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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.

EduMine: A Look Back from Retirement

We started EduMine 18 years ago in 1999. Our mission from the start has been to disseminate technology to the mining community around the world using the Internet as our platform. There were no LMSs (Learning Management Systems) when we started … we had to develop our own courseware template with a minimum bandwidth requirement to reach remote mining operations with poor Internet connections. We started EduMine with the support of Andy Robertson and InfoMine in 1999. With retirement a reality, it is appropriate to

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Learning Innovation in the Digital Age

McKinsey 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

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NI43-101 Reporting Issues and the Need for Professional Development

There is increasing demand in the mining industry for raising the standard of NI43-101 reporting for mining projects. This is well-illustrated by the article “When is a Mineral Resource not a Resource” by Rod Webster (AMC Consultants), published in the October 2015 issue of CIM Magazine. Following this, “CIM Definitions, Standards, Best Practices and NI43-101″ by Garth Kirkham (President, Canadian Institute of Mining (CIM) and Chair, CIM Best Practices Committee) was presented as a CIM Management and Economics Society Lecture in November 2015 in Vancouver.

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An Innovative Solution to Enhancing the Mining Curriculum

There is a shortage of qualified, experienced faculty with which to build adequate curricula at mining schools around the world. One of the best ways to counter this is to involve industry specialists in the teaching process wherever possible. However, industry specialists tend to be in great demand and have limited availability. The solution is to get industry specialists to develop online, on-demand courses that can be taken by anyone in the global mining community at any time…i.e. to dramatically increase the teaching effectiveness of

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Talk to Your Professional Association about CPD and eLearning Benefits

Many professional associations for mining and geoscience professionals today recognize formal eLearning as credit towards CPD (continuing professional development) obligations. This is a significant benefit since busy professionals can take qualifying on-demand online courses in their own time from any location with a decent Internet connection. EduMine has taken steps to ensure that, in general, the format and methodology of its online courses meet the CPD qualifying criteria of professional associations. This includes a robust certification methodology that confirms achievement of the planned learning outcomes

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Online Continuing Education is a Growing Resource for the Global Mining Industry

Online continuing education and training is a growing resource for the global mining industry. Its utility can be measured in terms of its ability to satisfy a broad range of developmental objectives, including CPD obligations, career enhancement objectives, corporate training requirements, curriculum enhancement and knowledge resource requests. Much of the online continuing education and training that occurs today is the result of collaboration between industry and universities. CPD Obligations: online courses are a convenient and cost-effective way for busy professionals to meet their ongoing CPD

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Online Courses must be Audited by the IACET to Qualify for CPD

The mission of the International Association of Continuing Education and Training (IACET) is to advance the global workforce by providing the standard framework for quality learning and development through accreditation. IACET history includes development of the original Continuing Education Unit (CEU) and creation and maintenance of the ANSI/IACET Standard for Continuing Education and Training. IACET performs regular ISO9000-like audits of its members and their training programs and courses…

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Online Certification is a Convenient Way to Satisfy Your CPD Obligations

Online certification presents a cost-effective opportunity to expand your knowledge by taking career-enhancing courses, with the convenience of online certification and 24/7 accessibility, and to satisfy your professional development obligations at the same time. EduMine has online, self-learning, self-paced courses on almost every aspect of mining and the geosciences, authored by specialists in their fields…

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