CIM has a long history of providing professional development opportunities to its members, with conferences, McGill University seminars, papers, presentations and proceedings available online on both the CIM Technical Library and OneMine. This fall, CIM is taking professional development to another level with three new offerings: CIM Academy, the launch of a regular webinar series and a selection of smaller, niche-topic symposia.
What is CIM Academy?
It is all about learning – whenever and wherever it suits you. CIM Academy, much like a media library, is an online repertoire of technical presentations recorded at various CIM conferences and edited for online viewing. It is designed to help professionals accommodate learning within their busy and varied schedules, business travel and family obligations.
The CIM Academy will provide content on a responsive, user-friendly learning platform, where webcasts are simple to access and where users can receive a completion certificate at the end of each presentation.
Over the next year, the CIM Societies will be making their content available on CIM Academy, starting with the Metallurgy and Materials Society. This collaboration will make the platform a one-stop learning centre.
The CIM Webinar Series
This fall marks the launch of CIM’s monthly webinar series. Each 20-minute presentation features a speaker exploring a topic relevant to his or her area of expertise. For example, our first webinar, “A Complete Historical Database of Mining in Canada” presented by Donna Beneteau and Sarina Gersher, is about their project to collate all the scattered mining operations information dating back to the 1700s into a digital database. The goal is to have an interactive mapping interface that can be searched by location, commodities and years of production.
All of the webinars in the series will be recorded and available for viewing on CIM Academy. Visit the Professional Development section of the CIM website or check out the CIM Community newsletter for details on the schedule and topics.
Many professionals within CIM require very niche content. Narrow-focus conferences allow professionals to meet and exchange with their peers, and walk away with new contacts and knowledge.
At CIM we have identified several topics that can be developed into short, one-stream conferences – including keynotes. November’s Shaft Design & Construction Conference is a perfect example. And we’re already planning Hoist & Haul 2020 for next August. These symposia will be designed to bring a few hundred people together for focused learning and knowledge sharing. Watch for upcoming events on the CIM website, in CIM Magazine, and on our social media channels.
While this suite of professional development tools are a benefit of CIM membership, non-members are also welcome to purchase access to them.