Insight and Opportunities in Professional Development and Training for Mining

Online Certification for a Remote Mining Audience


How do you develop a certification process for online courses that are going to be taken on demand by individuals in remote mining areas, many of whom will not have access to mentoring and must complete a course entirely in a self-study, self-paced mode? The primary objective of certification is to confirm that you have achieved the planned learning objectives of a course. A strong secondary objective is to enhance and reinforce the learning experience itself. The online certification process for EduMine courses is audited

Talent Management Issues in Mining – Knowledge Transfer and Closing the Skills Gap

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This posting follows from an earlier article that addressed the talent management issues of skills development and employee retention. We look here at the issues of knowledge transfer and closing the skills gap, summarized as follows. The internal talent pool within each company is shrinking as the older generation retires or moves on, and internal procedures for transfer of knowledge and skills to the younger generation are mostly non-existent. Mining schools, with their own difficulties in finding and retaining appropriate faculty, are failing to close

New Spanish Online Course: Molienda 3 – Circuitos

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We’ve just launched a new online course in Spanish, Molienda 3 – Circuitos (Grinding 3 – Circuits). This course is the third and final installation of Metso Process Technology‘s popular courses on grinding engineering. This series of courses is the new iteration of Metso’s Computer-Based Training (CBT), an industry standard for mineral processing. The suite of courses teaches the principles that help operators make safer, faster and better decisions at the mill. With this last installment, Spanish learners now have access to all three courses

Talent Management Issues in Mining – Skills Development and Employee Retention

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The current talent management squeeze in mining is summarized by the following observations and supported by a number of studies, including Managing the Learning Landscape, published by the Association for Talent Development (ATD) and the Project Management Institute (PMI) (2014). It is increasingly difficult to recruit talent with appropriate skills and experience to manage projects; this is compounded by the tendency for the younger generation to change jobs with increasing frequency. The internal talent pool within each company is shrinking as the older generation retires

Canadian Online Publishing Awards Recognizes

Canadian Online Publishing Awards

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

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