Insight and Opportunities in Professional Development and Training for Mining

New Online Courses – Leadership Development Series

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We are pleased to announce the launch of the first two courses in the series, Leadership Development, by Elaine Cullen and Trudy Gallinger! Most of us strive to develop our careers and ultimately move up the career ladder. This also means that most of us will manage people. The workforce is changing, with many experienced people retiring, companies tapping into a global pool of talent, and a new generation of people with different values, expectations, and motivations coming in. To understand these differences in the

InfoMine Gives Back with We Care Program

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Earlier this year, InfoMine started We Care, a program where employees volunteer their time and make an impact together in the community. A core team of 4, including EduMine’s Principal Technical Writer, Beverlee Bishundayal, and Product Manager, Nina Albrecht, coordinate with charities and organizations that rely on volunteers’ help. We Care initiatives include: sorting food and clothing at local foodbanks and crisis centres, cooking food or hosting games at a summer BBQ for a women’s shelter, and helping out at a Christmas party hosted by

EduMine: A Look Back from Retirement

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We started EduMine 18 years ago in 1999. Our mission from the start has been to disseminate technology to the mining community around the world using the Internet as our platform. There were no LMSs (Learning Management Systems) when we started … we had to develop our own courseware template with a minimum bandwidth requirement to reach remote mining operations with poor Internet connections. We started EduMine with the support of Andy Robertson and InfoMine in 1999. With retirement a reality, it is appropriate to

Learning Innovation in the Digital Age

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McKinsey has recently published commentary on learning innovation in the digital age … with particular relevance to mining, as summarized below. Universities are struggling to adapt to lifetime learning. Degrees are a recognized credential … but not a great proxy for meaningful skills. Focus is shifting to “competencies” … i.e. “how well can you do the job?” rather than “what are your credentials?” The future of learning for mining is likely to be a basic engineering degree followed by a lifetime of programmed professional development

New Online Course – Mine Planning 3 – Optimization

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We are pleased to announce the launch of Mine Planning 3 – Optimization by Dr. Micah Nehring and Dr. Sean Shafiee! This course is the third in a set of three courses on Mine Planning. The third course introduces mathematical optimization concepts which often form the basis for many of the computerized planning tools that are commercially available today. It is important to understand how these tools work and the fundamental algorithms behind them to aid the mine planning process. The course covers common algorithms

EduMine’s Continued Commitment to our Learners

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EduMine’s mission statement is clear: “To deliver accessible professional development, training and technology to the worldwide mining community at an affordable price, with emphasis on distance learning and collaboration with educational institutions and professional associations, to enrich the mining education and training experience.” The last few years have been extremely tough for the mining industry, with ripple effects to service providers, including training and education providers such as EduMine. It is motivating to read articles that indicate the “light at the end of the tunnel”

Calling Bullshit in the Age of Big Data

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This course is a potentially useful tool for trying to make sense of mining news and reports! We might have seen through some of the worst mining scams like Bre-X Minerals and Southwestern Resources if this had been available in the past. The University of Washington in Seattle presented a one-credit course this spring on “Calling Bullshit in the Age of Big Data” with plans to expand it to a three- or four-credit course for the fall term. As stated on their website … The

Updated Online Course – Tailings Management

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We have just updated the Tailings Management online course by Robert C. Lo! This course takes a comprehensive look at all aspects of tailings management–from tailings generation and storage facility design through operation to closure and decommissioning. The author has made updates related to recent tailings storage facility failures, including an update on the Mount Polley tailings dam case history (2014) and a new case history about the Samarco Fundão tailings dam (2015). This course is intended for those whose work or interest is related

Certificate in Mining Studies Survey … Key Findings

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This article presents the key findings of a program evaluation survey of students that registered for the Certificate in Mining Studies (CMS) Program. The survey was conducted from November 2016 – January 2017. The survey audience was 63 respondents out of more than 300 CMS registrants. The survey objective was to evaluate the CMS program as a continuing educational approach to develop and enhance skills in the mining industry. The survey has demonstrated strong support for the program from both companies and professionals. Professionals consistently

University of Concepción, Chile, Joins the Certificate in Mining Studies Network

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EduMine and the University of Concepción (UDEC) in Chile have signed an agreement for the UDEC Department of Metallurgical Engineering to join the Certificate in Mining Studies program as both a CMS Mining School and a CMS Course Provider. The Certificate in Mining Studies (CMS) is a university certificate program, developed by EduMine, the Norman B. Keevil Institute of Mining Engineering at the University of British Columbia (UBC), and the Department of Continuing Education at UBC. The CMS continuing education program comprises short courses, live