Nuts and Bolts: Bootstrapping – from Jane Bozarth


Since the onset of COVID-19 we have seen organizations hurrying to move F2F training to formats. A challenge has been to operate yet when potential do more than simply create displays of text or offer hours of lecture, with little else, in a assembly format that is digital. In certain instances there are perhaps better, options which can be made and deployed quickly.
Text-based messaging can work in lieu of a much strategy. We often see examples of this with organizations that provide content in snacks of up to approximately 5 minutes each week, with messages delivered across the span of a few days or weeks. Brian Dusablon of Learning Ninjas recently assembled a sample course to the Arist competition on inclusion and accessibility (you can enroll in the course for free here). Learners decide on the time of day and can subscribe to texts or email content will arrive. Figures 1-3 show the articles of that a day.

Figure 1: Introduction to lesson on accessibility

Figure 2: Part 2 (of 3) of lesson

As with the example previously, learning experiences can offer nudges and learning sustain customs and to encourage behavior change. Email is ubiquitous, familiar, and comfortable for learners, and is currently embedded in the workflow. In her Learning Solutions informative article on this issue, ways email-based learning can be used for topics like onboarding and compliance are discussed by Sarah Mercier. She brought the topic on a Shoestring Online Conference to the current L&D of The eLearning Guild.

Figure 4: Example of a email instruction snack for a workplace safety Program
Learning campaigns
The email and text examples above illustrate the notion of learning A series of learning activities offered over time: attempts, and often including mediums, designed to supply nudges that encourage behavior change. The example below provides behavior prompts–simple to harder–rather than tons of content. The goal of this effort: To create a habit of giving feedback. Campaigns can be offered to text via a variety of formats, from email to LMS notifications or instant messaging. View my March 2020 Nuts & Bolts column on learning attempts for more.

New alliances
Medtronic medical device maker and sales willingness platform recently teamed up to create a solution and COVID patients. Hospitals, many distressed for ventilators, are taking whatever they can get, such as products with which they have no experience. This is coupled with a situation where ventilator manufacturer reps and respiratory therapists are in short supply. By all reports, this involved an campaign from both partners to convince manufacturers to share information in such an open manner and to provide translations. The program is available to any health professional for free. Watch this Allego site.

Figure 6: The Ventilator Training Alliance program provides ventilator instruction from all Significant ventilator manufacturers to healthcare workers
Looking past methods to familiar tools and creative collaborations will help provide timely, powerful, engaging learning experiences. Try to look past digital meetings and articles that is next-button for strategies which can improve your offerings, even if functioning beneath hard and abrupt constraints.


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