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Virtual Resources

As the situation with COVID-19 continues to evolve, raising many valid questions among our campus community.  This page will be updated regularly to provide resources to support a more remote workforce.

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Virtual Team Building Activities

 

Virtual Professional Development Opportunities

April

  • How to optimize virtual team meetings

    Date: Thursday, April 16th
    Time: 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
    Target audience: All employees
    Room: Online by AdobeConnect

    Overview

    Research indicates that 75% find their team members are more likely to be multitasking during virtual meetings and the effects of multitasking on organizations annually costs the global economy more than $450 billion in lost productivity.

    Content Covered During the Session

    The risk of multitasking and disengagement to the organization and team

    Strategies to implement before the meeting

    • Turn on the video
    • Use your meetings wisely
    • Create a graphical depiction of the team
    • Statement of achievement

    Strategies to implement during the meeting

    • Build a collaborative agenda
    • Build relationships and connect people
    • Provide a play-by-play commentary

    Strategies to implement at the end of the meeting

    • Provide a summary
    • Conduct an evaluation
    • Strategies to overcome meeting challenges including:
      • Lack of non-verbal cues
      • Multi-tasking/distractions
      • Gaining participation in meetings
      • Technology limitations
    • How will these strategies help you with your virtual team meetings?
    • Create a personal action plan

    At the end of the session the participants will be able to:

    • Identify nine techniques to improve your virtual meetings
    • Discuss challenges to conducting an effective virtual meeting and develop solutions to those challenges
    • Create a workplace environment in which remote team members feel equally engaged as their face-to-face counterparts
    • Build relationships from a distance
    • Manage feelings of disengagement and isolation among virtual team members
    • Use language to promote engagement

    Facilitator:

    Deb Fletcher, Virtual Teambuilders

    Register

  • Goal-Setting conversations - SMARTER GOALS

    Date: Tuesday, April 21st
    Time:  1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
    Target audience:  All employees
    Room:  Online by Zoom

    A Goal is a Target…

    If you were learning archery but had no target, your progress would probably be slow; you have nothing to aim at. Having a goal is essential for high performance. It gives you a target to shoot at and immediate feedback on the accuracy of each shot.

    Overview 

    •  This interactive online 90-minute workshop covers the nitty-gritty of setting goals that draw you towards them as a magnet does. The secret lies not in will power, but in well-proven techniques that can help you become a high performer and that means achieving more for you….by you.
    • Identifying and creating balance/synergy between roles and goals

    What you will learn

    • Important ingredients of SMART & SMARTER goals
    • Developing an empowering goal statements
    • Creating a framework for goal setting and review                                     
    • Key components of effective goal setting
    • Techniques to improve your scheduling skills

    Facilitator:

    Diana Kawarsky, MA, CCP, President, The Soft Skills Group

    Register

  • Working in and leading a virtual team

    Date:  Thursday, April 23rd
    Time:  10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
    Target audience:  All employees
    Room:  Online by AdobeConnect

    Overview 

    Getting this right is important to your business. Despite the increasing trend in virtual working, the majority of virtual teams will suffer some form of performance failure. According to the Gartner Group – 50% of virtual teams fail due to a lack of understanding of how to work virtually. More recent reports suggest that failure rates in virtual teams may actually be as high as 70%. Although technology enables organizations to bring diverse and dispersed team members together, teams that interact virtually have difficulty collaborating effectively, gaining a shared understanding of goals and tasks, and/or achieving and maintaining the necessary levels of trust between team members.  Participants in this session will learn how to build a cohesive virtual team that best facilitates communication and collaboration amongst team members.

    What you will learn

    • MIT and Bell Lab study looking at how Distance impacts Communications
    • Review the 2 elements of what makes a virtual team successful and discuss how to incorporate these best practices
    • How do you build credibility when you virtual?
    • How do you show that you are reliable in a virtual environment?
    • How do you build trust when you are not face-to-face?
    • How to ensure your virtual team is provided timely information and kept in the loop
    • Techniques to manage from a distance
    • Case study
    • Managing Virtual Team Challenges including:
      • Building Relationships
      • Building and maintaining trust
      • Defining our common goal
    • How will these strategies help your virtual team be more successful?
    • Create a personal action plan

    Who Should Attend?

    This online session will benefit virtual team leaders and team members who work in and lead a virtual team.

    Facilitator:

    Deb Fletcher, Virtual Teambuilders

    register

  • Managing me at home

    Date: Monday, April 27th
    Time:  9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
    Target audience:  All employees
    Room:  Online by Zoom

    Overview 

    In this highly practical 2 hour webinar, you’ll learn self-management practices to help you stay focused, productive and engaged while working at home.

