IT training reduces carbon footprint
IT training at UoN has been revolutionised! Organisational Development uses iPads to deliver IT training - contributing to a more sustainable practice and an improved participant experience.
Prior to 2012, IT training at UoN involved a lot of paper. Manuals were printed for each participant and spares were kept 'just in case'. Plus, they needed continual updating as new software became available, meaning whole new sets of manuals printed and the old ones discarded.
Nigel Goddard from Organisational Development was uncomfortable about this ongoing waste, so he came up with the idea of using a PDF reader on the iPad instead.
This means you can now:
- make notations throughout the session on the electronic course manuals
- print them out afterwards (if required)
- keep the electronic copy with your notations for future reference.
"Course participants have accepted the change much better than I expected," says Nigel Goddard, staff development officer.
"Most really like the iPads. Even those who don't have one have a go anyway."
The app used for the iPads means participants have ease of navigation through the document and the ease of adding notes.
"Another useful accessory to go with this was a stylus … much easier than using your fingers!" Nigel says.
After each course, the notated PDF files are downloaded and sent via email to each participant.
If you haven't already attended a training course using the iPad technology, give it a try - and help save the planet as well!