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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.

EduMine’s Mariana Reinoso Achieves a Master of Educational Technology

Mariana Reinoso has been Manager of Educational Media for EduMine for eight years. She recently completed the requirements for the Master of Educational Technology program at the University of British Columbia and graduated on May 25. Congratulations Mariana! The Master of Educational Technology is a fully online program offered by the Faculty of Education at the University of British Columbia. The MET curriculum offers a holistic perspective on issues that impact the successful planning, development and delivery of e-learning. MET graduates: develop leadership capacities for

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EduMine Rankings and Demographics for 2016

The following rankings and demographics are based on records and analytics from 2016. Audience: 236,000 unique visitors. Top 10 countries by visitor statistics … Canada: 17% (15% in 2015) United States: 13% (14% in 2015) India: 6% (5% in 2015) United Kingdom: 6% (4% in 2015) South Africa: 5% (6% in 2015) Australia: 5% (5% in 2015) Brazil: 3% (3% in 2015) Peru: 3% (4% in 2015) Mexico: 3% (3% in 2015) Chile: 2% (3% in 2015) Age: 61% of EduMine visitors are less than

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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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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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Projected Worker Shortages will Increase the Requirement for On-Demand Training

There are early signs that the industry is turning around as commodity prices rebound and back-burner projects are reactivated. The Canadian Mining Labour Market Outlook 2016 by the Mining Industry Human Resources Council (MiHR) has forecast a cumulative hiring requirement of 127,000 workers in a growth scenario for the Canadian mining industry over the next 10 years. This figure includes layoffs and lack of recruitment over the five-year recession as well as anticipated retirements. Where are we going to find these workers? The short answer

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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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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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