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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.

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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About MOOCs and Learner Retention in Online Education and Training

MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) presented by the Ivy League universities have been touted as the “next big thing” in online education. So far they have failed to deliver the promised revolution … initial attendance is often high (in the tens of thousands) but learner retention is low (about 5%) (see Retention and Intention in Massive Open Online Courses, June 2013). Lack of engagement is generally given as the primary cause of the large dropout rate. MOOCs employ a familiar “talking head” format with video

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