An often unrealized potential of instructional technology is the ways it can benefit the environment and reduce waste. Here are some of my favorite ways to reduce waste through technology.
By providing readings online and allowing students to bring digital devices to class to use when we are working on the class readings, means that students are less likely to print it out. However, even if they do, I provide them with instructions on how to get the most out of printing by using double-sided and depending on their viewing preferences, possibly 2 pages per side of paper (therefore a 60-page document is reduced to 15 pieces of paper). Particularly in courses that have massive (and often, overpriced) texts that have lots inside that may never be read, I like that I can provide just the necessities. And with a growing assortment of Open Textbooks that are online for free, it makes it even easier!
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