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World Usability Day 2009: Designing for a Sustainable World

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Exploring sustainable practices in education and in the office

Exploring sustainable practices in education and in the office

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  • According to a 2007 report from the U.S. Consumer Electronics Association, 3.9 million people in the United States worked from home at least one day a week. By avoiding an average 22-mile commute to work, the practice saved about 840 million gallons of gasoline—the equivalent of removing 2 million cars for a year. If 53 million U.S. citizens took up telecommuting, which the report indicated was entirely feasible, the annual reduction in carbon dioxide emissions would be roughly the same as removing 27 million vehicles. From a different perspective, a million workers at home (even with a slight at-home power increase) can save 927,369 tons of carbon dioxide annually, according to Work Wise UK/RAC Foundation. With carbon dioxide being one of the primary greenhouse gases targeted by the Kyoto Protocol and recent legislation, the potential of telecommuting as a green strategy takes on new importance. References T. Samson, “In Defense of Telecommuting,” InfoWorld , Apr. 2, 2009; http://www. infoworld.com/d/green-it/in-defense-telecommuting-998. Source of above info: http://www.noblis.org/NewsPublications/Publications/TechnicalPublications/SigmaJournal/Documents/Sigma_GFE_Modern_Telecommuting.pdf
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    • 1. Austin UPA presents World Usability Day 2009 Usability Professionals’ Association Promoting usability concepts & techniques worldwide Designing for a Sustainable World When: November 12 Event Location: Tonic Coffee Bar & Lounge, the Artisan Apartments, 8701 West Palmer Lane Time: 6:30pm to 9pm Contact: http://austinupa.ning.com /
    • 2. Sustainability in Education Paperless Learning
      • Big changes in k-12 and higher education……
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    • 3. Sustainability in Education Paperless Learning
      • A uthoring e-learning content:
      • Removes component and transport costs associated with traditional publishing.
      • Easier content search and annotation.
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    • 4. Sustainability in Education Paperless Learning
      • Social Networking
      • Solves communication issues
      • Personalizes learning style
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    • 5. Sustainability in Education Paperless Learning
      • Open Source Curriculum
        • Exchange ideas
        • Improve best practices
        • Create sustainable world-class curricula
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    • 6. Sustainability in Education Paperless Learning
      • FREE
      • Open Source Repositories
        • A complete curricula solution created by community contributors
        • Solutions delivered globally
        • Source : http://www.Curriki.org
    • 7. Sustainability in Education Paperless Learning
      • FREE
      • Open Source Repositories
      • Interactive web MIT OPEN COURSEWARE demonstrations
      • Complete textbooks written by MIT professors
      • Streaming video lectures, also available iTunes U.
        • Source : http://www.ocw.mit.edu
    • 8. Sustainability in Education Paperless Learning
      • FREE
      • Open Source Repositories
        • Rice University’s global repository of educational content
      Source: http://www. cnx.org
    • 9. Sustainability in Education Paperless Learning
      • Open Source Tools
      • CMS tools to aid in the creation of sustainable and useful e-learning content.
    • 10. Sustainability in Education Paperless Learning
      • Open Source Tools
        • Plug in components for education
        • Community building and social networking
        • Source: http://www.drupal.org
    • 11. Sustainability in Education Paperless Learning
      • Open Source Tools
        • open technology, innovation and education.
        • Source: http://www.joomla.org
    • 12. Sustainability in Education Paperless Learning
      • Open Source Tools
      • - Aesthetics, Web standards, Usability.
      • Free blog hosting available at Wordpress.com.
        • Source: http://www.wordpress.org
    • 13. Sustainability in Education Paperless Learning
      • Using Social Media
        • Sources: http:// www.learningputty.com
      http://www.greencomma.com http://hashtag.org/ “ innovation isn’t reinventing the light bulb, but using the light it gives off differently.” -American Society for Training and Development’s (ASTD) T&D magazine, 2009
    • 14. Sustainability in Education Paperless Learning
      • Using Social Media
      • Forums for teaching and sharing
      • Platforms for content distribution
      • Testing in education
        • Sources: http:// www.learningputty.com
      http://www.greencomma.com http://hashtag.org/
    • 15. Sustainability in Education Paperless Learning
      • Using Social Media
      • The Twitter Revolution
      • Posting tips, questions and assignments prompts learners to keep the learning alive outside the classroom
      • Re-tweets addresses your response to all learners at once
    • 16. Sustainability in Education Paperless Learning
      • Using Social Media
      • Facebook Courses
      • Create schedules for assignments
      • Post of notes
      • Form exclusive study groups
        • Source: http://www.scribd.com
    • 17. Sustainability in Education Paperless Learning
      • Using Social Media
      • Files and Question modules
      • Most useful in post secondary education.
      • http://www.scribd.com : teachers guide to using Facebook
        • Source: http://www.scribd.com
    • 18. Sustainability in Education Paperless Learning
      • Virtual Learning Environments
      • Second Life
      • Active Worlds
      • Whyville
