Upcoming Classes

This page displays current Learning & Development class and workshop offerings designed to serve the needs of UC Santa Cruz employees. We also collaborate with the campus community to advertise and support professional development and training opportunities offered by other Departments.

The upcoming classes listed below provide only abbreviated descriptions, and are arranged in chronological order. Please note that some classes may have multiple sessions, as noted in the class description. Be sure to register for each class in the series!

HOW TO REGISTER

You can register for all Learning & Development courses through UC Learning Center, UC Santa Cruz’s online learning management system for staff. Remember to use your CruzID and gold password to gain access. Be sure to disable your popup blocker (or add uc.sumtotalsystems.com to the list of allowed sites in your pop-up browser settings).

Shelter-in-Place & COVID-19

Due to the necessity of remote work and social distancing, classes will be offered via Zoom. Please continue to register via the UC Learning Center. Zoom meeting links will be shared via UC Learning Center Registration Confirmation emails. Please ensure you are logged into your UCSC Zoom account before joining. For questions on how to attend a Zoom meeting and for technical difficulties, please visit the ITS Zoom page or open a support ticket by emailing help@ucsc.edu. Thank you for your understanding!

For accessibility-related inquiries, or if you encounter issues with the UC Learning Center, please contact LearningCenter@ucsc.edu.

 


  • ABC’s of Supervising Others: Part B

    Tuesday, September 15th 2020; 9-11:30 AM (via Zoom) – Register Here!

    Setting the Stage for Success as a Supervisor

    Target Audience: New supervisors with limited or no experience and individuals who aspire to a supervisory role. This is part two of a four-part series.

    Level: Introductory

    Key Topics Covered:

    • Goal Setting
    • Organizing for Success
    • Time Management Tips
    • Active Listening Techniques

    Zoom meeting links will be shared via UC Learning Center Registration Confirmation emails.

     


  • Intro to G Suite: Docs, Drive, Sheets and Slides

    Friday, September 18, 2020; 9-11 AM (via Zoom) – Register Here!

    G Suite is Google’s office productivity suite. This workshop is designed to help new G Suite users come up to speed quickly on the featured applications. Topics covered in this course include how to log into a G Suite account, navigate its interface, and use its component apps to complete common productivity tasks. Specific applications we will cover are Google Drive, Docs, Sheets and Slides.

    Zoom meeting links will be shared via UC Learning Center Registration Confirmation emails.

     


  • ABC’s of Supervising Others: Part C

    Tuesday, September 22, 2020; 9-11:30 AM (via Zoom) – Register Here!

    Communicating for Success as A Supervisor

    Target Audience: New supervisors with limited or no experience and individuals who aspire to a supervisory role. This is part three of a four-part series.

    Level: Introductory

    Key Topics Covered:

    • Communication skills
    • Giving Instructions
    • Orders, Requests, and Suggestions
    • Intro to Feedback Cycle

    Zoom meeting links will be shared via UC Learning Center Registration Confirmation emails.

     


  • Avoiding Burnout

    Wednesday, September 23, 2020; 2-3 PM (via Zoom) – Register Here!

    Targeted Audience: All employees

    Today, work/life balance can be difficult, and many people feel pressured to work faster, harder and longer hours. This can lead to burnout, resulting in decreased productivity and dissatisfaction, among other things. Attendees will examine causes of burnout and potential solutions along with ideas to decrease the likelihood of experiencing burnout.

    Participants will:

    • Brainstorm possible solutions
    • Determine what they can control
    • Identify what causes of burnout
    • Make a personal plan to reduce burnout
    • Define burnout and if they are close to it
    • Examine the facts – and fiction – surrounding burnout

    Zoom meeting links will be shared via UC Learning Center Registration Confirmation emails.

     


  • Introduction to G Suite: Gmail, Calendar, Forms and Hangouts

    Friday, September 25, 2020; 9-11 AM (via Zoom) – Register Here!

