Learning Innovation in the Digital Age

competenciesMcKinsey has recently published commentary on learning innovation in the digital age … with particular relevance to mining, as summarized below.

Universities are struggling to adapt to lifetime learning. Degrees are a recognized credential … but not a great proxy for meaningful skills.

Focus is shifting to “competencies” … i.e. “how well can you do the job?” rather than “what are your credentials?”

The future of learning for mining is likely to be a basic engineering degree followed by a lifetime of programmed professional development geared to providing specific competencies and skills.

Professional development will be a mix of online, short course, live webcast and self-study assignments … presented as an adaptable program … and provided by a collaboration of industry and professional associations as well as universities.

The full McKinsey report is available online.

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.

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