Professional Development

Lynda.com UBC pilot extended for 2014/15 year

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UBC Human Resources and the Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology (CTLT) are pleased to announce an extension to the pilot of lynda.com resources to UBC faculty and staff. This service is available to all UBC faculty and staff between April 1, 2014, and March 31, 2015, at no additional charge to UBC employees.

Learn more and register at http://lynda.ubc.ca/.

Lynda.com is an online collection of instructional videos designed to provide just-in-time training in a variety of areas, including software skills development, learning technology tools, and professional business practices. The UBC Strategic Plan, Place and Promise, outlines UBC’s commitment to the creation of exceptional environments that support student learning. Lynda.com’s resources can help faculty and staff work towards achieving this goal.

These resources will be particularly useful to faculty who want to incorporate technology into the classroom, refresh or learn new skills, transform their course, or prepare a proposal for a future Flexible Learning Call for Proposals. The expanded access for staff will support the availability of accessible, timely, work-related learning opportunities to enhance performance and career development.

 

 

PD Funding: 2013/14 Year Ends March 31; 2014/15 Year Begins April 1

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Current 2013/14 PD Funding Submission Deadline is March 31, 2014

All Staff PD Funds, with the exception of the M&P PD Fund, are currently open and accepting completed PD expense claims for the current funding year until noon on Monday, March 31, 2014. All eligible claims received after the deadline will be considered under the new 2014-2015 funding year.

New PD Funding Year 2014/15 Opens April 1, 2014

As of April 1, 2014, the PD Funds for the M&P, CUPE 2950, Executive Administrative, Non-Union TRA, and Research Associate groups will accept  PD expense claims eligible for the for the new funding year (April 1, 2014, to March 31, 2015).  Staff should review the applicable guidelines prior to claim submission.

HR to Administer the Research Associates Travel and PD Fund

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Since inception, the Research Associates Travel and Professional Development Fund has been managed by the Office of the Vice President Research and International. Effective April 1, 2014, the administration of this program will move to the Human Resources Portfolio.

The purpose and overall administration of this fund will remain, for the most part, the same. Funds will still be administered, at this time, by Journal Voucher transfer to a Research Associate’s home department.  However,  as of April 1, 2014,  applications for reimbursement will be accepted on an ongoing basis throughout the year rather than two submission periods during the year.

The Office of the Vice President Research and International will be distributing a memo from John Hepburn, VP Research and International,  to communicate details of this change to all Research Associates and Department Heads.

All applicable information related to the administration of the Research Associates Travel and PD Fund is now available on the Human Resources website at  www.hr.ubc.ca/learning-development/funding/research-associates/.

If there are any questions regarding the Research Associates  PD Fund or program changes, please contact Peter Godman, Organizational Development & Learning Consultant at peter.godman@ubc.ca , or Susanna Mulligan, PD Funds Manager  at susanna.mulligan@ubc.ca.

 

 

Staff Professional Development Funds – Updates for New 2014-2015 Funding Year

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In this update:

  • Reminder: Current 2013-2014 PD Funding Submission Deadline is March 31, 2014
  • Update: New  PD Funding Year Starts April 1, 2014
  • Update: No Change to Individual Funding  Limits for New 2014-2015 Fund Year
  • New: Elimination of HR Pre-approval Step for  CUPE 2950 –  JSTP Funding Requests
  • Update: Online Payment Tool – Professional Development Funding

Note: The following updates apply to the professional development funds administered by UBC Human Resources and are applicable to staff in the following employee groups: Management & Professional, Non Union Technicians & Research Assistants, CUPE 2950 and Executive Administrative.

Reminder: Current 2013-2014 PD Funding Submission Deadline is March 31, 2014

All Staff PD Funds noted above, with the exception of the M&P PD Fund, are currently open and accepting completed PD expense claims for the current funding year until noon on Monday, March 31, 2014. Any eligible claims received after the deadline will be considered under the new 2014-2015 funding year.

Update: New PD Funding Year Starts April 1, 2014

As of April 1, 2014, the PD Funds for the M&P, CUPE 2950, Executive Administrative, and Non- Union TRA employee groups will accept  PD expense claims eligible for the for the new funding year (April 1, 2014, to March 31, 2015).  Staff should review the applicable guidelines prior to claim submission.

Update: No Change to Individual Funding Limits or First Come First Served Access to Funds

Every year, HR reviews the individual funding upper limit for each PD Fund. This is done in coordination with the executive of CUPE 2950 and AAPS, where applicable. For the new 2014-2015 fund year, there are no planned changes to currently established individual funding limits. All funds will continue to accept PD claims on a first come, first served basis, until end of fund year or overall fund exhaustion.

Summary of PD Individual Funding Limits:

New: Elimination of HR pre-approval step for CUPE 2950-JSTP funding requests 

Effective April 1, 2014, in an effort to simplify and streamline CUPE 2950 staff access to the JSTP funding, HR will no longer request  staff in the CUPE 2950 employment group to  submit a funding request for  central HR review and wait for notice of  pre-approval prior to PD activity purchase.

Instead, once an upfront PD purchase has been made, staff members are requested to complete a PD Expense claim form, attach receipts, and submit to HR for reimbursement.   Staff should continue to track their JSTP balance, review the JSTP guidelines in advance, and seek manager approval prior to PD activity purchase.

Staff and managers are welcome to informally contact HR PD staff by email or phone for confirmation of current funding balance or eligibility status prior to making any PD related purchase.  PD staff contract details are available on the Human Resources JSTP funding  webpage.

This change brings the CUPE 2950 staff PD reimbursement  process  in line with all other HR administered  PD Funds.

Update: Online Payment Tool – Professional Development Funding

We continue to work towards implementing an online reimbursement process for centrally administered PD funds, as part of the University’s Purchase and Payment Simplification Program. We will keep you advised about the pilot launch of this program for PD fund reimbursement.

Please feel free to contact Susanna Mulligan, PD Funding Programs Manager, UBC Human Resources, if you have any questions.

Lynda.com online learning resources available to all UBC staff and faculty

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UBC Human Resources and the Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology (CTLT) are hosting a five-month pilot of lynda.com resources at UBC. This service is available  to all UBC employees with a staff or faculty appointment, between Nov. 1, 2013, and March 31, 2014, at no additional charge to UBC employees.

Learn more and register at http://lynda.ubc.ca/.

We encourage all staff at UBC  to consider incorporating these flexible learning resources as part of their professional development,  to complement in-person learning opportunities.

We also ask that you share this information with the faculty and staff in your unit.  These resources will be particularly useful to faculty who want to incorporate technology into the classroom, refresh or learn new skills, transform their course, or prepare a proposal for a future Flexible Learning Call for Proposals. The expanded access for staff supports the availability of accessible, timely, work-related learning opportunities to enhance performance and career development.

Place and Promise outlines UBC’s commitment to the creation of exceptional environments that support student learning.  Lynda.com‘s resources can help faculty and staff work towards achieving this goal.