Category Archives: Workshops and Training

T-REX Training Sessions (9/19, 10/10, 11/21 and 12/12)

T-REX (UMBC’s new financial reporting tool) training sessions have been scheduled for September 19, October 10, November 21 and December 12, 10-11:30 a.m., in ECS training room 025. Users in need of training are encouraged to sign up for one of these sessions as the sessions will be offered semi-annually beginning January 2012. Users may register at Contact Jean Donohue at with any questions.

Blackboard Drop-in Sessions (8/22-9/9)

DoIT is offering drop-in Blackboard sessions to assist and help faculty prepare for the fall semester. View the schedule here.

SkillSoft Topic of the Month: Communicating With Confidence

Are you reluctant to voice your opinions for fear they will be judged negatively? Do you find yourself avoiding awkward communication situations? Confident interpersonal communication skills are essential for healthy and successful relationships, whether personal or professional. Once you’ve learned how to apply them, these skills enhance your influence and help you achieve your goals. This one-hour course shows you how the essential elements of trust, credibility, and specific confident communication behaviors bring about confident communication and enhance your influence. It highlights the advantages of communicating with confidence, explores the construction of trust and credibility and clarifies how trust and credibility result in confident communications.

Visit the UMBC SkillSoft website for a Quick Start Guide, FAQs, and the link to log in to SkillPort. This module is Course Number: comm_21_a01_bs_enus

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

To schedule a department presentation about using SkillSoft for professional development, call ext. 5-6262 or e-mail

CPR for the Healthcare Provider (8/16)

CPR for the Healthcare Provider will be sponsored by the Department of Emergency Health Services on Tuesday, August 16, 5:30-10:00 p.m.

The registration fee is $65 for the full provider course, $55 for the renewal course.

For further information, contact Danette McCoy at ext. 5-3584 or

Understanding Performance Management: A Guide for Non-supervisory Staff (11/3)

In this overview of the Performance Management Process (PMP) with Employment/Labor Relations Specialist Shobhna Arora, you will have an opportunity to learn about performance management and its components, the importance of setting goals and on-going communication, how to solicit and receive feedback, the benefits of completing a self-assessment and strategies for enhancing professional development. This session also covers tips and assistance in preparing for the mid-cycle performance review.

The workshop will be Thursday, November 3, 9 a.m.-noon, in The Commons Room 331.

Register by Wednesday, October 26, at

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Planning for Performance Management Success: A Guide for Supervisors (10/4)

This workshop is required training for all supervisors of regular and contingent II staff. In this overview of the performance management process (PMP), you will learn about the benefits of performance management, the importance of ongoing communication, the PMP cycle, how to use the PMP form and strategies for professional development. Elmer Falconer, director of employment/labor relations, is the instructor for this workshop.

The workshop will be Tuesday, October 4, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m., in The Commons, Room 331.

Register by September 26th, at

Get a flyer with details at

SkillSoft e-Learning Upgrades to Flash 10

SkillSoft is enhancing its collection of courseware and video assets to take advantage of new features that are available in Adobe Flash 10. Please be advised that SkillSoft will officially discontinue qualifying Adobe Flash versions older than 8.0 as of November 1, 2011. Please upgrade to version 10 or higher before this date.

Set Your Goals + Manage Your Time = Success! (10/26)

Do you want to develop professional and personal goals you can really achieve? Would you like to know the most effective time management strategies to help you to reach your goals? In this interactive workshop, you will learn how to set achievable goals for professional or personal success, choose time management strategies to advance your goal achievement, monitor progress and adjust goals as needed and learn stress management strategies that enhance time management and goal achievement.

The workshop will be Wednesday, October 26, 10 a.m.-noon, in the University Center, Room 312.

Register by Tuesday, October 18, at

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Optimizing Work: Ways to Save Time and Effort (10/7)

In these challenging times, many of us are experiencing greater workload demands and it is increasingly difficult to continue doing work in the same way. We need to look at our work with a fresh perspective and creatively find ways to do things more efficiently. Our leaders are the key players who can make this happen.

People in leadership roles will learn:

  • How to lead by initiating and facilitating improvement conversations
  • How to inspire others to implement changes
  • What questions to ask
  • How to identify some immediate areas for rethinking how the work gets done
  • Clear tips on how to make work processes and procedures more efficient
  • Ways to cultivate the support needed for changes to be successful

This workshop provides a clear model and accompanying tools for looking at how work gets done and how it can be changed to address the challenges we’re facing today. This program offers you a quick return on your time invested – it provides you with tools and techniques for saving time and effort that you can immediately begin putting into practice.

The workshop will be Friday, October 7, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., in the University Center, Room 312.

Register by Thursday, September 22, at

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Welcome to UMBC! (9/15)

We invite all faculty and staff to join President Hrabowski and Interim Provost Rous in welcoming our new colleagues to the UMBC community.

This interactive event is a great opportunity to connect and get to know some of the remarkable people here at UMBC. You will learn more about UMBC’s vision and values, the new Performing Arts and Humanities building, and how to create opportunities to make a difference in our community.

The Gallery will feature a photography exhibit by Robert Fichter and Robert Freidus entitled “Italian Memorial Sculpture 1820-1940.” We welcome you to stop by the new Retriever Learning Center on the first floor of the Library before or after the event!

Co-sponsored by The Commons and Human Resources. Hors d’oeuvres will be served. Please arrive promptly at 2 p.m.

This event will be Thursday, September 15, 2-4 p.m., in the Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery (first floor).

Register by Friday, September 2, at

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