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 was Vice-President of Professional Development for InfoMine Inc. He founded Edumine in 2000, and was responsible for this InfoMine division which provides learning and training programs to the global mining industry until 31 October 2017. He is a professional engineer and author.

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