Project Vision

Improve safety, productivity, and leadership skills for mine supervisors through interactive, accessible online training.

Project Mission

Design and develop systematic and effective online training for mine supervisors, utilizing Job Task Analyses provided by the Mine Safety and Health Administration in cooperation with the U.S. Navy, and supported by state-of-the-art instructional design principles, processes, and learning technologies.

Immersion MSHA Project Statement of Work

There is an urgent need for supervisor training in the nation's coal mining industry. A large percentage of the current supervisory workforce is nearing retirement, which will leave the industry with a critical shortage of trained supervisors. Mine supervisors are the key individuals in maintaining a mine's safety and health program. Additionally, the growing need for energy and the inherent hazards in the industry make mine supervisors essential for ensuring future coal supplies. Currently mine supervisory training lacks comprehensiveness and does not adequately address the complexity of supervisory tasks.

The overall goal of this project is to develop a systematic and effective training strategy and course lessons for mine supervisors based on state-of-the-art instructional design principles, processes, and learning technologies. Specifically, the goal of this project is to examine the extensive and validated mine supervisor Job Task Analysis (JTA) developed by the Mine Safety and Heath Administration (MSHA) in cooperation with the U.S. Navy, and transition this JTA to an effective and efficient training strategy and course lessons for mine supervisors. To achieve this goal, Dr. Nada Dabbagh and a team of 5 graduate students in the Instructional Technology Immersion program at George Mason University (GMU) will build on the work completed during the 2005-2006 academic year which included the following:

  1. Conducting a comprehensive performance and needs analysis of the current state of mine supervisor training.
  2. Conducting a task analysis of the JTA to determine the cognitive domain type and level of the supervisory tasks.
  3. Developing an appropriate training strategy and delivery approach for supervisory tasks.
  4. Developing a training prototype that models this strategy.

Project tasks and deliverables for the 2006-2007 academic year will include the following:

  1. The development of 6 course lessons with learning outcomes/objectives and assessments representative of all job steps as defined by the generic JTA to allow a Mine Supervisor to demonstrate academic proficiency for certification purposes.
  2. The six course lessons will include Duty 6 (Arrive on Section), Duty 8 (Conduct On-Shift Examination), Duty 9 (Conduct Pre-Shift Examination), Duty 10 (End Shift), Duty 11 (Emergency and Unusual Situations), and Duty 12 (Training Responsibilities).
  3. The development of the 6 course lessons will utilize the duty specific JTA developed during 2005-2006 and will be contingent on the acquisition of appropriate lesson content related to those duties. Hence additional task analysis may be needed to ensure the comprehensiveness of each duty. This task analysis will require meetings with SMEs and access to training content.
  4. Provide a timeline (semester-based) with milestones and deliverables (course lessons) that will be developed, tested, and validated) during each semester.
  5. GMU students will utilize a state-of-art Learning Content Management System (LCMS) tools known as "Workforce Connections" to create, manage, test, validate, and deliver the course lessons to the representative population (test class) of Mine Supervisor students.
  6. A Workforce Connections instance will be provided for GMU student use by MSHA in support of the development of the curriculum objects representative of the Mine Supervisor course (6 lessons).
  7. Workforce Connections training, initial and on an as needed basis will be available to support the GMU students.
  8. The Mine Supervisor prototype presentation layer (look and feel) will comply 100% with all Americans with Disabilities Act, Section 508 conventions as required by OMB.
  9. All curriculum objects developed representative of the Mine Supervisor training will include the required metadata tags to achieve SCORM 2004 compliance.
  10. All instructional strategies, Terminal Learning Objectives (TLO) and the Enabling Learning Objectives (ELO) will be cross referenced in a separate matrix with the assessment strategies and individual test items to effectively validate proposed instructional approaches.

It is envisioned that the eventual full-scale implementation of this course of training will result in improved mine productivity; reduction of maintenance costs; and an improved safety record of the nation's mines.


Statement of Work (Word Document)


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