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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.

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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