Learning Opportunity Resources

Featured Learning Opportunity - Universal Class

Universal Class is an online learning resource that offers a wide variety of professional development courses. See what JE participants have to say about Universal Class.

"I like that I can work online at my own pace, and that I receive my certificate quickly!"

"There are so many courses to choose from and new ones are added all the time. I can always find courses that help me improve my skills!"

"It is great receiving feedback from the online instructors."

 

Employees and Supervisors should collaboratively identify the most relevant and applicable learning for an employee’s role with the University. The following learning opportunity resources can be used as an idea starter to assist in determining appropriate learning as it pertains to professional development and job growth. This is not intended to be an exhaustive list of resources.

Academic Course

Academic courses offered by Miami University as well as other educational institutions may be eligible for Job Enrichment credit. 

Access: Follow the application/registration process specific to the institution offering the course.

Testing: Obtain a passing grade if taken for credit.

Submission Requirements:

  • Submit JEP Learning Opportunity Form to HR Staff Development within 6 months of completion along with:
    • copy of final grade including date/semester completed, and
    • course syllabus

Cost: All costs associated with academic courses are the responsibility of the employee (tuition fee waiver benefit may apply for Miami University courses).

American Culinary Federation (ACF)

Chefcertification.com is an online learning portal providing access to online training courses specific to nutrition, cooking, and the culinary fields. Chefcertification.com provides user-friendly online courses that help aspiring chefs reach their ACF Chef Certification goals. By taking courses using our self-paced online service, staff earns the required credit hours for initial certification or certification renewal, all from the comforts of home or the confines of work. There are no term schedules; students may register online at any time.

Access: Contact your JEP Administrator

Testing:

  • All quizzes/tests are automatically graded online. After each quiz, a list of missed questions (and your answers) is generated by the database. This gives you a better opportunity to brush up on your knowledge, and (if needed) take the quiz again.
  • Once you complete the course, you are greeted with a confirmation of completion. You will receive an authentic certificate of completion via email within a week.

Submission Requirements:

Cost: Campus Services centrally covers the cost for courses listed on a Professional Development Plan for a Food and Beverage Team Member and approved by the area Director. Average cost for a preliminary course is $150.  Average Cost range for a refresher course is $25 - $65.

American Management Association (AMA) - UPDATE! New Process

American Management Association (AMA) courses are self-study books designed to enhance your professional development skills.

Access: Department approval required prior to ordering. Ordering and payment process

Testing:

  • Follow the “How to take this course” instructions in the front of the AMA course book.
  • Submit pre-test (optional) and post-test form to AMA for grading to:
    • American Management Association
      Attention: Customer Care
      600 AMA Way
      Saranac Lake, NY 12983
  • Obtain a grade of 70% or greater on the post-test.
  • Re-testing:
    • If a post-test score is below 70%, the test can be retaken one time. Contact mleon@amanet.org.

Submission Requirements:

Cost: All costs associated with AMA books are paid for by the employee's department budget and retained by the department. The current retail price averages $159; Miami University receives a 50% discount off retail prices.

CE Direct

CE Direct provides online learning opportunities for allied health professionals and nutrition professionals. ContinuingEducation.com/cedirect is an online learning portal providing access to online training courses specific to nutrition, dietetics and the restaurant field.

Access: Contact your JEP Administrator

Testing: Obtain a grade of 75% or greater on the overall assessment.

Submission Requirements:

Cost: Campus Services centrally covers the cost for courses listed on a Professional Development Plan for a Food and Beverage Team Member. Average cost for one person to have unlimited access is $12.25 per year.

Cleaning Management Institute (CMI)

Cleaning Management Institute (CMI) is a Custodial Technician self-study book that is split into two levels, Basic and Advanced. The Basic Level includes six modules, and the Advanced Level contains three modules. Each module covers a different cleaning subject and each has a corresponding proctored, certification exam.

Access: Contact your JEP Administrator

Testing:

  • Contact your JEP Administrator to schedule a test
  • Test is an open book, proctored exam
  • Exam answer sheets are sent to company for grading
  • Grades are sent for each module directly to you
  • Obtain a grade of 80% or greater on each module test.
  • Re-testing:
    • If the test score is below 80%, the test can be retaken after 3 weeks from the original test date.
    • Each module is graded independently; therefore, you only need to retake the modules in which a score below 80% was received.

