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Development Of A Web Based Course In Miner Safety Training

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2009 Annual Conference & Exposition


Austin, Texas

Publication Date

June 14, 2009

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June 14, 2009

End Date

June 17, 2009



Conference Session

Distance and Web-Based Learning in Engineering Technology: Part II

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Engineering Technology

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14.474.1 - 14.474.11



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Bruce Mutter Bluefield State College

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Development of a Web-Based Course in Miner Safety Training Abstract

This paper highlights the work at a Center for Applied Research and Technology (CART) at a small college to develop a web-based miner safety course in our Mining Engineering Technology (MIET) program that continues to meet the quality standards in the industry. Capitalizing on the initial success of our web-delivered courses in the School of Engineering Technology and Computer Science (SET) delivered through the CART Course Management System (CMS), this work describes the research process used to measure our capability to provide an online version of this training. Mid-career professionals interested in completing certification requirements without having to attend on-campus classes represent a new program target. The program will continue to conform to our curriculum requirements ensuring the quality of any on-line MIET courses.

The paper will address the development of this new delivery method. The curriculum will be designed to operate in an interactive web-based environment for submission of coursework; concept diagrams, drawings, reports, and assorted forms. Class discussions, conferencing, forums and real-time project reviews will utilize current “chat-room” technology and newly emerging conference software applications. Testing opportunities will be devised through models similarly employed by our own CART CMS allowing online mine site vignettes and projects.

Finally, the research will analyze the hardware needs required by the institution for the delivery of the program and by students taking the individual courses. Cost analysis will include the cost of delivery of the program, individual courses, and impacts on faculty resources. Research will examine development of marketing strategies and propose market pricing for tuition and fees required by the program.

1. Introduction

The CART Course Management System (CMS) was developed by the Center for Applied Research & Technology, Inc. established on 28 July 1998 to enhance the competitive position of the college for applied research opportunities in the current environment for research and development; promote the general economic development of the region; expedite and simplify the acquisition and utilization of research contracts; improve technology transfer; and link applied scientific research and technological advancements to economic development of the State.

The Mining Engineering Technology (MIET) baccalaureate program has been a serving the mining industry profession at the college since 1972. A bachelor’s degree in mining engineering technology will qualify the graduate for mining industry entry positions in production, construction, preparation, equipment sales, and environmental controls and in assisting mining engineers. After experience in industry, career paths are possible for positions as executives, managers and entrepreneurs.

Mutter, B. (2009, June), Development Of A Web Based Course In Miner Safety Training Paper presented at 2009 Annual Conference & Exposition, Austin, Texas. 10.18260/1-2--5522

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