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 each specialist. There are four key requirements for ensuring that this is a viable, cost effective solution.
- A sustainable business model based on author royalties that makes it attractive for specialists to develop such courses; these can be proportional to the usage or popularity of a course.
- A lightweight course delivery platform that is effective in remote areas, with low Internet bandwidth and poor communications, where most mining activity occurs. This does not mean that rich content such as video should be excluded but ensures that it is used judiciously.
- Development of a critical mass of available courses on appropriate mining topics, in collaboration with industry specialists, that allows mining companies to supplement their training programs and mining schools to enhance their curricula (see EduMine’s Online Courses).
- Accreditation and quality control of the courses. Accreditation is achieved by approval from institutions such as the International Association of Continuing Education and Training (IACET), and by acceptance of courses into university programs such as the Certificate in Mining Studies (CMS) at the University of British Columbia.
EduMine courses are currently used by 31 universities, mining schools and professional associations around the world.