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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.

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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EduMine’s Continued Commitment to our Learners

EduMine’s mission statement is clear: “To deliver accessible professional development, training and technology to the worldwide mining community at an affordable price, with emphasis on distance learning and collaboration with educational institutions and professional associations, to enrich the mining education and training experience.” The last few years have been extremely tough for the mining industry, with ripple effects to service providers, including training and education providers such as EduMine. It is motivating to read articles that indicate the “light at the end of the tunnel”

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Responsive Training … a Disruptive Innovation in Mining

Introduction It’s time to change education and training. Addressing the technical and operational complexities of mining, through the ups and downs of the industry, has left little opportunity to innovate education and training. It is critical to build the people that are the foundation of safe and productive mining. Responsive Training Two established Vancouver-based companies have teamed up to disrupt traditional education in mining: responsive training is a digital platform that combines eLearning technology with best-in-class content that is tailored to the operational context of

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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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EduMine Rankings and Demographics

The following rankings and demographics are based on records and analytics from 2015. Top 10 countries by visitor statistics … Canada: 15% United States: 14% South Africa: 6% India: 5% Australia: 5% Peru: 4% United Kingdom: 4% Mexico: 3% Brazil: 3% Chile: 3% Age: 61% of EduMine visitors are less than 35 years of age. Gender: 46% of EduMine visitors are women. Browser: Chrome is the most popular browser. Device: 26% of EduMine visitors use mobile or tablet devices. Course category rankings by certifications for

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Are You Getting Real, Sustainable Value from Your Training?

We forget 70% of what we have learned within 24 hours unless we use it in some way. This principle of modern learning psychology is illustrated by the figure below which presents what is known as the Ebbinghaus Forgetting Curve (see Use It or Lose It by Art Kohn (2015)). Despite the general acceptance of this principle, mining companies continue to spend millions of dollars on training programs from which most of the knowledge will be forgotten in a matter of days. The principle applies

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Is Your Exploration Team Trained to Deal with Community and Cultural Issues?

e3 Plus: A Framework for Responsible Exploration was developed by the Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) to help exploration companies continuously improve their social, environmental, and health and safety performance. e3 Plus is an information resource on which explorers are encouraged to base their corporate social responsibility (CSR) policies and programs. e3 Plus includes eight principles for responsible exploration, guidance notes on implementing the principles, and three internet-based toolkits in the areas of social responsibility, environmental stewardship, and health and safety. The eight

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Negative Impacts of Water Usage in Mining are Avoidable with Proper Training

While mining has historically affected its surrounding environment, advances in technology and changes in water management techniques mean that many negative impacts are now avoidable. Increasingly, mining companies are making efforts to reduce the environmental impact of mining and minimize the footprint of their activities throughout the mining cycle, including working to restore ecosystems post-mining. This is well-documented by an article on www.miningfacts.org. The use of water in mining has the potential to affect the quality of surrounding surface water and groundwater. In response to

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Online Course Rankings for 2015

EduMine publishes these rankings at the end of each year to provide you with insight into which mining topics are considered most important and topical by our global mining audience. The following rankings are based on the number of registrations for certification for each of the listed courses: 1. An Introduction to Mining and Mineral Processing 2. Sustainable Development in Mining 3. Economic Evaluation and Optimization of Mineral Projects 4. Mine Project Economics 5. 360° Mining 6. Blast Design and Assessment for Surface Mines and

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Cutting Staff Increases the Need for Training

Many mining companies are planning ever deeper cuts to staff in 2016, increasing the need for training, skills development and mining knowledge to help bridge the resulting talent gap for remaining staff. More than half (55%) of mining employers cut staff in 2015 and an additional 40% expect to cut in 2016, according to an industry survey by the recruiting firm Hays (MINING.com December 01 2015). Under-staffing results in burnout and low morale, and current employees are “feeling pressure more than ever”, reports Hays. While

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