What is ‘Green’?
“Going green” is a popular term used nowadays for living a lifestyle in a manner that will benefit of future environment.
Carbon footprint is the total set of greenhouse gases that are emitted by various organizations, products or even a person. These greenhouse gases are emitted as a result of transport, deforestations and other non-environmental friendly events.
Why are companies concerned?
About two decades ago the United Nations published the first global definition of sustainable development. Businesses then were not very much concerned and the NGOs were yet to discover the power of global action.
But today, there are thousands of companies signing up to the UN’s global compact and report to the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI). Business leaders are now involved in negotiations about climate change because they have now started to recognize the significance of protecting the environment. It is essential to contribute to the growth of the green and also to adopt sustainable processes that promote new technologies for lesser emissions.
Among all the modes of transportation, the airplane is supposed to cause the highest amount of CO2 emissions, which is released into the atmosphere causing global warming. A trip from Capetown to Johannesburg produces approximately 300 kg of CO2. So do the calculations for your next training sessions!
Several airplane companies offer carbon-offset tickets in commitment with the Go-Green initiatives. However, a better option would be to adopt an effective environment-friendly initiative.
How can eLearning help?
A recent study by Britain’s Open University found that “producing and providing e-learning courses consumes an average of 90% less energy and produces 85% fewer CO2 emissions per student than conventional face-to-face courses.”
This statistical data clearly shows that eLearning is effective in building an environmentally safe planet. With implementation of eLearning in your training program, you can cut down on the use of paper, which results in less waste and minimum carbon emissions. Moreover, this can reduce the CO2 emission since it can cut down the travel.
And, what’s more, you can now easily learn with the ease of clicking of a button through your LMS (learning management system)!
To summarize, wherever be your learners, be it Bangkok or Boston, eLearning contributes a lot to minimize the emission of greenhouse gases. ELearning saves trees and thus it symbolizes your contribution to a “green” world.
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As we know, every organization follows a set of rules and regulations. Employees need to be trained on those rules and regulations to have a basic knowledge of their standards toward the organization and customers. And, they have a clear understanding of what they can do and what they cannot. So, organizations may not be at risk when their employees know about their legal duties.
E-learning is a cost-effective and an easy way to train employees, when compared to the traditional methods of teaching. So, most of the organizationsare using eLearning to fulfill their training needs. The healthcare industry makes extensive use of the online training medium.
Training managers put a lot of effort while rolling out an eLearning project, as it involves many complex tasks.
As an eLearning professional, I often work with many training managers and admire their managerial skills. It involves a lot of work like training needs analysis, collecting content, dealing with Subject-matter Experts (SMEs) and developing the course for the stakeholders and learners.
Every organization needs to use their resources well to meet business goals and enhance productivity. As we know, the pharmaceutical sector is highly regulated and non-compliance to applicable laws and regulatory norms could be costly. So, you have to train your employees about rules, regulations, standards and recommended guidelines to avoid mistakes.
In my last blog, we have seen how E-learning, webinars and Mobile apps can be used to impart product training. In this blog, we will look at some more methods.
E-learning is the continuous process of learning through electronic media. Instructional design is a systematic process of learning, and this learning facilitates achievement of the intended goals. Many think that instructional design is all about using technology, but this is not the case.
“A major challenge we face today, therefore, is to create a desire in people to learn; and to foster and facilitate this desire throughout their lives.”
- Bryn Holmes(Author, eLearning Concepts and Practice, 2006)
One of the most important factors for organizations to succeed in today’s competitive landscape is the speedy launch of new products. The time-to-market of new products is critical to survive and succeed. Furthermore, the life cycles of most products are getting shorter due to rapid advances in technology.
On the other hand, if your sales employees are not rightly trained on your products, they will not deliver the right message to your potential prospects making it a competitor’s gain.
We all have a child in ourselves, energetic, fun loving and having zeal to explore and win games. In this state, we learn the best because our emotional state is very positive and retention of learning will be at the peak.
How do we bring out the kid in ourselves, while learning a new skill or acquiring knowledge?
Introducing new processes and software applications can be quite a daunting task. Employees are not receptive to change and teaching all the details and minute steps can be time consuming. Conducting classroom sessions might not be a very beneficial solution. Learners will need to set aside time from their busy schedules, and often, this might not be feasible. The limited number of facilitators will also slow down the learning process. Facilitators will also need to travel extensively to teach learners spread all across the globe. All these arrangements take up considerable efforts, time and financial resources.