Nuts and Bolts: Bootstrapping – from Jane Bozarth


Since the start of COVID-19 we have seen organizations rushing to proceed training that was F2F to internet formats. In a current eLearning Guild survey, 86 percent of respondents said at least several”live” content has been changed to another way of delivery. A challenge is to work quickly yet when potential do create click-next screens of text or provide hours of lecture, with little else, at a meeting format. In some instances there are , perhaps better, options that are less-traditional that could be made and deployed.
Text-based messaging may work nicely in lieu of a approach. We see examples of the with associations that provide content in snacks of up to about five minutes per message, together with messages delivered throughout the span of months or a few days. Brian Dusablon of Learning Ninjas recently built a sample course for the Arist contest on accessibility and inclusion (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 the articles of a day.

Figure 1: Introduction to lesson on accessibility

Much like the illustration above, learning experiences can provide spaced learning and nudges to encourage behaviour change and sustain habits. Email is ubiquitous, familiar, and comfortable for learners, and is embedded in the workflow. In her Learning Solutions article on the topic, ways learning may be used for topics like compliance and Immunology are discussed by Sarah Mercier. She also brought the subject on a Shoestring Online Conference into The eLearning Guild’s current L&D.

Figure 4: Example of a learning bite for a workplace safety course
Learning campaigns
The email and text cases above illustrate the idea of learning attempts: A series of learning activities provided over time, and often . The example below mostly provides behavior prompts–simple to harder–instead of tons of educational content. The objective of this campaign. Campaigns could be provided via a variety of formats, from email to text into instant messaging or LMS notifications. View my March 2020 Nuts & Bolts column on learning attempts for more.

Figure 5: Example of tasks for a learning campaign with the Aim of helping managers develop a habit of giving feedback
New alliances
Medtronic medical device manufacturer and Allego earnings readiness platform teamed up to create a solution with impact on the hospital workers–and COVID patients. Hospitals are taking whatever they could get, including products by which they have zero experience. This is coupled with a situation where respiratory therapists and ventilator manufacturer reps are in short supply. Medtronic and Allego collaborated to create the Ventilator Training Alliance app that contains ventilator training from all the Significant 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 enormous 24/7 effort from both spouses; equally 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 app is available to any health professional at no cost. Watch this Allego website.

Looking beyond traditional methods to familiar tools and innovative collaborations will help provide effective, engaging learning experiences. Try to look articles that is next-button and beyond digital meetings for strategies that could enhance your offerings, even if functioning beneath constraints that are surprising and difficult.


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