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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.

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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What is the CIM + EduMine + SME Partnership?

In April 2016, EduMine signed agreements with the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (CIM) and the Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration (SME) to partner in the roll-out of a premier online professional development program offered to their members. This partnership provides CIM and SME members with high-quality online learning no matter where they are located. Currently, 22 premium CIM and SME peer-reviewed online courses are available on a broad range of topics such as geostatistics, permitting, and mineral processing. These courses qualify

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Prestigious Accreditation Demonstrates EduMine’s Commitment to High-Quality Lifelong Learning

We are proud to announce that the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET) has renewed EduMine’s Accredited Provider status. IACET is the premier standards-setting organization for continuing education and training, with a strategic mission to promote IACET standards as a benchmark for quality program delivery globally. EduMine complies with the ANSI/IACET Standard, which is recognized internationally as a standard of excellence in instructional practices. As a result of this accreditation, EduMine is authorized to issue the IACET continuing education unit (CEU). EduMine first

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Online Learning and Training Trends for 2017

The following are the dominant trends in the eLearning space for 2017, summarized from a review of articles by major contributors including;  World Economic Forum, W3.org, Forbes, TrainingIndustry.com and eLearningIndustry.com. eLearning Adoption “Last year, the e-learning market was worth an enormous $167 billion. It’s been estimated that this will grow to $255 billion by 2017. Its growing financial value is matched only by the swelling numbers of students choosing to follow an online course.” (World Economic Forum) “More than 70% of chief academic officers at

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Achieving the Value Propositions for Training in Mining

Training in mining is generally associated with one or more of the following objectives: Educating the workforce Building a safety culture Increasing productivity Growing the leaders of tomorrow Professional development Any of the above can be achieved within a cost-sensitive budget by appropriate choice of training content, format and learning platform. The following is an attempt to establish the value propositions that define the selection process. Training Content Selection of training content is dependent on the training objectives and audience, which in turn drive the

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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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Professional Development Fills the Knowledge Gaps in Mining Left by Universities

In a recent interview published by CIM Magazine, George Demopoulos of McGill University laments the shift away from metallurgy programs in the mining and materials curriculum (see Separating Sciences, CIM Magazine, June/July 2016). In his words … “grooming young materials engineers is becoming more challenging … creating a crisis of competence and a divide between the traditional metallurgical industry and the universities of today”. This is but one symptom of the modern trend at universities to streamline their curricula in the interests of cost-saving. There

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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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Tailings Risk Webcast Demonstrates the Global Reach of Webcast Training

The recent live webcast Risk Assessment and Decision Making for Mine Geowaste Facility Management had four presenters from three different countries and 22 delegates from 11 countries. It demonstrated the power of the Internet to disseminate specialist mining knowledge to even the remotest mining community. The course examined recent findings from the Mount Polley tailings facility failure, and outlined the risk assessment methods that can be used to prevent future tailings disasters. Practical techniques for the management of mine geowaste facilities using risk assessment methods

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The Right Training Can Reduce the Impact of Mining on Communities

A number of mining companies have experienced costly delays due to community opposition and conflict. A case in point is Newmont Mining Corporation, the world’s 2nd largest gold miner, which is walking away from its $5 billion Conga copper and gold project in Peru after a year of relentless community opposition (see Community opposition forces Newmont to abandon Conga project in Peru, MINING.com, April 2016). A study by the Centre for Social Responsibility in Mining at the Sustainable Minerals Institute in Brisbane has determined that

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