March-April, 2015: SkillSoft Resource Highlight: Business Skills Curricula

facstaff5HRDid you know that you can use SkillSoft e-Learning to enhance your professional business skills regardless of your role or skill level. SkillSoft offers on-demand business courseware ranging from Administrative Support, Business Analysis, Finance and Accounting, Leadership, Management, Project Management and Team Building just to name a few.  Most courses are interactive in nature providing assignments to test your skills along the way and take only about an hour of your time.

SkillSoft also offers 5-15 minute Business Exploration Series videos to further your learning on a wide variety of business issues.   As you review your professional and personal development needs for the coming performance year, consider using SkillSoft as your e-learning partner.  Simply log into SkillSoft and click the ‘Catalog’ button on the homepage to access the Business Skills Curricula!

For more information about SkillSoft and the Business Exploration Series courseware, click here.

Visit the UMBC SkillSoft website for a Quick Start Guide, FAQs, and the link to log in to SkillPort.

To schedule a department presentation about using SkillSoft for professional development, contact Jill Weinknecht Wardell at ext. 5-1442 or jwardell@umbc.edu.

Understanding Performance Management: A Guide for Non-Supervisory Staff (4/17)

facstaff5HRIn this overview of the Performance Management Process (PMP), you will have an opportunity to learn: Why performance management is important, the components of the PMP process, the importance of setting expectations and on-going communication, how to solicit and receive feedback, the benefits of completing a self-assessment and strategies for enhancing professional development.  Special focus will be on how to prepare for your performance review.

The workshop will be Friday, April 17th 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., in Engineering, Room 023.
Register by April 13th, and get a flyer here.

Career Community Meet-Up (3/27)

careerservicesThe Career Center invites you to a catered lunchtime discussion of applied learning at our next meeting of the new UMBC Careers Community. This informal meet-up will serve as an opportunity to connect with fellow faculty and staff specifically engaged in administering internships and/or research credit, share best practices and energize us as a team of professionals.

Career Community Meet-Up
Friday, March 27 from 12:00-1:30 p.m.
Performing Arts Building (room 428)
Please RSVP here. Lunch will be included.

Agenda
– Update on New & Upcoming Career Center Events/Programs
– Discussion Sessions: How can we partner to elevate internship interest and highlight students’ achievements in applied learning? How can we create a shared database of career-related resources that departments can access and adapt to their needs?
– Show & Share: Tell us about an effective program or strategy your department has employed to support career development and/or internship success.
– Wrap-Up

Fitness Basics Workshop (3/5)

UMBCCome and join the Division of Student Affairs and the UMBC Recreation Department for the second Fitness Basics Workshop of the semester!

The Fitness Basics Workshop provides a great balance of low-moderate level cardiovascular training, flexibility, muscular strength and muscular endurance. This is a good “starter” workshop. Feel free to stay in your regular work clothes, put on your sneakers and join fellow faculty and staff on the arena track at noon. on March 5th.

Feel free to contact Jasmin Walters – Coordinator of Fitness and Wellness with any questions, comments, and/or concerns. jaw3@umbc.edu

Introductory/Refresher Training on Forms Management Printing Contract (3/11)

UMBCMiller’s Minuteman Press (MMP), our contractor for printing business cards, campus stationary (letterhead, interoffice envelopes, window envelopes, etc.) and forms, will be on campus to hold an introductory/refresher training on their online ordering portal. The training will include:
• Demonstration of their on-line ordering system
• Provide an opportunity for you to meet the Miller’s Minuteman Team
• Provide an opportunity for you to ask questions about their products and services
• Sign-up for an account for on-line ordering, if you have not already done so.
Miller’s offers on-line ordering and approval, 2-5 business days turn-around on most orders, and the P-card can be used for orders less than $5,000.

The introductory/refresher session will be held on Wednesday, March 11, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. in Commons Room #331. The training session is expected to last no more than 45 minutes.
Please go to the Training Center website to sign-up for this session, or contact Delores Pertee in Procurement Services at 5-3915 or Dpertee@umbc.edu for more information.

Spring 2015 AOK Library & Gallery Workshops

12662631454_73fd5871b4_zAnnouncing the Spring 2015 AOK Library & Gallery Workshops

Streaming Video @ AOK Library
Wednesday, February 25, 12-1 PM, LIB 259

Did you know that the AOK Library now provides access to over 4,000 academic streaming video titles? Learn how to find videos, create playlists and video clips. We will also cover how to provide access to these resources through Blackboard. This session will be geared toward faculty and staff but students are welcome.
Register online at http://umbc.libcal.com/event.php?id=912049

Zotero Workshop
Thursday, March 5, 12-1 PM, LIB 259

Zotero is a free, easy-to-use tool to help you collect, organize, cite, and share your research sources. Open to all faculty, staff and students.
Register online at http://umbc.libcal.com/event.php?id=913877

How to Conduct a Preliminary U.S. Patent Search
Thursday, March 12, 12-1 PM, LIB 259

A step-by-step strategy on how to complete a preliminary U.S. patent search using freely available tools.
Register online at http://umbc.libcal.com/event.php?id=913878

Creating an Academic Research Poster Using PowerPoint
Thursday, March 19, 12-1 PM, LIB 259

Learn how to design your own large format poster using PowerPoint.
Register online at http://umbc.libcal.com/event.php?id=913882

EndNote Basic Workshop
Monday, March 23, 12-1 PM, LIB 259

Learn how to utilize the full range of features included in the web-accessible citation manager. This hands-on workshop will focus on setting up an account, importing and transferring references, sharing references, and accessing your references in Microsoft Word.
Register online at http://umbc.libcal.com/event.php?id=913845

Streaming Video @ AOK Library
Wednesday, March 25, 12-1 PM, LIB 259

Did you know that the AOK Library now provides access to over 4,000 academic streaming video titles? Learn how to find videos, create playlists and video clips. We will also discuss tips for using videos in presentations and research. This session will be geared towards students but all are welcome to attend.
Register online at http://umbc.libcal.com/event.php?id=912051

EndNote Basic Workshop for Students
Monday, March 30, 12-1 PM, LIB 259

Learn how to utilize the full range of features included in the web-accessible citation manager. This hands-on workshop will focus on setting up an account, importing and transferring references, sharing references, and accessing your references in Microsoft Word. This workshop is designed for students new to citation management tools.
Register online at http://umbc.libcal.com/event.php?id=913844

Fitness Basics Workshop (2/10)

PrintStop by the RAC on your lunch break (12 p.m.- 1 p.m.)for our first Fitness Basics Workshop of the semester! Change your scenery! Briefly take your mind off of your projects and responsibilities! And come out from behind the desk to stretch your legs! The Fitness Basics Workshop provides a great balance of low-moderate level cardiovascular training, flexibility, muscular strength and muscular endurance. This is a good “starter” workshop. Feel free to stay in your regular work clothes, put on your sneakers and join fellow faculty and staff on the arena track.

Free giveaways to all who participate.

Upcoming Workshops:
Fitness Basics – March 5
Fitness Basics – April 14
Stretching and Flexibility – April 28

Click here for more information.