Is online learning a more climate-friendly modality?

Is online learning a more climate-friendly modality?

Reported by Inside Higher Ed, as our institutions start paying more attention to our personal carbon footprint, there is an ethical case to be made for the benefits of online education. In fact, The University of Michigan Dearborn reported a $570,000 cost savings from utilities during the first year of the pandemic alone. Now, these students and faculty were utilizing energy resources elsewhere of course. But, no commuting. No production of physical classroom materials. No on-campus physical infrastructure and maintenance expenditures.

The takeaway? Is there an ecological advantage to online education we should be talking more about, and should it weigh in on our own decision making?

May you continue to fight the good enrollment growth fight at your institution today, and we’ll see you again tomorrow.

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Eric Olsen

Eric brings more than a decade of award-winning creative brand development, marketing analytics and higher education experience to Helix Education. Eric is a graduate of Bradley University and earned his MBA at Lewis University.