Professional Development: Business Communications

Do you want to learn how to communicate effectively? Want to understand diverse audiences and build sound arguments? Then this class might be of interest to you!

The Business Communications self-paced course will sharpen your writing, presentation, and interpersonal communication skills to help you succeed at work. You will learn a range of successful practices and guidelines that have been derived from both research and experience.

What you’ll learn:

* Build sound and logical arguments using the best evidence available
* Communicate effectively
* Understand how to communicate with diverse audiences
* Create a variety of effective and clearly written supporting documents to communicate better

Course length: 6-7 weeks
Time involved: 3-5 hours/week
Price: Free, with a Verified Certificate available for $150
Institution: University of British Columbia
Instructor: Marlisse Silver Sweeney Lecturer, Law and Business Communications Group UBC Sauder School of Business


Professional Development: Organizational Behaviour

Have you ever wanted to learn more about about the effects of organizational structures on the behaviour of employees? This free self-paced course, part of the Business Fundamentals MicroMasters program, will teach you to think about the organization as a whole and to examine how it behaves.

What you’ll learn

* Describe and apply key organizational behaviour concepts
* Identify sources of power, motivation, and commitment in an organizational setting
* Improve teamwork skills by understanding team dynamics
* Review and recommend adjustments to organization structures, design and culture

Begins: April 9
Course length: 6-7 weeks
Time involved: 3-5 hours/week
Price: Free, with a Verified Certificate available for $150
Institution: University of British Columbia
Instructor: Perry Atwal, UBC Sauder School of Business


Professional Development: Performance Management Series

Do you want to learn more about performance management? Are you interested in quality improvement for you and your team? Then this might be of interest to you. As part of the National Public Health Improvement Initiative funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the New York State Department of Health Office of Public Health Practice has collaborated with the Empire State Public Health Training Center (ESPHTC) to create and make available the Performance Management Training Series.

Courses in the series:

– Introduction to Performance Management
– Basics of Quality Improvement for Public Health Practitioners
– Performance Measurement
– Quality Improvement Team Development
– Targeting Improvement with AIM Statements

Time involved: about an hour per module
Price: Free


Professional Development: Teamwork & Collaboration online course

Do you work in a team environment? Would you like to learn more about decision-making, consensus-building, and problem-solving within a group environment? This edX free online course may help shed some light on these skills.

Topics in the course include:

– Team formation and development
– Building, leading, organizing, and motivating teams
– Managing conflict in groups to build productive professional relationships
– Collaboration among cross-functional teams
– Interpersonal relationship dynamics in small groups

Begins: January 15, 2018
Course length: 3 weeks
Time involved: 6-8 hours/week
Price: Free with a Verified Certificate available for $49 if desired
Instructor: David Neumann, Professor, School of Communication, Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT)

Find out more about this class including how to register at the edX website.


Professional Development: Business Communications

Would you like help in learning to communicate effectively, understand diverse audiences and build sound arguments? Then this self-paced ed.x class might be of interest to you!

In this course, you will learn how to sharpen your writing, presentation, and interpersonal communication skills to help you succeed at work. You will see successful practices and guidelines drawn from both research and experience.

What you’ll learn:

* Build sound and logical arguments using the best evidence available
* Communicate effectively in a business setting
* Understand how to communicate with diverse audiences
* Create a variety of effective and clearly written supporting business documents to better communicate

Begins: November 13
Course length: 6-7 weeks
Time involved: 3-5 hours/week
Price: Free, with a Verified Certificate available for $150

The University of British Columbia offers this instruction provided by Marlisse Silver Sweeney Lecturer, Law and Business Communications Group UBC Sauder School of Business.


Professional Development: Mindful Leadership: An online class

Have you ever wanted to incorporate mindfulness into your actions at work? Would you like to learn how to include it in your interactions at work? If so, then you might want to take this free online class offered by GovLoop.

Mindful leadership means engaging in your work and your team, skillfully and in the moment. Mindfulness can help you prioritize personal well-being and transform the workplace culture around you, one interaction at a time.

Join this class to learn how to bring mindful presence to your interactions, the importance of building trust within yourself and colleagues, as well as how to cultivate an overall sense of meaningfulness at work.

You will learn:

* What mindful leadership in action really looks like.
* The benefits of bringing intention to your work style and interactions.
* How your organization as a whole can benefit from mindfulness.