    • 19. Sustainability in Education Paperless Learning
      • Virtual Learning Environments
      • 3D immersive environment appeals to students
      • User generated, easy to use scripting and building tools
      • Experiential learning
      • Simulation and role-play
      • Modeling of complex scenarios
        • Source: http://secondlife.com
    • 20. Sustainability in Education Paperless Learning
      • E-Readers
      http://www.plasticlogic.com Sources: http://www.amazon.com http://www.sonystyle.com/reader
    • 21. Sustainability in Education Paperless Learning
      • E-Reader Market leader
      • Screen resolution not the best
      • Pluses for incorporating pdf capability.
        • Source: http://www.amazon.com
    • 22. Sustainability in Education Paperless Learning
      • E-Readers
        • Touch screen capability
        • Bookmarking, without the need for text entry.
        • Source: http://www.sonystyle.com/reader
    • 23. Sustainability in Education Paperless Learning
      • E-Readers
        • Aimed at business market
        • Supports Word, PowerPoint, Excel and pdf
        • Includes Wi-Fi and AT&T 3G capability
        • Source: http://www.plasticlogic.com
    • 24. Sustainability in the Office
      • Overview
      • Optimize natural light
      • Use electronic light efficiency
      • Shared Spaces and Working from Home
      • Telecommuting
      • Online meetings
      • Investing in Sustainable Products
    • 25. Sustainability in the Office
      • Optimize Natural Light
      • Windows and glass walls
      • Reflective surfaces
      • Light furniture
      • Polished wood or laminate flooring
    • 26. Sustainability in the Office Use electronic light efficiency
      • Smart Time Scheduling
        • Time scheduled switching or dimming of lights can be employed for zones as small as a room or even individual light fixture.
      Sources: http://www.encelium.com/en/ecs/six-strategies.html
    • 27. Sustainability in the Office Use electronic light efficiency
      • Daylight Harvesting
        • Through the use of photo sensors, light levels are automatically adjusted to take into account ambient natural sunlight entering the building.
      Sources: http://www.encelium.com/en/ecs/six-strategies.html
    • 28. Sustainability in the Office Use electronic light efficiency
      • Task Tuning
        • Setting default light levels to suit the particular task or use of a workspace in order to eliminate over lighting.
      Sources: http://www.encelium.com/en/ecs/six-strategies.html
    • 29. Sustainability in the Office Use electronic light efficiency
      • Occupancy Control
        • Through the use of occupancy sensors, lights are automatically turned on or off or dimmed based on occupancy detection.
      Sources: http://www.encelium.com/en/ecs/six-strategies.html
    • 30. Sustainability in the Office Use electronic light efficiency
      • Personal Control
        • Individuals can control (dim) the light levels in their workspace to suit their personal preferences from their desktop PC.
      Sources: http://www.encelium.com/en/ecs/six-strategies.html
    • 31. Sustainability in the Office Use electronic light efficiency
      • Variable Load Shedding
        • Reduction of electrical usage in response to utility price or demand response signal
      Sources: http://www.encelium.com/en/ecs/six-strategies.html
    • 32. Sustainability in the Office Use electronic light efficiency
      • Combined Energy savings of these methods: 50-75%
      • Usability aspect:
        • Allows people to control amount of artificial light they want and need
        • Less headaches and eye strain
        • Tailors light to tasks
      Sources: http://www.encelium.com/en/ecs/six-strategies.html
    • 33. Sustainability in the Office Shared Spaces and Working from Home
      • Denser employee area = 50% fewer Ethernet ports, reduced number of common area devices (printers, copiers)
        • Reduces real estate and tech costs
        • Produces less heat, consumes less power
        • Reduce consumption of materials and equipment
        • Increase space utilization
        • Reduce electronic and office waste
      • Usability aspect:
        • Enhances collaboration
        • Quality of life is improved due to less commuting
    • 34. Sustainability in the Office Telecommuting
      • Working from Home
      • Could feasibly remove 53 million U.S. Citizens through commuting- same as removing 27 million vehicles!
      • A million workers at home (even with a slight at-home power increase) can save 927,369 tons of carbon dioxide annually
      • Usability Aspect
        • Quality of life improved by working from home in own comfortable environment
        • Avoiding frustration of commuting
        • Source: http://www.noblis.org/NewsPublications/Publications/TechnicalPublications/SigmaJournal/Documents/Sigma_GFE_Modern_Telecommuting.pdf
    • 35. Sustainability in the Office Online meetings
      • Using online Meeting tools such as Cisco’s WebEx and Microsoft’s Live Meeting
        • Reduce meeting costs by nearly 75 percent
        • Increase employee productivity
        • Reduce emissions
      • Usability Aspect:
        • Increased meeting content
        • Access to live and recorded sessions
      Source: http://blogs.cisco.com/collaboration/comments/focusing_on_global_virtual_collaboration_by_connecting_executives_worldwide/ )
    • 36. Sustainability in the Office
      • Investing in Sustainable Design
      • Invest in hardware that is durable and can be enhanced through software upgrades
      • Buy items that are made of easily recyclable materials (i.e. bamboo and aluminum)
      • Usability aspect:
        • Familiarity with tools used to accomplished tasks
    • 37. Thanks for watching…..
      • Brought to you by:
      • Liz Dykes
      • Ed Blake
      • Yolanda Logan
      • Julie Lowe
      • And many other nameless contributors…

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