Learning that fuels your professional success

Success is measured not only by what you do, but how you do it

Organizational competencies provide the foundation for our collective success by establishing the benchmark behaviours for all employees regardless of their role and level. They are our guiding light in how we show up and connect with each other.

Our course catalogue is curated using our organizational competencies to help you find the right development opportunity.

The catalogue also includes learning options for a variety of professional skills that everyone across the university might need to be successful. These include communications, interpersonal skills, and personal effectiveness skills.

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Research shows that learning occurs in three ways, and that orchestrating them together leads to the better development for employees


Education is learning by instruction from an expert, in the physical classroom, a virtual classroom, and through self-paced online courseware.

Physical Classroom

The Centre for Learning, Leadership & Culture continues to provide a wide array of classroom – based seminars and workshops. We are building a catalogue to offer you a rich development experience, focusing on organizational competencies and the professional skills you need.

Virtual Classroom

A few of our courses are already virtual! This allows employees to stay at their desk and participate in a web-based sessions. The facilitator has all the same tools as a physical classroom, and employees can participate in the same way including break-out sessions and group discussions. We will be moving more courses online over time, as it provides the most flexibility for employees at all three campuses.

Online Learning

Self-paced online learning has evolved significantly over the past few years. Today, it is delivered in bite-sized chunks allowing learners to focus on one topic for two minutes, or go in-depth for the full hour. Every employee has full access to Linkedin Learning (formerly Lynda.com) with a wide variety of high quality learning on a long list of topics at no cost to them or their department. Linkedin Learning offerings that support our organizational competencies are included in the Catalogue.


Exposure is learning by observation, through rich feedback and connections with others to produce fresh personal insights and broadened perspectives on current role and development horizons.


Partnering with a mentor is one way to gather useful feedback and gain insight. Aside from the Rose Patten formal mentoring program that the University has been using to develop its next generation of leaders, mentoring can take many forms. You can ask a more senior person that you have worked with in your career if they would be open to mentoring you. Or, you can use the database on the career services website to find a “situational mentor” when you have a particular issue you want to discuss.


Attending conferences supports your development by providing access to speakers who are experts in their fields, with informal learning also taking place by exchanging ideas with other conference participants. There is some funding available for attending conferences.


There is a wealth of information available on the web, in books, and through TED talks. As we build our catalogue of learning experiences, you will find more and more recommendations for great books and TED talks that we think can really drive insight.

Every idea on this list is set up as a learning activity in the Learning Management System (LMS). To add an exposure activity to your learning record, you can register for it in the LMS. Your manager will need to approve it once it’s been completed.

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Experience is learning by doing, through new roles or on-the-job “stretch” situations with real performance consequences. Experience, with reflection and feedback, provides the greatest opportunity for acquiring and refining knowledge, skills, and behavior. These are just a few ideas for on-the-job experience you can use.

Cross-Functional Assignment

Participate on a committee or cross-functional task force with a mandate to make recommendations on an issue outside the usual scope of your role or team.

Special Project

Participate in the organization and/or execution of an event, activity, or initiative. Work with your manager to define an activity outside of your current job responsibilities that will help you grow and develop. Look for assignments that have a reasonable scope and duration given your current role, but will provide you with an opportunity to enhance your skills.

Best Practices

Participate in a benchmarking team tasked with defining or updating metrics to assess the effectiveness of your department.

Every idea on this list is set-up as a learning activity in the Learning Management System (LMS). To add an experience activity to your learning record, you can register for it in the LMS. Your manager will need to approve it once it is completed.

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