Date: 9/13/2017
Time: 11am-noon
Price: Free
Instructor: Sarah Marbach, Marketing Manager and Mindfulness Advocate, Aetna


Professional Development: Evidence-Based Management Foundations

Have you wanted to learn about the theory behind management practice? Do you want to update you knowledge of management theories and concepts? If so, then you might want to take this free online course offered by edX.

In this course, students will spend time dissecting the evidence in support of foundational theories and concepts of management. Students will also learn to critically assess existing management practice in modern organisations, and to evalte the potential of emerging research and evidence in key management domains. Learners will explore the evolution of management thinking, organizational design, human resource management and more.

This course is designed for both emerging leaders and established managers.

Begins: August 8 (self-paced)
Course length: 6 weeks
Time involved: 8-10 hours/week
Price: Free, with a Verified Certificate available for $149
Institution: Australian National University
Instructor: Andrew Bradly, Senior Lecturer in International Business at the Australian National University


Professional Development: Communication Skills for Bridging Divides, an edX course

Would you like to develop practical communication skills to help build a more tolerant and inclusive worksite? Would you like to learn how to build bridges to communicate better with others who think, look, and have beliefs different from yours? Then you might consider enrolling in this free online mini-course provided by edX!

In this skills-based course, you will explore practical strategies and techniques to apply in your daily life. You will learn about the difference between dialogue, discussion, and debate; micro-affirmations; and how to be an ally.

If you are seeking to develop and practice these skills and apply them to build a more inclusive world, this course is for you. The course is also mobile-friendly.

What you’ll learn:

– Communication skills to help you engage in dialogue instead of debate
– How small but powerful acts of kindness can lead to positive behavior changes
– How to be a meaningful ally
– Strategies to bridge divides, build inclusion, and create places where everyone feels welcome

Course length: 1 week
Time involved: 1 hour
Price: Free, with a Verified Certificate available for $25
Organization: Catalyst

You can find more on this class including how to register online here.


Professional Development: Becoming a Successful Leader

Want to learn about best practices in leadership? Would you like to practice these skills in a safe class setting? Then this might be the course for you!

In this course, you will learn about leadership research and study some best practices followed by both great leaders and everyday people. In addition, you will have the opportunity to explore the empowerment, accountability, courage, and humility—key leadership skills linked to inclusive, successful teams.

Throughout this self-paced course, you will meet people like yourself who want to be the best leaders they possibly can by incorporating inclusive leadership into their work lives.

Fees: Free or add a Verified Certificate for $50
Time: 1-1.5 hours per week for 4 weeks

Find out more including how to register online here.


Professional Development: Climate Change and Health: A COEH Continuing Education Webinar

Do you want a review of the health effects of climate change? Want to hear an expert speak on this at your desk? Then this webinar hosted by The Center for Occupational and Environmental Health’s Continuing Education (COEH-CE) Program may be of interest to you!

Changes in climate and increases in the frequency of extreme climate events are predicted to adversely affect human health in a variety of ways. In this webinar Dr. Kent Pinkerton, Director of the Center for Health and the Environment at UC Davis, will provide an overview of the public health effects of climate change.

Date: Wednesday, April 5
Time: 10:30-11:30am PDT

Objectives
On completion of the Climate Change and Health webinar participants will be able to:

* Outline the evidence for climate effects that can impact human health
* Identify specific health issues associated with climate change
* Distinguish specific respiratory problems likely to increase as climate change occurs

Dr. Pinkerton also serves as the Associate Director for the Western Center for Agricultural Health and Safety, where he researches climate change impacts on agricultural health and safety. He has co-chaired symposiums on Climate Change and Global Public Health for the American and Turkish Thoracic Societies
and is co-editor of the book, Global Climate Change and Public Health published in 2014.

CE credits are available for nurses and industrial hygienists. CE requires additional registration to complete payment and evaluation to receive credit. The cost for CE credit is $30 per webinar. Directions on how to receive these are available on the registration website.

The Center for Occupational and Environmental Health’s Continuing Education (COEH-CE) Program offers high quality professional development courses for practitioners working in occupational medicine, occupational health nursing, industrial hygiene, occupational epidemiology, ergonomics, and other allied health professions in the occupational safety and health community. COEH is a collaboration of UC San Francisco’s Occupational and Environmental Medicine, UC Berkeley’s Labor Occupational Health Program, and UC Davis’ Center for Occupational and Environmental Health. Professional courses are relevant to
multidisciplinary audiences.