Can Adaptive Learning Help Reduce Carbon Emissions?

Case Study Shows Surprising Results for Greener Footprint

Across the global economy, industry-wide solutions are needed, from “greener” electrical power grids to reducing emissions from agriculture. Education, too, has a crucial role to play, not only in providing knowledge, building skills, and encouraging innovation, but also as being part of the solution.

While there is a great need for upskilling and reskilling of employees at all levels, if we continue to roll out these learning activities only in the classroom, the cost in carbon emissions is staggering. 

One of Area9’s partners, as part of a case study, has quantified the environmental benefits of computer-based adaptive learning compared with traditional classroom-based instruction. Changing the learning culture to online adaptive learning will not only build employees’ knowledge and competency, it will also contribute to reduced carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. Here are their estimates and calculations for determining how the comparison stacks up: 

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