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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.

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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EduMine’s Upcoming Courses – July 2014

Due to the planning phase of our fall program there are no short courses or webcasts scheduled for this month. But it’s only a short break as we will be back with new and rescheduled topics in August. In the meantime, take a sneak-peek at our upcoming courses. When you can’t attend a course in person, there are options to keep up with your professional development! It’s the perfect time to take one of EduMine’s many online courses – whether it’s at the mine site,

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Prepare for the Growing Shortage of Qualified Managers in Mining

The mining industry has a growing management crisis. A lack of skilled professionals and a rapidly aging workforce make it difficult for companies to fill vacant roles with qualified candidates, threatening short and long-term growth prospects. There just aren’t enough mining professionals with 10 to 15 years of mining experience to take-over from retiring baby boomers in management positions! New Management Certificate Programs provide a solution by offering online training that supports your accelerated growth and development along clearly defined career progression paths. Management Certificate

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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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Career-Driven Professional Development is a Key Strategy for Employee Retention

Lifelong learning is an accepted feature of a mining career in today’s world. Long gone are the days when an initial degree was all the qualification you needed to set yourself up for life. Whether you are working towards your CPD (Continuing Professional Development) requirement, or preparing yourself for promotion, or cross-training for a career change, or simply learning a new technology or skill to remain competitive, lifelong learning in the form of professional development is now a fact of life. Professional development may be

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EduMine’s Upcoming Courses – June 2014

Have you started a new position as operator or know of finance/HR personnel who need an overall understanding of a typical copper/gold mineral processing circuit? Do you need to reduce maintenance costs, risks and want to shift from reactive to proactive approaches in managing and operating equipment and systems? Has your mine staff the tools required to effectively gather geotechnical data for rock mass classification and rock mechanics design calculations? This month covers all of the above and more! Take a look at these upcoming

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A New Style of Course for Rapid Entry to the World of Mining

Most learning and training is concerned with method and process and is designed to teach you the How and Why of a certain aspect of mining. 360 Mining is a new style of course that teaches you the Who, What, Where and When of the global mining scene. This is a course that rapidly brings you up to date with what is current, topical, relevant and important in terms of mining companies, people, financing, commodities, countries, equipment, regulations, hazards and more. For example … Do

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EduMine’s Upcoming Courses – May 2014

This month offers two great courses you should take a look at: Mining 101 Live Webcast | 6 – 8 May 2014 Are you new to mining and need to understand the industry beyond your current scope of work? Are you trying to connect with the mining industry and need to speak mining? Then don’t miss this fast-track introduction to the World of Mining! Everyone, except mining engineers, who needs a broad understanding of the mining industry without the technical details should attend this course;

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Online Knowledge and Information Resources for Mining

Learning and training objectives are not simply about the accepted learning outcomes of remembering, understanding, applying, analyzing, evaluating and creating. A key part of post-secondary education is concerned with teaching us how and where to find and evaluate information we might need at any stage of our careers. We do not have to remember every item of information needed to manage a mining operation, but we do need to know where to find that information quickly when we need it, how to retrieve it, and

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A Taxonomy of Outcomes for Learning and Training in Mining

You cannot force fit learning or training content into any learning technology. The appropriate technology will depend on the subject matter or topic being taught and the required learning outcomes. The following taxonomy of learning outcomes is relevant and is adapted from Applying Bloom’s Taxonomy to Learning Technologies (Hoffman(2013))…

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