Lynda.com, a library of online training videos, is available at no cost to current University of Minnesota students, faculty, and staff systemwide on all campuses. It can help you learn technology, creative, and business skills from industry experts.
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Want to learn more about how to get the most out of your day? In this pathway, you will find courses that address time management, to-do lists, ways to improve your focus, and of course, overcoming procrastination.
Knowing how to take care of yourself is just as important as any other skill. In this pathway, you will find a unique set of courses related to affective well-being. They cover positivity, building resilience, mindfulness, and how to find the perfect work-life balance.
This pathway is all about learning who you are, and how you can manage yourself in the working world. Courses will help you gauge where you are in your professional career, and offer advice on how to advance it. Topics include discovering your strengths, achieving goals, and learning from failure.
Having trouble presenting to your co-workers? Does your mind blank in front of an audience? Having good presentation skills is essential to professional success. In this pathway, you will find courses that address overcoming fear, how to stay on point, and making persuasive pitches.
Google is no longer just a search engine. With its introduction of Google Drive, employees and students are now able to share Google docs, sheets, and slides through Gmail accounts. Similarly, meetings and events are now scheduled through Google Calendars. If you need a full introduction, or are just looking for some tips and tricks, both can be found within this pathway.
Microsoft Word and Excel
Microsoft Word and Excel are two of the most utilized software applications. Being well acquainted with both will allow you to accomplish more work without the help of others, Whether you’ve never used either, or are looking to become and expert, this pathway has courses for you.
Nothing is worse than hearing people snore through your presentation. Need some help creating effective slides? This pathway consists of courses covering Microsoft’s traditional PowerPoint application, but also newer presentation software such as Prezi and Keynote. Courses range from beginning essential training courses, to advanced tips and tricks.
Lynda.com offers hundred of courses that cover all kinds of creative software for beginners and professionals alike. If you’re looking to get acquainted with Photoshop, Flickr, iMovie, Audacity, Adobe, and more, this is the pathway for you.
Feeling a bit disorganized? Are you spacing important meetings, losing people’s documents? If so, there are a couple of applications you may want to make use of. Evernote, Outlook, and SharePoint are all organizational tools. They are sometimes even available as apps that you can download on your iPhone or Android. For more information, check out some of the courses in this pathway.
Analytical tools are important for certain roles within the workplace. Although some of these courses are challenging, and a little long, gaining a general knowledge of some software applications may be useful. If you are interested in Java, Google Analytics, Mathematica, SPSS, R, Python, and more, check out courses in this pathway.
This pathway is geared more towards faculty, than staff. It includes tutorial videos for applications such as Moodle, SMART board, and iBooks. Specifically, it has courses that focus on education such as PowerPoint for Teachers, Teaching with Technology, and Google Apps 2016 for Education.
This pathway contains courses meant to improve your ability to communicate information and relate to others. While there is a communications foundations course which covers general tips, there are other courses tailored to specific topics including communicating across cultures, communicating in times of change, and communicating with empathy.
Great customer service skills entail the ability to negotiate and influence others. These skills and more can be found in this specific pathway.
Collaboration is key in the workplace. Do you sometimes struggle connecting with others, delegating tasks, or providing necessary leadership? In this pathway, you will find courses aimed at improving your teamwork skills. While there is a teamwork foundations course, which gives general tips, you can find more specialized courses such as building trust and managing experts.
Creating diverse staff, faculty, and student populations entails managing people of all ages, abilities, cultures, and nationalities. However, none of us are immune to bias. Within this pathway, you will find courses that reveal the power of diversity, and how to better incorporate it within the workplace.
Finance and Budgeting
Whether you are looking to improve you accounting abilities for work, or simply want to develop some personal finance skills, you may find this pathway helpful. It includes topics ranging from bookkeeping, to income tax, and even managerial accounting.
Change isn’t always easy, and we are often resistant to it. If you find yourself struggling to manage yourself and peers through times of change, this playlist may be beneficial. There is a change management foundations course, as well as courses concerning building trust, strategic agility, and developing adaptable employees.
Project Management is a broad topic. It involves many facets including innovation, leadership, communication, budgeting, and risk. Perhaps you have just been entrusted to lead a small project. Need some tips? Check out this comprehensive pathway covering all dimensions of project management.
This pathway contains courses aimed at helping individuals navigate through conflict in the workplace. Some of the courses cover acting decisively and learning to be assertive, while others offer advice on initiating tough conversations, and collaborating with difficult people.
Networking and Mentoring
70% of jobs and opportunities are found through networking. But, the process can be daunting if you’re not used to it. Do you think that you need to be reaching out to people more? Are you familiar with LinkedIn? This pathway includes courses that discuss personal branding, your professional image, connecting with executives, creating a LinkedIn, and most importantly, how to help others.
A manager’s main objective is to maximize the quality and quantity of work from his/her employees. To do so, managers need to be competent in various areas including teamwork, goal setting, time management, and performance. They should be concerned with creating a healthy work environment, and the development of their future workforce. All of these topics and more can be found within this pathway.
Whether you’re a manager or an employee, you can be a leader. Looking to develop your leadership philosophy? Do you want to learn how to step up into a leadership role? There are a number of courses within this playlist that address risk-taking, decision-making strategies, building trust, and even the body language of leaders.
Best Practices for Hiring Managers
This playlist provides best practices for approaching the hiring process. Topics include interviewing, unconscious bias, and strategies for finding the best candidates.