    G Suite is Google’s office productivity suite. This workshop is designed to help new G Suite users come up to speed quickly on the featured applications. Topics covered in this course include how to log into a G Suite account, navigate its interface, and use its component apps to complete common productivity tasks. Specific applications we will cover are Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Forms, and Google Hangouts.

    Zoom meeting links will be shared via UC Learning Center Registration Confirmation emails.

     


  • ABC’s of Supervising Others: Part D

    Tuesday, September 29, 2020; 9-11:30 AM (via Zoom) – Register Here!

    Communication Challenges

    Target Audience: New supervisors with limited or no experience and individuals who aspire to a supervisory role. This is part three of a four-part series.

    Level: Introductory

    Key Topics Covered:

    • Giving and Receiving Feedback
    • Managing Conflict
    • Managing Challenging Situations
    • Developing Relationships 
    • Establishing Credibility

    Zoom meeting links will be shared via UC Learning Center Registration Confirmation emails.

     


  • Zoom Training for Staff

    Tuesday, September 29th from 2-3 PM (via Zoom) – Register Here!

    Zoom has quickly become our go-to tool for communicating with our colleagues. It's how we touch base with our team, have one-on-ones with our supervisor or students, and facilitate larger group meetings, events, and colloquia. This popular interactive workshop on using Zoom was originally designed for campus instructors to support the transition to remote instruction. Now facilitators Kendra Dority (CITL) and Aaron Zachmeier (Online Education) have modified the curriculum for staff.

    In this workshop you will learn how to effectively use Zoom to host and participate in meetings, use features such as breakout rooms, waiting rooms, and the whiteboard, and understand how you can secure your meetings.

    Zoom meeting links will be shared via UC Learning Center Registration Confirmation emails.

     


  • Professional Writing Skills

    Wednesday, September 30, 2020; 9-11 AM (via Zoom) – Register here!

    This workshop will focus on how to write "clearly, concisely, correctly, and courteously." We will also discuss how we use writing in our personal and professional lives, with particular attention to audience and context. The workshop aims to establish email writing best practices and to provide the opportunity for hands-on editing.

    Zoom meeting links will be shared via UC Learning Center Registration Confirmation emails.

     


  • Avoiding Burnout

    Wednesday, October 7, 2020; 9-10 AM (via Zoom) – Register here!

    Today, work/life balance can be difficult, and many people feel pressured to work faster, harder and longer hours. This can lead to burnout, resulting in decreased productivity and dissatisfaction, among other things. Attendees will examine causes of burnout and potential solutions along with ideas to decrease the likelihood of experiencing burnout.

    Participants will:

    • Brainstorm possible solutions
    • Determine what they can control
    • Identify what causes of burnout
    • Make a personal plan to reduce burnout
    • Define burnout and if they are close to it
    • Examine the facts – and fiction – surrounding burnout

    Zoom meeting links will be shared via UC Learning Center Registration Confirmation emails.

     


  • Best Practices for Remote Working During COVID-19

    Thursday, October 15, 2020; 10-11 AM (via Zoom) – Register Here

    Learning to work from home 100% of the time will require adaptability and a new set of skills. This program will outline strategies for communication, productivity, and time management all within the context of working from your home environment. Discussions will include how to work around your children, how to manage distractions and how to cope with the unique emotional pressures of working away from the office.

    Participants will:

    • Learn to adapt to a new way of working
    • Create routines to manage their day
    • Discuss setting up their workspace
    • Identify ways of to communicate and stay connected
    • Learn how to set boundaries
    • Discuss the importance of self-care

    Zoom meeting links will be shared via UC Learning Center Registration Confirmation emails.

     

  • How to be an Effective Workplace Leader

    Thursday, October 22, 2020; 10-11 AM (via Zoom) – Register Here!

    Today, leadership requires a more complex set of skills and values than at any time in the past. Vision, trust, integrity and empowerment have become critical elements of effective leadership. This training will provide the framework for becoming an effective and ethical leader whether leading a small team of people or a large organization.

