Insight and Opportunities in Professional Development and Training for Mining

Responsive Training … a Disruptive Innovation in Mining

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Introduction It’s time to change education and training. Addressing the technical and operational complexities of mining, through the ups and downs of the industry, has left little opportunity to innovate education and training. It is critical to build the people that are the foundation of safe and productive mining. Responsive Training Two established Vancouver-based companies have teamed up to disrupt traditional education in mining: responsive training is a digital platform that combines eLearning technology with best-in-class content that is tailored to the operational context of

What is the CIM + EduMine + SME Partnership?

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In April 2016, EduMine signed agreements with the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (CIM) and the Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration (SME) to partner in the roll-out of a premier online professional development program offered to their members. This partnership provides CIM and SME members with high-quality online learning no matter where they are located. Currently, 22 premium CIM and SME peer-reviewed online courses are available on a broad range of topics such as geostatistics, permitting, and mineral processing. These courses qualify

Prestigious Accreditation Demonstrates EduMine’s Commitment to High-Quality Lifelong Learning

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We are proud to announce that the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET) has renewed EduMine’s Accredited Provider status. IACET is the premier standards-setting organization for continuing education and training, with a strategic mission to promote IACET standards as a benchmark for quality program delivery globally. EduMine complies with the ANSI/IACET Standard, which is recognized internationally as a standard of excellence in instructional practices. As a result of this accreditation, EduMine is authorized to issue the IACET continuing education unit (CEU). EduMine first

Online Learning and Training Trends for 2017

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The following are the dominant trends in the eLearning space for 2017, summarized from a review of articles by major contributors including;  World Economic Forum, W3.org, Forbes, TrainingIndustry.com and eLearningIndustry.com. eLearning Adoption “Last year, the e-learning market was worth an enormous $167 billion. It’s been estimated that this will grow to $255 billion by 2017. Its growing financial value is matched only by the swelling numbers of students choosing to follow an online course.” (World Economic Forum) “More than 70% of chief academic officers at

New Online Course – Covers for Mine Geowaste Facilities – 2: Design and Performance Analysis

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We are pleased to announce the launch of our new online course, Covers for Mine Geowaste Facilities – 2: Design and Performance Analysis by Jack Caldwell. This course is the second in a series of two courses on covers for mine geowaste facilities. This course deals with cover design and performance analysis: the calculations and analyses that underlie comprehensive cover design which includes: engineering, scientific, and technical design methods to calculate and quantify just how the cover may perform in regards to stability, infiltration, erosion,

Revised Online Course – Managing the Environmental Permitting Process

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We have recently revised our online course, Managing the Environmental Permitting Process, by Lee W. Saperstein. The concepts that underlie permitting are universal: the social license to operate, including respect for local judgments, environmental assessments, environmental management systems, and that post-mining land use must comply with local or regional planning guidance. Because of the universality of these concepts and the frequent sharing of permitting rules among mining jurisdictions, this course concentrates on those principles that will assist mine planners to obtain permits in a timely

Achieving the Value Propositions for Training in Mining

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Training in mining is generally associated with one or more of the following objectives: Educating the workforce Building a safety culture Increasing productivity Growing the leaders of tomorrow Professional development Any of the above can be achieved within a cost-sensitive budget by appropriate choice of training content, format and learning platform. The following is an attempt to establish the value propositions that define the selection process. Training Content Selection of training content is dependent on the training objectives and audience, which in turn drive the

Is your training budget stuck in the recession?

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There are positive indications that the recession is receding. Which means that this is the time for proactive decision making by forward-thinking companies as they prepare their training budgets for the coming year. Training is an area where companies can gain a significant advantage by planning ahead. The ranks of experienced workers and managers have been decimated by recession and retirement. Many will be replaced by young and/or inexperienced workers as the recession recedes and these will require extensive training. Forward-thinking companies are already preparing

Mining’s Untapped Resource – Women in Leadership Roles

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Has mining discovered its next great resource? This is the question addressed in the recent report published by Ernst & Young, in collaboration with Women in Mining (UK). As the authors point out: “The gender gap isn’t just a gender issue. It’s a business issue. Women’s advancement and leadership are central to business performance and economic prosperity. Profitability, return on investment (ROI) and innovation all increase when women are counted among senior leadership.” The report can be used by mining companies, large or small, as

Murray Goldberg speaks to the effectiveness of online training

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eLearning pioneer Murray Goldberg of Mining Safety and Learning Systems recently participated in a presentation on the effectiveness of online learning in enabling a safety culture transformation within a workforce (see the video presentation on YouTube). This presentation describes the development of a sustainable training program in the maritime industry; however the takeaways are highly relevant to mining. The essence of Murray’s presentation can be summarized as: Experience and research have shown that online, self-directed learning is measurably better than traditional instructor-led learning in terms