offers ventilator training from all major ventilator manufacturers to healthcare workers
Looking beyond traditional methods to tools and collaborations will help provide effective learning experiences. Try to look content that is next-button and beyond digital meetings for strategies that could enhance your offerings, even when working under constraints that are hard and surprising.


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