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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.

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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Mining Professionals Need Flexibility in Continuing Education

The changing profile of today’s young professional in mining and the geosciences requires us to find new, innovative ways to deliver high-quality, affordable continuing education. Young working professionals typically must balance a career, family responsibilities, and their personal lives with the demands of continuing education and professional development. The CMS (Certificate in Mining Studies) is a continuing education program supported by a network of top mining schools and providers of high quality professional development courses. It is a blended learning program of on-demand online courses,

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A Modular, Blended Learning Approach to Effective Mine Site Training

When providing specialist training to a group of trainees at a mine site, presenter fees and expenses, and the cost of keeping 20 trainees in a classroom and away from the workplace for several days, account for a significant share of the training budget. Ensuring that this face-to-face training experience is as effective as possible becomes an important objective. Other objectives include: •  continuity and retention of training; •  relevance to the workplace; and •  evaluation of training achievements. The optimum solution is a modular,

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Are Learning Outcomes in Online Courses Comparable to Face-to-Face?

The following findings are extracted from the report Changing Course: Ten Years of Tracking Online Education in the United States (Allen and Seaman (2013)) “Background: The reports in this series have consistently found most chief academic officers rate the learning outcomes for online education “as good as or better” than those for face-to-face instruction, but a consistent minority consider online to be inferior. • 77 percent of academic leaders rated the learning outcomes in online education as the same or superior to those in face-to-face

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