March and April Training and Development Opportunities

The Statewide Office of Human Resources announces the following training & development opportunities for University employees. See http://www.alaska.edu/hrtraining/Calendar/ for the monthly calendar at a glance.

Performance Appraisals at UA - Supervisors
March 27, 2014
8:30 am – 10:00 am Butro 109
10:30 am – 12:00 pm Butro 109

Performance Appraisals at UA – Intro for Employees
March 27, 2014
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm Butro 109

Workplace Bullying Awareness
March 27, 20
1:00 pm – 2:30 pm Butro 109


Webinars descriptions are posted ( http://www.alaska.edu/hrtraining/e-learning/compsych-learning-events/ ) on the HR website. Webinars are scheduled on the first Wednesday at 11:00 a.m. and third Thursday at 2:00 p.m. (These dates were scheduled based upon employee feedback for preferred days and times for a webinar. Upon registering, employees will receive a confirmation email and a subsequent reminder email 24 hours prior to the webinar.

Becoming a Better Listener - April 2, 2014, Wednesday @ 11:00 am Register for 11-12pm AKST

Effective Communication - April 17, 2014, Thursday @ 2:00 pm Register for 2-3pm AKST

The webinars range from 45-60 minutes in length and are open to all University of Alaska employees. There are no fees to attend a ComPsych webinar ( http://www.alaska.edu/hrtraining/e-learning/compsych-learning-events/ ). If the webinar takes place during the employee’s work hours, as with any training event, supervisory approval should be obtained to ensure proper departmental coverage. Employees may join these webinars from any computer with speakers and use the chat function to ask questions or comment.

Note: Although a telephone number will be provided to participate, the telephone number is one with a long-distance charge. Therefore, the computer speakers (or earbuds) and chat function is the preferred method for participating.

Supervisors may request a webinar topic for a department meeting or retreat. In addition, employees may request a topic for a future webinar date. Simply review the ComPsych Catalog posted at ComPsych webinar page (http://www.alaska.edu/hrtraining/e-learning/compsych-learning-events/ ). When submitting a request, please email syhrtraining@email.alaska.edu and include “ComPsych Webinar Request” in your subject line.

If you have any questions, please contact Anne Sakumoto anne.sakumoto@alaska.edu (907) 786-1432.

UA EMPLOYEE E-LEARNING - SkillSoft Resources available until January 30, 2015.

University employees have access to free online resources, including courses and Books24x7 anytime and anywhere you have internet access.

Courses may be downloaded and viewed when you do not have intermittent internet access or no access, for example, if you’re on an airplane. After completing a course, your learning results are automatically recorded and transferred to your learning history within SkillPort after you log-in with an internet connection.

Employees may access these SkillSoft resources one of two ways:

1. UAOnline. After logging in, click the “Employee Services” tab, then “Employee E-Learning” and “SkillSoft”) or

2. through the Statewide Human Resources webpage at http://www.alaska.edu/hrtraining/e-learning/skillsoft/ Log in with UA Authentication Service ID and password. If you need assistance with your password, contact the UA CallCenter at 450-8300 or your regional helpdesk.

SkillSoft Demonstration / Orientation

Has it been a while since you’ve logged into your SkillSoft account or perhaps you didn’t know about these resources? You can join one of the two demonstrations scheduled below:

March 28, 2014, Friday at 10:00 am AST
Go to https://skillsoft.webex.com/skillsoft/j.php?J=276380795&PW=NM2I4N2JkZmZk
Meeting Number: 276 380 795
Meeting Password: welcome
Call-in toll-free number: 1-866-668-0721 (US)
Conference Code: 623 546 8761

May 1, 2014, Thursday at 9:00 am AST
Go to https://skillsoft.webex.com/skillsoft/j.php?J=270078351&PW=NOGYwMjQ1YWNm
Meeting Number: 270 078 351
Meeting Password: welcome
Call-in toll-free number: 1-866-668-0721 (US)
Conference Code: 623 546 8761

Are you interested in preparing for a certification exam? As a University employee, you have access to SkillSoft courses to prepare for business certification exams. A few of the certifying organizations and the certifications are listed below:

American Society for Quality
Six Sigma - Black Belt or Green Belt
CMQ/OE - Certified Manager of Quality and Organizational Excellence

Project Management Institute
CAPM - Certified Associate in Project Management
PMP - Project Management Professional

International Institute of Business Analysis
CBAP – Certified Business Analysis Professional

Human Resource Certification Institute
PHR – Professional in Human Resources
SPHR – Senior Professional in Human Resources

SkillSoft works with the various organizations to keep up to date with exam questions and topics. However, SkillSoft does not administer the actual certification exam or issue the certification. To apply to take the appropriate exam, contact the certifying organization. Many have experience and/or training requirements. For training requirements, it’s recommended that you print the SkillSoft completion certificates for your records and/or to submit with your application, if requested.

University employees may find information at the Statewide Human Resources webpage (http://www.alaska.edu/hrtraining/e-learning/re-certification-prep/) or at SkillSoft.com Info Center on certification curriculum or accreditation (http://www.skillsoft.com/about/accreditations/) or

Administrative Professionals Week is April 20 - 26, 2014.

A sincere thank you to administrative professionals for the work you do on behalf of the University of Alaska!

Administrative Professionals Week is a national event to recognize the contributions of administrative professionals in our workplace and to encourage their professional development.

UA System administrative professionals are encouraged to participate in the following appreciation and development events:

  • UAF Staff Appreciation Day – May 14, 2014, Wednesday
  • UAS Staff Development Day – May 14, 2014, Wednesday
  • UAA Development Day – May 15, 2014, Thursday

Committees are hard at work and websites are in the process of being created or updated to identify workshops and registration information.

UAA: http://www.uaa.alaska.edu/developmentday Betty Hernandez anbah4@uaa.alaska.edu

UAF: Ashley Munro akmunro@alaska.edu or Maria Russell mtrussell@alaska.edu

UAS: Dayna Mackey dayna.mackey@uas.alaska.edu

Questions?... or for individuals interested in volunteering to help with any of the events, please contact the respective campuses directly. To ensure proper departmental coverage, please obtain supervisory approval prior to registration and participation if the activity occurs during your work hours.

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