Nuts and Bolts: Bootstrapping – from Jane Bozarth

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Since the start of COVID-19 we’ve seen organizations rushing to move F2F training. In a recent eLearning Guild survey, 86 percent of respondents said at least some”live” content has been shifted to another means of delivery. A challenge is to operate quickly yet when potential do more than just create displays of text or offer hours of lecture, with little else, at a assembly format that is virtual. In some cases there are possibly better, options that could be made and deployed more quickly.
Text
Text-based messaging may work well in lieu of a much strategy. We see examples of this with associations offering content in bites of around about 5 minutes each week, with messages delivered throughout the span of a few days or months. Brian Dusablon of Learning Ninjas recently assembled a sample course for the Arist competition on inclusion and accessibility (you can register in the class 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 a day.

Figure 1: Introduction to text-based lesson accessibility

Figure 3: Lesson closes with query for reflection and hyperlinks to additional resources
Email
As with the text-format illustration above, learning experiences can offer nudges and spaced learning sustain new customs and to promote behaviour change. Email is familiar, ubiquitous, 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 onboarding and compliance are discussed by Sarah Mercier. She brought the topic to The eLearning Guild’s recent.

Figure 4: Example of a email learning bite for a workplace safety course
Learning campaigns
The email and text cases above illustrate the idea of learning frequently: A set of learning activities provided across time, and campaigns . The example below offers behavior prompts–simple to harder–instead of tons of content. The objective of this effort. Campaigns could be provided via a variety of formats to text to instant messaging or LMS notifications.

Figure 5: Example of tasks for a learning effort with the Aim of helping managers develop a habit of giving opinions
New alliances
Sales willingness platform and medtronic medical device manufacturer recently teamed up to create a solution with effect on today’s hospital workers — and COVID patients. Hospitals desperate for ventilators, are literally 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 create the Ventilator Training Alliance program that Includes ventilator instruction 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 1 place. By all reports, this involved an campaign from both partners; both to convince producers to discuss data in such an open way and to provide translations for workers in non-English speaking states. The program is available to any healthcare professional for free. Watch this Allego site for more information.

Figure 6: The Ventilator Training Alliance program provides ventilator instruction from all Significant ventilator manufacturers to healthcare workers
Looking past traditional approaches to familiar tools and innovative collaborations will help provide powerful, engaging learning experiences. Try to look past virtual meetings and content for strategies that could enhance your offerings, even when working under constraints that are surprising and hard.

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