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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.

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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Blended Learning Benefits Truck Operator Training at Suncor

Too often, haul truck operator trainees don’t retain enough of the knowledge they learn during training. That can lead to longer on-boarding cycles, lower productivity and potential safety problems in the mine. Blended learning – providing training via multiple modalities using a highly structured, building-block approach – shows a lot of promise in addressing this challenge (see Blended Learning: A More Effective Model for Haul Truck Operator Training by Chuck Frey of VISTA Training). Training challenges facing mines Computer-based training alone is not an effective

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Training for mining has moved to a new level

The mining campus just became a lot smarter, with expanded training content that covers the mining workforce and delivery by an LMS platform designed for mining. As well as recently adding 10 new online courses and updating another 6 from its library of professional development and training courses, EduMine is now collaborating with other providers on a broad range of mine training applications to greatly increase its ability to address content and technology requirements for the entire mining workforce. EduMine and VISTA Training EduMine is

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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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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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Is Your Skillset Ready for an Industry Turnaround?

There are indications in the media that the beginnings of an industry turnaround may be over the horizon. For example … Miners spending again: $50 billion capex in five months CAT sales latest sign of mining improvement Iron ore price leaps to 10-month high Now is the time to review your skillset with a view to positioning yourself to take maximum advantage of the coming turnaround. Keep in mind that the recession has been so long that many in the industry have found jobs elsewhere

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CIM Partners with SME and EduMine to Provide High Quality Professional Development for Members

Montreal, Quebec, April 28, 2016: The Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (CIM) is very proud to announce that it is partnering with EduMine – a leading provider of online training and education to the mining industry – in the roll-out of a premiere online professional development program to be offered to its members through a dedicated CIM “campus.” “During our strategic outreach there was a very clear ask from the CIM membership for high-quality professional development courses, especially those that enable online participation,”

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You Can Earn More as a Miner but You Need to Specialize!

There have been several instances of salary surveys showing miners earn more than the average in related industries. The article Here’s how much Canadian miners are currently making is just the latest example. But why is this? Why do miners consistently earn more than their colleagues in forestry, manufacturing, finance and construction? The answer lies largely in specialization. Mining is a complex industry that demands a range of specialized multi-disciplinary skills in addition to basic engineering, such as ventilation, rock mechanics, metallurgy, mine planning, resource

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Your Resource Estimation May be Fundamentally Flawed Without a Good Geological Model

Resource estimation is a compilation of data collection and analysis, geological interpretation and geostatistical estimation. The process is expertly summarized in a recent article by Erik Ronald, Is your Mineral Resource or Reservoir Model Fundamentally Flawed? – The Importance of Domaining and Stationarity to Geologists. Stationarity of our data and the influence of geology on the distribution of grades are key underlying concepts of this process. The semi-variogram is the principle analytical tool for establishing whether or not our data posesses stationarity. Stationarity assumes the

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