    Participants will: 

    • Identify the challenges of leadership 
    • Discuss the myths and realities of leadership 
    • Describe the qualities of an effective leader 
    • Create an action plan for developing leadership skills 
    • Determine the difference between leaders and managers 
    • Define the differences between leadership today and in the past

    Instructor: Optum Certified Instructor

    Zoom meeting links will be shared via UC Learning Center Registration Confirmation emails.

     


  • Understanding and Speaking Up to Bias

    Monday, October 28, 2020; 2-4 PM (via Zoom) – Register Here!

    How do you respond when you hear a prejudicial statement in the workplace? Afterwards, do you regret what you said, or the fact that you didn’t say anything at all? This workshop will explore ways of speaking up against bias as an ally, with the aim of inviting reflection and dialogue, rather than shaming, blaming, or alienating the speaker (who may be your close colleague). Examples of unintentionally biased statements, culled from campus conversations, will provide material for discussion and practice.

    Zoom meeting links will be shared via UC Learning Center Registration Confirmation emails.

     


  • Budget and Financial Management #1: The University Budget

    Monday, November 2, 2020; 9AM-12 PM (via Zoom) – Register Here!

    This is the first class in the UCSC Budget and Financial Management Course Series: A high-level explanation of the university budget. The class will review university funding streams and explain how funds are distributed and utilized on our campus. It is strongly recommended though not required that employees attend these classes in sequence.

    Zoom meeting links will be shared via UC Learning Center Registration Confirmation emails.

     


  • How to Understand and Develop Emotional Intelligence

    Wednesday, November 4, 2020; 2-3PM (via Zoom) – Register Here!

    Attendees will learn all about Emotional Intelligence (EQ) – from its definition to strategies for enhancing it. This program will help participants identify stress reduction techniques and guide them through writing their own action plan for developing their EQ.

    Participants will: 

    • Define EQ 
    • Assess individual EQs 
    • Develop a “feeling” vocabulary 
    • Examine the basic concepts of EQ 
    • Write an action plan for developing EQ 
    • Determine the benefits of a healthy EQ 
    • Explore strategies for enhancing EQ skills 
    • Identify appropriate stress reduction techniques

    Zoom meeting links will be shared via UC Learning Center Registration Confirmation emails.

     


  • Budget and Financial Management #2: Managing The Campus Budget

    Monday, November 9, 2020; 9AM-12 PM (via Zoom) – Register Here!

    This is the second class in the UCSC Budget and Financial Management Course Series: A general explanation of how budget is managed centrally and across campus. We’ll discuss the campus chart of accounts, elements of the FOAPAL, the financial calendar, campus financial systems and what comprises the operating budget. It is strongly recommended though not required that employees attend these classes in sequence.

     

    Zoom meeting links will be shared via UC Learning Center Registration Confirmation emails.

     


  • Relaxation Techniques

    Tuesday, November 10, 2020; 10-11AM (via Zoom) – Register Here!

    This session identifies the importance of relaxation in a high-stress world, defining what relaxation is and why it is important, as well as offers tips to insert relaxation practices into your daily life.

    Participants will:

    • Learn tips for energizing to improve effectiveness at work and at home
    • Consider why relaxation skills are important
    • Have an opportunity to practice some of the relaxation techniques

    Zoom meeting links will be shared via UC Learning Center Registration Confirmation emails.

     


  • Budget and Financial Management #3: Managing Your Campus Budget

    Monday, November 16, 2020; 9AM-12 PM (via Zoom) – Register Here!

    This is the third class in the UCSC Budget and Financial Management Course Series. This class covers best practices for managing a budget on campus. Topics covered include appropriate fund use, the process for establishing fees and recharge rates, the short-term interest pool (STIP), central benefits pools, composite benefit rates, budgeting for cost increases, and available resources for budget managers. The differences in managing core-funded budgets versus recharge/auxiliary budgets will be explained throughout. It is strongly recommended though not required that employees attend these classes in sequence.

    Zoom meeting links will be shared via UC Learning Center Registration Confirmation emails.

     


  • How to Manage Your Finances

    Thursday, November 19, 2020; 10-11AM (via Zoom) – Register Here!

