EduMine’s mission statement is clear:
“To deliver accessible professional development, training and technology to the worldwide mining community at an affordable price, with emphasis on distance learning and collaboration with educational institutions and professional associations, to enrich the mining education and training experience.”
The last few years have been extremely tough for the mining industry, with ripple effects to service providers, including training and education providers such as EduMine. It is motivating to read articles that indicate the “light at the end of the tunnel” seems to be getting brighter; for now though we are not ready to put on the sunglasses!
EduMine has done its best to weather the storm and still live up to its mission statement. Over the past 12 months, we have focused on:
- updating existing online courses;
- balancing this maintenance against adding new online course topics; and
- reducing the number of live courses offered given the low attendance of the past 2-3 years, but on occasion holding a course that should have been cancelled when CMS students were registered.
We have also been very busy developing and consolidating strategic partnerships, which provide valuable training and development options for our clients. It takes time to build the knowledge and trust to engage in partnerships and to nurture these. We are thrilled that we now have the following established partners.
- June 2017: University of Concepcion, Chile (UDEC) joins the CMS network.
- October 2016: the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (CIM) and the Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration (SME) members can enroll in EduMine’s online course library at a discounted access fee.
- August 2016:
- MiningSLS—Campus+ product partner that provides LMS technology designed for the mining environment.
- Collaboration with two course providers through the Campus+ product; their online courses are available for purchase through the EduMine website.
And we met an important milestone in December 2016 when we passed the fourth rigorous audit since 2001 of our policies and processes, including an onsite review, by the International Association of Continuing Education and Training (IACET). We successfully demonstrated that we maintain continuous compliance with the ANSI/IACET Standard, a standard that defines a proven model for developing effective and valuable continuing education and training programs.
While the sunglasses aren’t on yet, we are looking forward to the upcoming 12 months and what we can offer you. Our technical writing team is producing a series of online courses covering leadership topics and one on mine planning optimization. Our preproduction pipeline includes topics ranging from porphyry and epithermal deposit exploration, to chemical auditing, to sustainable continuous improvement in mining, amongst others. While we are still cautious about holding live courses, we have 5 courses scheduled between now and December 2017.
We continue to work with our partners to refine what our combined strengths can offer our learners.
So keep in touch! Don’t hesitate to let us know what you like, and share your improvement ideas. This will help us as we continue the journey to provide the worldwide mining community with accessible professional development, training, and technology.