GIA launches Gem Identification on eLearning

Videos & practical tips guide students through identification process.

The Gemological Institute of America (GIA) has added Gem Identification to its roster of eLearning courses in the Institute’s Web-based Distance Education program.

The practical videos will act as a type of student proxy for Gem Identification, which with the most assignments and 500 gemstones to examine, has a reputation of being the most challenging course in the G.G. program.

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Students will see someone examine a stone similar to the one they will be looking at, who uses the same tools they will be using, and who shows them what they need to look for. This aims to help them work through the 500 gemstones – 20 sets of 25 stones – required to complete the course.

GIA course development director Duncay Pay claimed the eLearning version will be a fascinating and helpful journey through the world of gemstone identification.

Pay said: “There is a whole new dimension to Gem Identification. The content is more interactive and you see so much more. You read about how to use a refractometer, for instance, and then watch how to do it. It’s almost like looking over your instructor’s shoulder before you try to use one on your own.”

The videos in Gem Identification will be in a larger format than ones in other eLearning courses, in order to aid students to see the features of the stones.

“It’s not just the color,” Pay added. “You can see the texture, the quality of luster and the inclusions. The videos are like guided tours through all of the types of stones you look at so you can see what’s important.”

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