Tuesday, 10 October 2017

e-Learning in the Mining Industry

The mining industry is a major contributor to Canada’s economy, responsible for almost 5% of the GDP and 19% of the country’s exports. With a presence in virtually every province or territory, Canada is now one of the largest mining nations in the world, producing more than 60 minerals and metals; the industry has one of the best safety records in the nation. Over 350,000 Canadians are employed in the mining industry and related industries. The mining industry’s goal is sustainability, minimizing the impact of mining operations on the environment.
Since miners operate in remote locations, it is both difficult and expensive for personnel to access traditional training methods. E-learning provides a solution as each employee can work through educational materials at their own pace and focus on their own specific training needs, gaining the competencies required by their job description. E-learning offers economy of scale with the ability to train any number of employees. Education providers utilize technology to offer competency-based programs and training to workers in potentially hazardous industries such as mining. Programs offer interactive content that provides effective training.

Sharable Content Object Reference Model

Initially developed by the Office of the United States Secretary of Defense, the Sharable Content Object Reference Model (SCORM) is now an industry standard file format for e-learning solutions, ensuring that online course content and learning management systems can interact successfully and training materials can be shared across systems.

Competency Development and Management

Our implementation of the Competency Management and Development System (CMDS) includes features for self-assessment and third-party validation of occupational knowledge and skills. The system is used to manage a comprehensive database of task-related competencies that are used to create job positions and profiles. Employees and contractors can access predetermined competencies for their individual jobs and then evaluate their own training, prior knowledge and experience to determine whether they need further training. Competencies can be developed by workers in the oil and gas industry to reflect the work they actually do. Both technical (hard) skills and soft skills can be developed. An extensive knowledge base allows for easy access to training resources online. Approximately 5,000 employees in almost 100 energy companies across Canada now use this system for their training and professional development needs.

How Shift iQ Can Help

Learning management systems can use e-learning to fulfill training needs and assess and validate technical skills and appropriate certification. Shift iQ’s competency-based, SCORM compliant learning management system is the quickest and easiest way to develop and deliver training programs. It offers everything for your organization’s training and assessment needs including, among other features: knowledge- and skills-based assessment, certification and competency tracking, certification eligibility assessment, multilingual support and SCORM-compliant import and export. Results can be instantly analyzed through reports that provide up-to-the-minute feedback tied directly to your organization’s objectives.

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