Nuts and Bolts: Bootstrapping – from Jane Bozarth


Since the onset of COVID-19 organizations rushing to proceed training have been seen by us. In a recent eLearning Guild survey, 86 percent of respondents said at least several”live” content has been shifted to some other way of delivery. A challenge has been to work yet when potential do more than just create screens of text or provide hours of lecture, with little else, in a assembly format. In some instances there are , possibly better, alternatives that are less-traditional that could be made and deployed.
Text-based messaging can work in lieu of a much more typical strategy. We see examples of this with organizations offering content in snacks of around about 5 minutes each week, together with messages delivered throughout the span of weeks or a few days. Brian Dusablon of Learning Ninjas recently built a sample route for the Arist competition on accessibility and inclusion (you are able to register in the course for free here). Learners decide on the time of day and can subscribe to email or texts content will arrive. Figures 1-3 show that a day’s articles.

Figure 1: Introduction to lesson on accessibility

Figure 2: Part 2 (of 3) of lesson

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

Figure 4: Example of an email learning snack for a workplace safety Program
Learning campaigns
The text and email examples above illustrate the idea of learning campaigns: A series of learning activities provided across time, and often including mediums, designed to provide nudges that encourage behavior change. The example below offers behavior prompts–easy to harder–rather than lots of instructional content. The goal of this campaign. Campaigns could be provided by means of many different formats, from email to LMS notifications or messaging to text. See my March 2020 Nuts & Bolts column about learning campaigns for more.

Figure 5: Example of jobs for a learning campaign with the Aim of helping managers develop a habit of giving feedback
New alliances
Sales readiness platform and medtronic device maker teamed up to create a solution and COVID patients. Hospitals distressed for ventilators, are taking whatever they could get, including products with which they have zero experience. This is coupled with a scenario where ventilator manufacturer reps and respiratory therapists are in short supply. This involved a huge 24/7 campaign from both spouses; both to provide translations and to convince manufacturers to share information in an open way. The app is available to any healthcare professional for free. Watch this Allego website to find out more.

Looking traditional methods to familiar applications and collaborations will help provide effective learning experiences. Try to look next-button articles and past talking-head digital meetings for approaches that could enhance your offerings, even when functioning under abrupt and hard constraints.


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