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 of knowledge retention; however both learning models have their advantages and a blended learning combination of the two is better still.
The table below compares the principal attributes of the two learning models. A blended learning approach to training which employs online learning wherever possible and instructor-led learning wherever appropriate delivers the best possible training strategy, as emphasized by the highlighted attribute values below.
Murray Goldberg and Mining Safety and Learning Systems are partnering with EduMine on the Campus+ initiative for training in mining. Campus+ combines learning resources and state-of-the-art eLearning technology to provide the tools and methodology to deliver, track and assess training effectiveness across the entire domain of mining operations (see Training for Mining has Moved to a New Level).