The Future of Technical Training in Geosciences and Engineering

June 8, 2022 — 12:45-2:00 p.m.

Geoscience and engineering workforces are required by professional associations and the public to maintain their competency through formal and informal training. In addition, the ever-changing emerging technologies in the industry and demand for higher-efficiency workflows at lower cost require geologists, geophysicists, and engineers to develop multidisciplinary skills.

The use of emerging digital technologies in learning has launched an era of unparalleled opportunity in the educational space, and the COVID-19 pandemic and remote work expedited the adoption of such technologies drastically. In fact, as of early March 2020, roughly 50 per cent of in-person training programs had been cancelled in North America. In parts of Asia and Europe, the figure was closer to 100 per cent according to a 2020 survey by McKinsey & Company.

Though digital methods for training are deemed to be necessary to future-proof technical training for professionals, a more important question is whether these methods are effective. To get a better sense of this subject, first the fundamentals of how humans learn and retain information need to be understood. In this presentation, Dr. Ellie Ardakani, P.Geo., will explore the principles of effective learning and how organizations can increase their return on training investment with the implementation of new digital technologies that enable their workforces to take charge of their own training.

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