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Web-based training comes of age: An affordable, efficient solution for mine training

Updated: Mar 11

Web-based training has matured to the point where it offers mines a compelling, affordable way to deliver basic training to new hires and experienced equipment operators.

Sophisticated training tools Far more than just CD- or DVD-based videos converted for online delivery, which was the norm a few years ago, today's web-based training programs are sophisticated training tools that can incorporate a large variety of media, including:

  1. Images

  2. Diagrams

  3. Animations

  4. Scenario-based learning

  5. Branching of learning content

  6. Video clips

  7. Pre-tests to assess trainees' knowledge prior to the course

  8. Post-tests, which measure how much trainees have learned In addition, web-based training programs can be integrated with a learning management system (LMS), which enables trainers to manage courses and trainees, and maintain training records for them. In short, web-based training programs have evolved to the point where mines can benefit from their unique advantages - including reduced cost compared to instructor-led training and DVD-based training programs.

10 web-based training advantages Here are 10 compelling advantages of delivering operator training via the web: 1. Consistency: Well-designed web-based training programs can provide your new hires with basic knowledge of the types of equipment used at your mine and safety issues they need to be aware of. 2. Affordable deployment: If your mining company has multiple locations, you can deploy one set of programs to all of them from one web-based LMS - software that resides on a web server and manages courses, students and training records. 3. Easy to implement: The courses are already set up. All you need to do is add your trainees to the database. Then you can start training. Because the LMS and the training courses are hosted on the web, all you need is a computer with a high-speed internet connection and a web browser to begin training your people. 4. Self-paced: Trainees can learn any time, anywhere there's a computer with a high-speed interneet connection. No more waiting to schedule a training room and an instructor for each course. 5. Improved recordkeeping: Web-based training programs, when used with an LMS, enable you to replace paper recordkeeping with centralized electronic records that can be searched in seconds and can produce reports that give you an up-to-the-minute look at the status of your trainees. 6. Time savings: Self-paced web-based training programs free up time for trainer to focus on higher value-added activities. No, they don't replace instructors. Rather, well-designed web-based courses provide new hires with a level set of basic equipment and safety knowledge, which instructors and field trainers can then build upon. 7. Improved knowledge retention: A number of studies prove that trainees who learn via multimedia web-based training programs tend to retain more knowledge than those who were trained by instructors. Web-based training modules can also be completed in less time than the typical instructor-led class. That means you can get more done in less time, and make better use of your instructors. 8. Testing, testing: Built-in pre- and post-tests assess what trainees know. On the LMS, you can easily designate specific course as prerequisites, which means trainees must pass them before moving on to more sophisticated lessons. 9. Enhanced coaching opportunities: Using standard reports from the LMS, trainers can print out test results for each student, which not only show their scores, but which questions they answered wrong. This enables trainers to provide one-on-one coaching with each student, to correct their understanding of key tasks and procedures. 10. Kids these days - they always got their noses in a screen: Online training is attractive to younger hires, who are very comfortable with e-learning, and will view your mine as being more progressive if you offer it to them. Now that you can see a full picture of the benefits web-based training can offer to your mine, why not take a closer look at what's available and how it could fit with your operations? VISTA produces the Silver Series of web-based training programs, which help trainees to learn critical skills needed to operate heavy equipment safely and productively in mines. Twenty programs cover all types of production equipment used in surface mining, plus support equipment and lifting and rigging. Click here to explore our online learning courses. Contact us for more details about the affordable, effective Silver Series.

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