Author Archives: Simon Houlding

Simon Houlding is Vice-President of Professional Development for InfoMine Inc., responsible for EduMine, the professional development division which provides learning and training programs to the global mining industry. He is a practicing professional engineer and author.

EduMine’s Mariana Reinoso Achieves a Master of Education Technology

Mariana Reinoso has been Manager of Educational Media for EduMine for eight years. She recently completed the requirements for the Master of Educational Technology program at the University of British Columbia and graduated on May 25. Congratulations Mariana! The Master of Educational Technology is a fully online program offered by the Faculty of Education at the University of British Columbia. The MET curriculum offers a holistic perspective on issues that impact the successful planning, development and delivery of e-learning. MET graduates: develop leadership capacities for

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EduMine Rankings and Demographics for 2016

The following rankings and demographics are based on records and analytics from 2016. Audience: 236,000 unique visitors. Top 10 countries by visitor statistics … Canada: 17% (15% in 2015) United States: 13% (14% in 2015) India: 6% (5% in 2015) United Kingdom: 6% (4% in 2015) South Africa: 5% (6% in 2015) Australia: 5% (5% in 2015) Brazil: 3% (3% in 2015) Peru: 3% (4% in 2015) Mexico: 3% (3% in 2015) Chile: 2% (3% in 2015) Age: 61% of EduMine visitors are less than

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eLearning Deals with the Practical Realities of Training at Mines

Training at mines is impacted by a number of issues, principal among these being … the rate of change and complexity of technology high staff turnover workforce diversity measuring the effectiveness of training The discussion below deals with how eLearning contributes to a successful, sustainable training program in the context of each of the above issues. Dealing with complexity and rate of change of technology Training is all about preventing accidents, saving lives, and ensuring business success … i.e. about ensuring sustainability in a world

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Responsive Training … a Disruptive Innovation in Mining

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

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Online Learning and Training Trends for 2017

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

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Achieving the Value Propositions for Training in Mining

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

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Is your training budget stuck in the recession?

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

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Murray Goldberg speaks to the effectiveness of online training

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

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Blended Learning Benefits Truck Operator Training at Suncor

Too often, haul truck operator trainees don’t retain enough of the knowledge they learn during training. That can lead to longer on-boarding cycles, lower productivity and potential safety problems in the mine. Blended learning – providing training via multiple modalities using a highly structured, building-block approach – shows a lot of promise in addressing this challenge (see Blended Learning: A More Effective Model for Haul Truck Operator Training by Chuck Frey of VISTA Training). Training challenges facing mines Computer-based training alone is not an effective

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Training for mining has moved to a new level

The mining campus just became a lot smarter, with expanded training content that covers the mining workforce and delivery by an LMS platform designed for mining. As well as recently adding 10 new online courses and updating another 6 from its library of professional development and training courses, EduMine is now collaborating with other providers on a broad range of mine training applications to greatly increase its ability to address content and technology requirements for the entire mining workforce. EduMine and VISTA Training EduMine is

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