Professional Development

Taking Advantage of Professional Development Opportunities

CBO Office Manager Adeline Lalanne was recognized for being the first to complete one of ULearn’s new learning curriculum by Greg Brenner, left, executive director for Talent and Organizational Development, and her supervisor, Nadia Castaing, right.

CBO Office Manager Adeline Lalanne, center, is recognized for being the first to complete one of ULearn’s new learning curriculum by Greg Brenner, left, executive director for Talent and Organizational Development, and her supervisor, Nadia Castaing, right.

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CORAL GABLES, Fla. (November 22, 2017)—University employees have accessed more than 2,300 courses, certifications, and books since Talent and Organizational Development, in collaboration with University of Miami Information Technology, rolled out new professional development opportunities in ULearn two weeks ago.

The expanded ULearn offerings give all University faculty, staff, and student employees access to thousands of online professional development options that fit their unique needs, interests, and schedules. New “bite-sized” content—short but impactful instruction on a variety of subjects—was particularly helpful to Adeline Lalanne, office manager for the Central Business Office, who was the first UM employee to complete one of the new courses.

“The format and style of the new modules make it easy for leaders and staff to acquire skills that are easily transferable to their daily activities with minimal downtime,” Lalanne said. “From watching the video, I learned all the steps needed from conception to implementation to successfully manage my project. The new resources available in ULearn will make it easier to enhance my skills and do my job more effectively and efficiently.”

Employees also have access to curated, featured training on a variety of helpful topics that will change periodically to spotlight new courses and curriculum. Current trainings include: First Time Manager Essentials, Microsoft Excel, Project Management, Working with Difficult People, and Navigating through Change.

Greg Brenner, executive director of Talent and Organizational Development, said professional development opportunities were expanded in response to the feedback faculty and staff provided on the Gallup Engagement Survey and to UM President Julio Frenk during the “one action” small-group conversations he held across the University following the survey.

“Fostering continuous learning is essential for advancing our organization,” Brenner said. “By offering our employees the ability to learn when they need it, we are encouraging them to be an active participant in expanding their knowledge and skills.”

Click here to join an upcoming live webinar and learn more about new professional development opportunities, or contact Talent and Organizational Development by visiting miami.edu/learn or emailing tod@miami.edu.




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Get Creative at the Adobe Spark Workshop

As of August 2017, the University of Miami became Florida’s first Adobe Creative Campus. UM now provides full, free access to Adobe Creative Cloud for all UM faculty, students, and staff. To kick off this exciting new partnership with Adobe, University of Miami Libraries will host two workshop sessions on Thursday, December 7,  featuring Patrick Koster, Adobe senior customer success manager, and Ben Forta, Adobe senior director for education initiatives.

Koster will start the sessions by introducing the desktop and mobile applications, web services, and learning resources that are included within Adobe Creative Cloud. Next, Forta will guide a hands-on session in which faculty and staff will have the opportunity to transform their ideas into visually stunning stories using Adobe Spark—the easiest and quickest way to get started in creating impactful graphics, web pages, and video stories. To conclude the workshop, all attendees will be invited to participate in an open discussion about how these projects could enhance teaching and learning.

No RSVP or advanced sign-in is required to show up for one of these two sessions:

Morning Session

Richter Library Literacy Lab –RM 344

9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Afternoon Session

Richter Library Literacy Lab – RM 344

1  to 4 p.m.

Important Note: You will need to bring your laptop or iOS device (preferably an iPad) to participate in the Adobe Spark portion of the workshop.

Please contact academictechnologies@miami.edu with any questions about the workshop.

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Looking for the 10th Class of Essential Leaders


Learn. Inspire. Grow

EOL Promotion 1A transformational university needs inspiring leaders. The Essentials of Leadership Program provides University leaders with the opportunities, resources, tools and support to ensure a successful developmental journey.

Since its inception three years ago, a total of 444 leaders have successfully graduated from nine sessions of the program. The Essentials of Leadership Program is designed to advance participant’s development through interactive modules, leadership discussions, individual assessments, experiential learning activities, networking and coaching.

Upon successful completion, leaders would have completed their Individual Leadership Development Plan and will have the tools and foundational knowledge essential to deliver excellence through others, advocate change, and deliver results.

Recommendations for Series 10 will be accepted until January 10, 2018. Visit the Talent and Organizational Development website for more information about the Essentials of Leadership Program and its upcoming series dates.

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Help Improve TALK for Success

The Office of Workplace Equity and Performance is asking employees to take a short, anonymous survey on their experiences with TALK for Success,  the University’s new permanence review process. Results from the survey will help the Office of Workplace Equity and Performance make adjustments and changes to improve TALK for Success, which launched in February.

Through a University-wide survey and focus groups, the University community provided similar feedback when the University began the process of  redesigning performance reviews  in September 2015. That feedback was critical to the development of TALK for Success, which gives managers and staff the opportunity to have TALK sessions and document their discussions in Workday.  As a reminder, the process is currently available for supervisors and employees to have a TALK session anytime during FY18.

Please take a few minutes and complete the survey at https://umiami.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_3OXRW7p2XkEgcBL and help the  Office of Workplace Equity and Performance make adjustments and changes for improving TALK for Success.

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Experience ULearn’s Expanded Professional Development Opportunities

New ULearn Homepage

Search. Click. Learn.
The new ULearn, which will transform the learning experience for employees, debuts on Monday, November 13, with a new, learner-friendly homepage, easy navigation buttons, and easy-to-use search capabilities.

Along with these improvements, Talent and Organizational Development, in collaboration with UMIT, are introducing an expanded library of professional development offerings to include online courses, live events, certifications, books, and videos developed by Skillsoft, an innovative leader in eLearning and professional development resources.

The expanded catalog supplements the University’s existing professional development offerings by enabling employees to engage in development activities that meet their unique needs and schedules—anytime, day or night from their PC, laptop or tablet.

Visit the new ULearn to find:

 Online Courses
Over 2,000 online courses are now available in communications, customer service, process improvement, marketing, finance, accounting, project management, and more.

Books and Videos
More than 100,000 books and videos from top authors, thought leaders, and executives are available on many topics, including time management, influence, leadership, well-being, change, innovation.

Courses in project management, human resources, information technology, and many other subjects are available to prepare you for professional certification exams.

Live Events
Tune in to live and interactive business and leadership presentations featuring sought-after thought leaders, including Amy Cuddy, David Marquet, Daniel Pink, Liz Wiseman, and many others.

To Start Learning:

  • Visit ulearn.miami.edu. Once you’ve logged in, you may:
    • Use the main Search box (at top of the screen) or click “Browse Training by Subject”
    • Click “Certifications” or “Books & Live Events” buttons

For more information on the expansion of professional development offerings, please contact Talent and Organizational Development at TOD@miami.edu or 305-243-3090.


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