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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.

Certificate in Mining Studies Survey … Key Findings

This article presents the key findings of a program evaluation survey of students that registered for the Certificate in Mining Studies (CMS) Program. The survey was conducted from November 2016 – January 2017. The survey audience was 63 respondents out of more than 300 CMS registrants. The survey objective was to evaluate the CMS program as a continuing educational approach to develop and enhance skills in the mining industry. The survey has demonstrated strong support for the program from both companies and professionals. Professionals consistently

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Professional Development and Training Statistics on EduMine

A World Leader Did you know that EduMine is the world’s leading provider of training and education to the mining industry today? Our clients, students and partners choose our online platform for professional development, as a mining resource library, and for training purposes. Below are several interesting EduMine statics that demonstrate EduMine’s growth, and usage: There are over 6,000 active students today Over 21,000 individuals have enrolled since 2005 Nearly 7,000 individuals have completed one or more courses with EduMine 16,000 courses have been completed

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Thank You All

Last week was a great week for EduMine and we would like to take a moment to express our appreciation to all that have made our success possible! On May 11th EduMine’s founder and VP, Simon Houlding was awarded the Vale Medal at the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (CIM’s) annual conference in Montreal, an honor that is presented as a mark of distinction and recognition to the person who has made a meritorious and practical contribution of outstanding importance to the mining

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EMBA in Strategic Mining Management

Designed exclusively for the mining industry, this first-of-its-kind executive business degree was developed in consultation with mining professionals for mining professionals. The new EMBA in Strategic Mining Management harnesses the world-renowned expertise in business education of the Sauder School of Business and North America’s largest and most advanced centre for mining engineering education and research, the Keevil Institute of Mining Engineering, to train highly skilled executives in the fields of Operations Management and Executive Management. The curriculum integrates knowledge from core business and mining disciplines

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Professional Development 2014

With the end of year fast approaching, you’re probably wondering how you can fulfil the last professional development hours you require to maintain your professional status. EduMine’s courses could be the solution for you! At a time and from a place convenient to you, you can develop yourself by taking our online courses – all you require is access to the internet. Or you may want to explore what live webcast and short course topics we have left scheduled for the year. To view all

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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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EduMine’s Upcoming Courses – Fall 2014

Summer’s coming to a close, the kids are heading back to school, and it’s a great time for you to catch up on your professional development hours and learn some new skills! Take a look at our upcoming live webcasts and short courses as you plan your schedule for October/November. Early booking is advised as some courses have limited seats available! We are pleased to welcome back world renowned experts in their subject matter for this fall’s schedule of short courses. To highlight just a

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Courses on Geotechnics, Rock Mechanics and Hydrology

The engineering aspects of a mine are paramount for stability, safety, and economical extraction. If you cannot move, open, and control the earth, you will not have a mine. If you cannot predict, model, and manipulate the water, you will not have a mine. Stay up-to-date on the most recent developments in and methods for geological and hydrogeological engineering at mines. EduMine’s live courses offer the opportunity to learn directly from industry specialists. Live webcasts can be attended from anywhere with an internet connection, and

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EduMine’s Upcoming Courses – August 2014

We are back with two popular webcasts this month! Our Spanish speaking audience will be pleased to see Establecer y mantener una licencia social para operar en minería being held again, August 12-14. And, for the third time this year, our most popular course is back; Scott Dunbar’s Mining 101 webcast will run August 26-28. In the coming weeks, we will be finalizing our fall program. Take a look at what’s currently scheduled and let us know if there’s a topic you need which is

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A Cost-Benefit Comparison of Different Formats for Training in Mining

This cost-benefit comparison of short course, live webcast and online course formats for training in mining looks primarily at (1) minimizing the cost of training and, (2) minimizing workplace disruption. There are obviously other benefits that could be included in a comparison, such as achievement of training objectives, trainee engagement (including peer review and networking), and convenience of access. However, these have been dealt with extensively elsewhere (Houlding 2014), (Allen and Seaman 2013), (Houlding 2014). In summary, it is generally recognized that online courses produce

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