Employee learning

Learning that Shifts U

Employee Learning that shifts perceptions, transforms relationships and aligns contributions.

The employee learning program supports the professional development of all UVic regular full-time and part-time employees by offering free-of-charge learning sessions. Learning sessions are primarily categorized into six series and determined through considering the UVic strategic framework, the UVic competency model, employee requests, and facilitator availability. New opportunities are offered regularly throughout the year.

Learning sessions are currently being offered in multi-week blended formats, or one-time virtual workshops to meet the current social distancing climate.

Register for courses

Employees may take individual courses on their own or pursue completion of a full learning series comprised of core courses, flexible electives, and reflection opportunities. Series can typically be completed within 1-2 years. 

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Employees may self-enrol in a series community of learning (hosted on Brightspace) at any time to engage with one or more series. Series subscribers will have the advantages of receiving early notification about course availability, access to relevant resources and communications, reflection prompts to assist with completion of the series, opportunities to engage with others, and notifications about additional learning opportunities relevant to series content.

Review the following six Learning Series to see which learning journey is right for you.

UVic Citizen

Connect with the university community and culture

This series is open to all UVic employees in order to broaden their understanding of what it means to be a part of the UVic community and help them make linkages between their work, the broader context of the organization, and the post-secondary environment. Learners will gain awareness of UVic’s mission, vision, values and strategic direction, while being challenged to take personal responsibility for how they encourage inclusive excellence and contribute to the organization’s goals. Courses support employees in developing skills to understand and serve the unique needs of various UVic community members. 

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Understanding Self and Others

Deepen your self-awareness and relate better to others

This series is open to all UVic employees to help them deepen their self-awareness to help them relate to others and discover a personal connection with their work. Courses support employees in developing skills that allow them to know, articulate, and manage themselves and to curiously and respectfully explore how to work with others.

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Clear Communication

Strengthen your written and spoken communication skills

This series is open to all UVic employees to help them improve their spoken, written, and interpersonal communication skills. Courses support employees in developing skills to enhance their use of language, active listening, audience influence and confidence when communicating. Learners will gain tools and techniques for understanding different communication styles, approaches to conflict and ways of interpreting meaning.

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Personal Effectiveness

Be more productive at work

This series is open to all UVic employees to help them develop skills, habits and mindsets to be more effective at work, regardless of what work they do at UVic. It is highly customizable with three electives that can be selected based on one's unique work context and development goals. Courses support employees in developing skills to effectively prioritize, plan, and set goals about important and meaningful work, and to conduct work with others in thoughtful and creative ways. 

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Manage People

Effectively supervise employees

This series is designed for UVic employees who are people leaders or may function as hiring managers in order to help them learn how to effectively supervise their employees. Courses support supervisors in developing skills to facilitate the Employment Life Cycle and to implement strategy and structure among their direct reports.

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Lead Teams

Create and engage strong teams

This series is designed for UVic employees who lead teams or provide oversight and influence to initiatives, committees or service areas and aims to help learners leverage their leadership style in bringing people together to advance organizational objectives. Courses support leaders in developing skills to engage diverse perspectives, enhance creativity, and embed strategy in the day-to-day work of the team. Learners will gain tools and techniques for co-creating a compelling, shared identity for teams and projects, applying systemic and appreciative mindsets, and making group decisions and implementing plans.

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For more information about how our sessions are administered please read our service policy.

For more information about using our learning registration system Learning Central click here.

For more information about our using the learning series portals in Brightspace click here

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