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New HR Learning Catalogue ready for Fall 2020

The HR Learning Catalogue continues to provide workplace skills training for staff looking for professional development opportunities.

Through the 2020-21 HR Learning Catalogue, Queen’s staff and faculty will have the opportunity to learn new skills, improve their wellness, and understand different perspectives. With more than 135 offerings, including lunch-and-learns, certificate programs, and a variety of health and fitness classes, the catalogue provides staff and faculty members with a variety of options for self-improvement.  

Registration opens on Tuesday, Sept. 1.

All workshops will be delivered in an online format for the Fall 2020 term. As details emerge about on campus activity in the winter term, Winter 2021 offerings will be added to the Learning Catalogue. 

“Like the rest of the campus community, in the middle of March our unit had to quickly adjust to working in different ways,” says Alison Cummings, Learning Specialist in Organizational Development and Learning. “We’ve come together effectively as a team and also discovered the power of Microsoft Teams. The delivery of training online has had its challenges but we’re hearing from participants that it has some surprising benefits as well.”

Here’s what some participants have said:

 “The amount of interaction was fantastic and I felt really engaged.”

“I love that we are able to do this in an online setting. As someone with social anxiety, this is a very wonderful way to do it.”

The centerpiece of the HR Learning Catalogue continues to be the series of certificate programs: From Diversity to Inclusion in the Workplace Certificate (DIW); Certificate in Workplace Communications (CWC); Certificate in International Perspectives (CIP); Administrative Professionals at Queen’s Certificate (APAQ); and Administrative Professionals at Queen’s Master Certificate (APAQM). These programs enable staff and faculty to develop a greater level of competency in key aspects of their work.

Making its debut to the Learning Catalogue is the Process Management certificate. Adam Stoehr with Excellence Canada will be facilitating an online version of his Process Management program via Zoom. Dr. Stoehr helps participants find more efficient ways of conducting business here at Queen’s, while the program provides them opportunities for collaboration with colleagues across campus in the virtual space.

“There is a focus on being as efficient as we can, especially now as we work in very different circumstances and environments,” says Don Ames, Organizational Development Consultant with Human Resources, and graduate of the program. “The Certificate in Process Management program gives participants a skillset that can change the way we have operated in the past and present, and make things better for everyone involved.” 

In addition to a new three-part Sustainable Living Webinar Series – Gardening Edition hosted by the Kingston Master Gardeners, the Office of Sustainability will be offering webinars on Commuting Options, Home Energy Tips, Sustainable Holidays, and An Indigenous Perspective of Sustainability. 

Everyone is likely working hard to maintain their personal wellness in these unusual times. The Learning Catalogue offers some help: ARC fitness classes will be held virtually, as well as a new four-part lunch time series on Positive Psychology. And to take us all through the term, plans for the annual Thrive Week to be held in November are already well underway.

In response to the strong interest in last year’s “Build Your Career at Queen’s” lunch-and-learn series, the HR Learning Catalogue will offer a more enhanced series which will include practical skills for attaining that next career position. Additional topics for this series will include an introduction to the Myers-Briggs Tool, resumes and cover letters, and interviewing skills. These lunchtime workshops will be offered in both the fall and winter terms.

Learn more about the workshops being offered on the HR Learning Catalogue.