    • Intro: Lessons Learned. Examining the potential benefits and pitfalls of working at home.
    • Planning our work-at-home day. Setting ourselves up for success in a situation where we don’t have our normal work structures in place.
    • Kickstarting our work-at-home day. Getting the day started with a positive, productive state of mind.
    • Self Managing ourselves through the work-at-home day (where there’s no one else around and it’s easy to get distracted). Tips & best practices to help us stay focused, energized, “connected” and handle the unique distractions of working at home

    Facilitator:

    Doug Heidebrecht, Managing Me

    register


May

  • Resilience: Thriving in Times of Uncertainty & Change

    Date: Tuesday, May 5th
    Time:  2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
    Target audience:  All employees
    Room:  Online

    Do any of the following statements resonate with you?

    • Is the constant state of change, uncertainty, and complexity making it hard for you to be resilient?
    • Do you find it hard to bounce back from even small setbacks?
    • Would you like strategies to boost your resilience?

    Why this workshop?

    Even before we had the Coronavirus, today’s climate was often referred to as “VUCA times” - an environment of Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity, and Ambiguity.  Developing a capacity for resilience, regardless of the situation, is not only essential but critical.  Thriving means being able to constantly bounce back from challenges and uncertainty as well as periods of adversity.

    Fortunately, resilience can be learned and developed. The brain can rewire itself for greater resilience and adaptability.

    What you will learn:

    • What resilience is and why it’s so critical – especially at this unprecedented time
    • How the brain can be rewired for greater resilience
    • Discover factors making you more resilient that are easily within your control
    • Access research-proven strategies to improve your resilience
    • Create a resilience action plan

    Facilitator:

    Wendy Woods, Watershed Training Solutions

    Register

  • Change at Work - PROSCI & ADKAR in Action

    Date: Tuesday, May 12th
    Time:  1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
    Target audience:  All employees
    Room:  Online by Zoom

    Change is changing too…

    Consider that when a group changes, it is not only the organization that changes but rather the behaviours of individuals. New behaviour results and different professional or business outcomes are achieved. In other words, organizations don't change, only people within organizations

    Overview 

    This interactive online 90-minute workshop covers how you can better equip yourself to respond to the rate and pace of change changing, in addition to the specific change itself. It is a valuable resource as we all engage and manage change(s) every day.

    What you will learn

    • Create clear understandings of what choices, controls, and influences you have over change
    • Learn what to do when you successfully identify group development stages
    • Understand the value of the PROSCI approach
    • Apply ADKAR to your own on-the-job examples of change
    • Steps of effective change identification and overall management

    Facilitator:

    Diana Kawarsky, MA, CCP, President, The Soft Skills Group

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  • Documenting Process and Procedures

    Dates:  May 14th, May 21st, and May 28th
    Time:  10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
    Target audience:  All employees
    Room:  Online by Zoom

    Overview

    This course provides industry-wide design standards for structuring information, integrating text and graphics effectively, and making their documents more readable. Participants learn to improve their documents while reducing total writing time. 

    Participants will be provided with the tools and conventions to write documentation on an organization’s processes and procedures that is readable, easy to navigate and complete.

    Learn how to:

    • Apply a standard writing process to documents on processes or procedures
    • Explain the role and nature of process and procedures documents
    • Use the principles of each phase of the writing process
    • Apply specific guidelines for determining requirements for compliance and analyzing the audience
    • Organize descriptive and procedural information
    • Practice the documentation process with hands-on examples
    • Revise your documents for grammar and style.

    Facilitator:

    • Stephen De Paul, PhD

    REGISTER


LinkedIn Learning

LinkedIn Learning is an on-demand learning solution designed to help you gain new skills and advance your career. Logging in to your LinkedIn Learning offers a customized learning experience that features instructional content relevant to your professional interests and goals.

For FAQs and instructions on how to login to LinkedIn Learning, visit the IT Services website

LinkedIn Learning Monthly Challenges 

February Challenge
March Challenge
April Challenge

Strategically Focused LinkedIn Learning Courses

This is a collection of 16 courses to help students and staff stay connected and productive as they transition to work and learn from home.

Webinars

CCDI

The Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion (CCDI) hosts webinars on many relevant topics.  This is an excellent opportunity to support diversity and inclusion in Canada.  Review the CCDI webinar events calendar and follow the steps to register.

Cornerstone Group

The Cornerstone Group has launched Cornerstone Cares, an online destination that provides online learning playlists, each with multiple free training courses on these topics:

  • How to support the prevention of COVID-19 infection, published by leading global health organizations, including the World Health Organization and Johns Hopkins University
  • How to manage stress and anxiety in these uncertain times
  • How to stay productive and positive while working from home

Access by clicking on Cornerstone Cares

LinkedIn Learning

LinkedIn Learning for Staff and Faculty

Date: April 14, 12 p.m.

Register: http://bit.ly/StaffWeb2

This webinar will show you how to best take advantage of LinkedIn Learning for your courses, students, and your own personal development.

What you will learn:

  • what LinkedIn Learning is
  • how it can be leveraged inside of the classroom
  • demo features of the platform
  • discuss how it can be used for professional and personal development