Going green with E-Learning

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Going green is one of the key pillars of Corporate Social Responsibility Strategy, which requires the adoption of a business model that not only is certified but it is also shared and communicated in a very detailed manner.

In this respect, E-Learning by its very nature is a unique opportunity that can help companies achieve CO2 emission reduction.

Which of the following transportation systems has the greatest impact on Global warming?

Airplane – Car – Train – or Bus?

Green Learning - InquinamentoThe correct answer is airplane. Air travel produces the highest CO2 emissions, which are released directly in the atmosphere. In response to this, several airline companies take advantage of the opportunity to purchase carbon offset tickets with the commitment to invest in Going Green Initiatives. However, to adopt an effective ecological footprint, the best choice is to reduce the amount of air travel, especially that which is not strictly required.

This initiative created a broad philosophy, ideology and social responsibility embraced by several businesses regarding concerns for environmental conservation and improvement of the health of the environment, particularly as the measure for this health seeks to incorporate the concerns of non-human elements.

Nowadays many companies sponsor sustainable growth programs and environmentally friendly initiatives and promote these messages and behaviors among their workforce. Messages related to “going green” are everywhere because the behavior of humans has hurt the environment in all kinds of ways.

There is now an opportunity to change this mindset and improve on:

  • Energy saving
  • Water consumption
  • Use of resources
  • Travel management

To better manage travels, including both business trips and daily committing, companies are investing in new technology deployments and inviting their employees to take advantage of collaboration tools, messaging and videoconferencing systems to organize virtual meeting and online trainings.

These technologies are helpful not only in that they increase productivity and save money and time, but also because reducing the need to travel to bring people together also contributes to reductions in carbon emissions, thereby helping to reduce global warming.

Green Learning - EmissioniLet’s take a practical example: a flight from Capetown to Johannesburg by plane produces 303kg of CO2. Without a mobility management program, it is possible that the next lesson in the classroom of your business has an impact of at least 303kg for 10 or 15 times (depending on participants). To compensate these emissions, your company should plant two orange trees for each participant, or pay a difference to the carbon offset for each student you teach.

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For long distance learning, the market is now offering interesting solutions and technologies that require minimal organizational efforts and sometimes few or no IT skills. The change is fairly simple and possible.

The strategic decision to develop and manage Corporate E-Learning Trainings (fully virtual or blended) is an opportunity to contribute to the protection of the environment and promote corporate brand reputation as a leader committed to green issues.

This approach helps organizations to drive productivity internally by empowering employee communication sharing, and externally by speeding up the decision making process with stakeholders while respecting the environment.

Going Green with eLearningWe can identify several reasons why adopting an E-Learning strategy can be a beneficial training solution. From lowering cost without sacrificing quality to breaking geographic boundaries, from real-time delivery and reporting to scalability, we need to remember that this approach will have a positive impact on the environment because we reduce CO2 emissions by cutting travel and leveraging a non-threatening environmental approach.

A better and more efficient training solution like E-Learning will have a positive impact on the environment while reducing budget expenses because a learner will be able to access a course at anytime without waiting for a classroom and trainer to become available.

In mature markets, the goals are different but the green outcomes are still the same. These “green” technologies are allowing organizations to mitigate energy use by dramatically reducing the need to travel. By delivering training through integrated E-Learning solutions, organizations can also substantially reduce their carbon footprint and help ensure a basis for regulatory compliance.

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With tools that provide a powerful way to enable trainings and content to be streamed live or on demand around the world, employees, customers, partners, and students can use video to communicate, engage and interact with others across any distance at any time, from wherever they are.

Going green is one of the key pillars of Corporate Social Responsibility Strategy, which requires the adoption of a business model that not only is certified but it is also shared and communicated in a very detailed manner.

Corporate social responsibility, ethics, training and the environment are the new millennium challenges for organizations that desire to maximize strong investments on Human Resources.

Moreover, in this new organizational efficiency non-profit organizations and foundations are also playing an instrumental role to raise awareness of world’s population to reduce carbon footprint of individuals by adopting the use of web-based technologies, the Internet and home offices.

In this respect, E-Learning by its very nature is a unique opportunity that can help companies acheive CO2 emission reduction.


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Valentina Piccioli, E-Learning Analyst in Docebo, has created a dedicated online courses for a client of Docebo’s about E-Learning and Cloud-based Solutions adoption and how to leverage cutting-edge technologies to have a positive impact on the environment. Valentina conceived case studies and trainings on energy saving, corporate social responsibility and business ethics.