Delegates representing a variety of disciplines, ages, nationalities (including four different continents) and experience were all challenged to engage with process mineralogy from a ‘new perspective’ on the CPD Process Mineralogy short course from 24-27 November 2015. In the delegates’ own words, they described the course as: ‘encouraging learning’, ‘being stretched out of my comfort zone’, ‘the importance of team work’,‘real learning in practical applications’ and ‘a privilege to be part of’.
The course is a unique problem-based learning experience facilitated by Dr Megan Becker and Professor Dee Bradshaw. The course includes various interactive discussions; physical identification of rocks and minerals; working with, reporting, and presenting process mineralogy data; in addition to traditional lectures. The course culminated in a final session facilitated by Adj/Prof Robert Schouwstra, on ‘Where to now, armed with process mineralogy?