Insight and Opportunities in Professional Development and Training for Mining

Canadian Online Publishing Awards Recognizes

Congratulations to who took home gold from the Canadian Online Publishing Awards for Best Email Newsletter Design and Engagement, trade publication category! They also won silver in Best Use of Social Media, and Best Online Campaign for their GEA Westfalia webinar – we’re very proud of our contribution to that campaign and look forward to helping out with future webcasts.

Lost for Words … Are We Missing Something in the Digital World?

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Digital technology is transforming the way we read and write. This is the theme of an article titled “Goodbye, paper: What we miss when we read on screen” (O’Callaghan (2014) ) in the November 01 edition of the New Scientist. The article summarizes research into the impact of the digital world on learning and cognition, all of which has some degree of relevance to our own world of elearning and online professional development. Students attending a lecture who took notes by hand instead of typing

Guidelines to Enhance the Quality of Your Online Learning Experience


Online learning is not for everyone. Neither is it always the best medium for certain learning topics. Nonetheless, the learning outcomes for online training and development are today generally rated “as good as or better” than those for face-to-face instruction (Allen and Seaman (2013)). There are good reasons for this, such as quality of course material. An online course is typically developed for a much larger audience than a face-to-face classroom course, and the content is typically written by an industry specialist and assembled into

Professional Development 2014


With the end of year fast approaching, you’re probably wondering how you can fulfil the last professional development hours you require to maintain your professional status. EduMine’s courses could be the solution for you! At a time and from a place convenient to you, you can develop yourself by taking our online courses – all you require is access to the internet. Or you may want to explore what live webcast and short course topics we have left scheduled for the year. To view all

IGF is a Platform for Capacity Building of Governments in Developing Countries

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Much of the world’s mining takes place in developing countries. Global mining policy dictates that the benefits of mining should be shared equitably with local governments and communities. Yet governments in those countries are frequently unprepared for the responsibilities of dealing with the mining industry and effectively representing their communities. The IGF (Intergovernmental Forum on Mining, Minerals, Metals and Sustainable Development), held this week over four days in Geneva, is a platform for dialog with governments in developing countries with an emphasis on capacity building

An Innovative Solution to Enhancing the Mining Curriculum

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There is a shortage of qualified, experienced faculty with which to build adequate curricula at mining schools around the world. One of the best ways to counter this is to involve industry specialists in the teaching process wherever possible. However, industry specialists tend to be in great demand and have limited availability. The solution is to get industry specialists to develop online, on-demand courses that can be taken by anyone in the global mining community at any time…i.e. to dramatically increase the teaching effectiveness of

Ensuring the Relevance of Training and Development in Mining


The training and development function often struggles to remain relevant and demonstrate business value (Lindenberg (2014)). This is particularly true in mining. To remain relevant, training must connect to the strategic goals of the organization, involve stakeholders at all levels of the organization in training initiatives, and build an environment that encourages continuous and candid feedback on training efforts. The relevance of training and development can be stated in terms of its long and short term contributions to the corporate value chain. The long term

How Much Do You Really Know About Mining?

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The 360° Mining Challenge is a short online quiz that challenges your general knowledge of mining. The challenge is presented online to promote increased knowledge and a better understanding of the global mining industry. Take the challenge to see how street smart you really are in mining. 2,879 individuals from 98 countries have completed the challenge to date. With a median score of 11/25 and an average of 13/25, fewer than 50% of all individuals could answer more than half the challenge questions correctly. This

What’s New in Environmental and Social Issues in Mining at EduMine Online

Cómo establecer una licencia social para operar en minería

It has been a busy season for the courses in our Environmental and Social Issues in Mining application. Over the past few months, we’ve launched two new courses (one in English and one in Spanish) as well as sweeping updates to a popular online course, Establishing a Social License to Operate in Mining. We’re also hard at work on updates to the course Acid Rock Drainage Prediction as well as the development of a new course, Strategic Social Management. Watch for announcements about those courses

Who, What and How Statistics for Professional Development and Training in Mining


EduMine ( is the mining industry’s largest provider of online courses for professional development and training with a library of 160+ courses covering every aspect of mining. EduMine also presents another 60+ courses each year in face-to-face classroom format and live webcast format. The statistics presented below provide guidance as to who is taking which courses and how they are achieving this. The following statistics are derived from website analytics collected over 12 months of operation of the website Audience by Country Audience by

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