    Participants will learn the importance of setting up and maintaining a budget. Information about establishing credit and the value of maintaining a good credit rating also are explored. While some saving choices may be reviewed, this class does not address long-term financial planning.

    Participants will: 

    • Redesign spending habits 
    • Evaluate current financial situation 
    • Write an action plan to manage finances 
    • Identify the components of financial planning 
    • Explore ways to manage money more effectively

    Zoom meeting links will be shared via UC Learning Center Registration Confirmation emails.

     


  • Budget and Financial Management #4: Demystifying Financial Transactions

    Monday, November 30, 2020; 9AM-12 PM (via Zoom) – Register Here!

    This is the fourth class in the UCSC Budget and Financial Management Course Series. This class dives into the minutia of the Financial Transactions Report. (a.k.a. “the general ledger”). Participants will get a better understanding of the timeliness of budgetary and financial transactions, how to read the financial transactions report, where to get help if something is unclear, and commonly misunderstood transactions. It is strongly recommended though not required that employees attend these classes in sequence.

     

    Zoom meeting links will be shared via UC Learning Center Registration Confirmation emails.

     


  • Understanding the Dynamics of Conflict

    Wednesday, December 9, 2020; 2-3 PM (via Zoom) – Register Here!

    When we are in the midst of it, conflict often feels chaotic and unpredictable. It can be difficult to know how to respond without escalating the situation. This short workshop will introduce some simple, memorable, and reliable models that can assist us in calming our immediate responses to conflict, analyzing the situation, and choosing an approach that is consistent with our goals and values.

     

    Zoom meeting links will be shared via UC Learning Center Registration Confirmation emails.

     


  • Budget and Financial Management #1: The University Budget

    Monday, March 1, 2021; 9AM-12 PM (via Zoom) – Register Here!

    This is the first class in the UCSC Budget and Financial Management Course Series: A high-level explanation of the university budget. The class will review university funding streams and explain how funds are distributed and utilized on our campus. It is strongly recommended though not required that employees attend these classes in sequence.

     

    Zoom meeting links will be shared via UC Learning Center Registration Confirmation emails.

     


  • Budget and Financial Management #2: Managing The Campus Budget

    Monday, March 8, 2021; 9AM-12 PM (via Zoom) – Register Here

    This is the second class in the UCSC Budget and Financial Management Course Series: A general explanation of how budget is managed centrally and across campus. We’ll discuss the campus chart of accounts, elements of the FOAPAL, the financial calendar, campus financial systems and what comprises the operating budget. It is strongly recommended though not required that employees attend these classes in sequence.

     

    Zoom meeting links will be shared via UC Learning Center Registration Confirmation emails.

     


  • Budget and Financial Management #3: Managing Your Campus Budget

    Monday, March 15, 2021; 9AM-12 PM (via Zoom) – Register Here!

    This is the third class in the UCSC Budget and Financial Management Course Series. This class covers best practices for managing a budget on campus. Topics covered include appropriate fund use, the process for establishing fees and recharge rates, the short-term interest pool (STIP), central benefits pools, composite benefit rates, budgeting for cost increases, and available resources for budget managers. The differences in managing core-funded budgets versus recharge/auxiliary budgets will be explained throughout. It is strongly recommended though not required that employees attend these classes in sequence.

     

    Zoom meeting links will be shared via UC Learning Center Registration Confirmation emails.

     


  • Budget and Financial Management #4: Demystifying Financial Transactions

    Monday, March 22, 2021; 9AM-12 PM (via Zoom) – Register Here!

     

    This is the fourth class in the UCSC Budget and Financial Management Course Series. This class dives into the minutia of the Financial Transactions Report. (a.k.a. “the general ledger”). Participants will get a better understanding of the timeliness of budgetary and financial transactions, how to read the financial transactions report, where to get help if something is unclear, and commonly misunderstood transactions. It is strongly recommended though not required that employees attend these classes in sequence.

     

    Zoom meeting links will be shared via UC Learning Center Registration Confirmation emails.