Professional Development at UBC

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In Person Workshops & Anytime Online Courses

Professional Development Workshops are available to support the ongoing learning needs of UBC employees by providing a range of UBC specific job-related personal and professional skills training. These in-person, at-cost professional development workshops are geared to enhance and improve your effectiveness at work, as well as to support your career and personal development.

Here we also feature ‘anytime’ online courses available through Lynda.com. Lynda.com helps anyone learn tech, creative, and workplace business skills to achieve their personal and professional goals.

Discover our upcoming professional development learning opportunities & online courses by:

  1. Exploring upcoming professional development workshop offerings (below).
  2. Reviewing the Professional Development Workshop Registration Guidelines
  3. Visiting Lynda.ubc.ca for ‘anytime’ e-learning. All UBC staff and faculty have free CWL access to the lynda.com online library of tutorials, courses and learning paths.
  4. Browsing our Professional Development Streams (below) designed to help you begin to customize your own unique learning path

Featured Learning Opportunity

Appreciative Inquiry: A Way to Generate and Nurture Effective Work Environments

March 16, 8:30am-4:00pm – $275.00

In our intention to make things better, we very often pick up on the things that don’t work: problems, wrong behaviours, errors, and try to fix them. Our lives become filled with problems to solve, one after the other, and we don’t see the end of them. Meanwhile, it becomes increasingly difficult to notice or appreciate what works well; and because these well-working things don’t need fixing, they simply lose their importance.

With Appreciative Inquiry we learn to shift our approach to change by focusing on creating what we want rather than eliminating what we don’t want. We learn to ask questions (or to inquire) in order to explore creative possibilities (appreciative).

Learning Outcomes:

Using a variety of formats such as paired interviews, small group exercises and video, you will:

  • Explore the key principles of Appreciative Inquiry
  • Learn simple ways to shift from a focus on problem solving to one of possibility creating
  • Pay attention to the role of language/words to phrase appreciative questions
  • Identify ways to apply the appreciative inquiry approach in your workplace

To register, please click here.

Upcoming Professional Development Workshops – Vancouver Campus

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Professional and Personal Development Streams

Below are some Professional Development playlists we have to meet help meet your learning needs. Here we also feature ‘anytime’ courses available through Lynda.com .  You can access the lynda.com online library of courses for free using your CWL login from any desktop computer, laptop, or mobile device – anytime 24/7.

Managing Your Work

Having a clear idea about your job performance is the first step in excelling at work. The right balance in your career and personal life is a key for happiness, so achieving the state of equilibrium is a must. Once you have the right amount of time dedicated to your work, improving productivity and being effective is a whole new topic. Here are some opportunities that will help you learn what it takes to manage your work.

Anytime Managing Your Work courses available on Lynda.com.

Growing as a Leader

Communication

Communication is about more than just exchanging information. It’s about understanding the emotion and intentions behind the information. Effective communication is also a two-way street. It’s not only how you convey a message so that it is received and understood by someone in exactly the way you intended, it’s also how you listen to gain the full meaning of what’s being said and to make the other person feel heard and understood. Here are some opportunities that will help you learn what it takes to be a great communicator.

Anytime Communication courses available on Lynda.com

Creating a Respectful Work Environment

The University of British Columbia envisions a climate in which students, faculty and staff are provided with the best possible conditions for learning, researching and working, including an environment that is dedicated to excellence, equity and mutual respect. The University of British Columbia strives to realize this vision by establishing employment and educational practices that respect the dignity of individuals and make it possible for everyone to live, work, and study in a positive and supportive environment, free from harmful behaviours such as bullying and harassment. Here are some opportunities that will help you learn what it takes to creating a respectful work environment at UBC.

Anytime Creating a Respectful Work Environment courses available on Lynda.com

Resource Management

At UBC we utilize specific resources which have been developed to improve efficiency and effectiveness within the organization these include financial resources, inventory, human skills, production resources, or information technology (IT). Here are some opportunities that will help you learn the Financial & Resource Management systems at UBC

Anytime Financial & Resource Management courses available on Lynda.com

Getting Started @ UBC

Health, Wellbeing & Personal Development

Your health, wellbeing and personal development is supported by an active, lifelong process of making positive choices and decisions that lead to a balanced and fulfilling life. Here are some opportunities that will support your health, wellbeing & personal development; and encourage you to thrive at UBC.

Need More Information?

Contact pd.workshops@ubc.ca or call 604-822-9644 and let us connect you to the right learning opportunity suitable to your needs. For programs offered specifically by HR, you can also visit http://www.hr.ubc.ca/learning-engagement/.You can also visit our Workshop Registration Guidelines, which includes information on our Professional Development workshop payment, refund and cancellation policy.