How Green is Your Training?
Updated: Oct 26, 2020
Apply the concept of the 3 R's (Reduce, Reuse and Recycle) to your training projects. We'll explore how to whittle down the content in your next training project while minimizing your training waste.
It seems like everyone is interested in going green these days. Of course, we are, too...however, today we're going to take a slightly offbeat, unconventional look at this concept and consider how it might translate to the world of instructional design. So let's rethink "go green", the training way!
The Three R's
What's the first thing you think of when you hear "go green"? Of course! It's Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle. The goal of the 3 R's is to extract the maximum practical benefits from products and to generate the minimum amount of waste. You probably know how to use the 4 R's at home, but let's think about applying the concept of the 3 R's to your training projects:
In a few easy steps, you can reduce your workload for your next training project by taking what you have, organizing the content and paring things down to just the key elements. Reducing your material helps you extract the maximum practical benefit from the available information.
It's simple to identify the training content "keepers" to reuse in your next training development cycle. Determine which portions are current, repurpose existing development templates and take advantage of tried-and-true techniques. Reusing your material and processes is another great way to extract the maximum practical benefit from the available information. It reduces costs, and that has to improve your standing in the corporate budget process.
Post-training, use the lessons learned process to figure out what worked. Then recycle the winning ideas and techniques to incorporate in your next training project. Recycling your best practices helps you generate the minimum amount of waste in your training.
How Green is Your Training, Really?
Before you begin the greening process on your training, get a feel for where you're at right now. How much effort do you currently invest in applying the 3 R's to your existing content, ideas and techniques prior to starting a new project? If you're already on track, chances are your training development projects are similarly streamlined and ultra-effective. If your training is unkempt and could use a little greening up, consider these ideas and what you can do right now to go green!
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