Submission Requirements:

Cost: Campus Services and Physical Facilities centrally cover the cost for courses listed on a Professional Development Plan for staff within their respective department and approved by the area Director. Cost for a Basic or Advanced CMI test is $54.99. Cost for a Basic or Advanced retest is $24.99 per module. Cost for a study guide is $54.99 for Basic, and $99.99 for Advanced. 

Education Institute (EI)

The American Hotel and Lodging Educational Institute (AHLEI) offers more than 30 hospitality management courses, available through traditional home study (correspondence courses called “Distance Learning” Opportunities) or online through our “CourseLine®” program. Take individual courses or work toward earning Areas of Specialization certificates, a Hospitality Fundamentals certificate, a Hospitality Operations certificate, a Hospitality Management Diploma or a Food and Beverage Management Diploma.

Access: Contact your JEP Administrator

Testing:

  • Proctored exam
  • Must obtain 70% or higher

Submission Requirements:

Cost: Campus Services centrally covers the cost for certifications listed on a Professional Development Plan for a Campus Services Team Member and approved by the area Director.  Average cost range for a certification is $125 - $180.

ed2go

Continuing Education in Global Initiatives, in collaboration with ed2go, offers a wide range of interactive online courses. The online courses are affordable, convenient, and may qualify for Miami’s Job Enrichment Program. These classes are not for college credit and may require additional supplies, computer software, and texts. The Professional Development Online Instruction Center offers a wide range of courses from computer applications such as Microsoft Word and Excel, to website development, and language courses to name just a few. The Career Training Online Instruction Center provides a robust learning center where you can learn specific trades such as computer science, construction & trades, and computer applications. Most of these courses provide the required education needed in order to take certification exams in the specific field.

Access: Professional Online Instruction Center | Career Training Online Instruction Center

Testing:

For the professional development courses, you must pass the final exam with a 65% or higher in order to receive a certificate of completion. Each career training course has its own final exam policy.

Submission Requirements:

Cost: Professional development courses range from $105–$129. Career training courses range from $499 to $5,495. Since these are non-credit bearing, the Miami tuition fee waiver does not apply. However, some departments have covered the cost of the courses when they pertain directly to the staff’s job duties, some departments have not. Be sure to speak with your supervisor regarding payment prior to enrolling.

Hoonuit

Hoonuit is an online learning tool offering professional development courses including Microsoft Office, customer service and personal growth.

Access: Hoonuit (Miami unique ID and password required)

Testing:

  • Course is taken online
  • Courses may include assignments
  • Course test is completed and a certificate of completion is awarded
  • Briefs, simulations and videos are not eligible for Job Enrichment credit.

Submission Requirements:

Cost: Miami's license allows all faculty, staff, and students to access nearly 50,000 step-by-step tutorials.

Human Resources Staff Development - Individual Development Workshops

HR Staff Development offers individual development workshops and technical skills training. These workshops are designed for faculty and staff at all levels within the University who are interested in developing skills for professional growth. A calendar of courses is available, listing courses offered by month.

Access: Train

Testing: Courses may include prework, in-class participation, postwork and course evaluation.

Submission Requirements:

  • Course attendance is automatically captured in MyCard upon tapping your Miami ID.
  • JE Credit may be issued pending your status in the Job Enrichment Program.

Cost: All costs associated with HR Staff Development workshops are paid centrally through Staff Development.

Innovative Educators - SOCHE Education - New Resource!

Innovation Educators provides access to over 300 professional development training courses, as well as access to unlimited webinars for faculty, administrators and staff. This valuable resource is available at no cost to members of the Southwestern Ohio Council For Higher Education (SOCHE) and Miami University is a member! 

Access: 

  1. Go to Innovative Educators and enter Miami's coupon code "SOCHE17" and select Lookup Member Site.
  2. Click the link provided to create your account (one time only)
  3. Once you have an account, you can access directly here.
  4. Scroll down to "Search Digital Library" for learning categories.

Testing: All course content must be viewed.

Submission Requirements:

  • Submit JEP Learning Opportunity Form to HR Staff Development within 6 months of completion along with documentation such as:
  • Proof of successful completion or attendance:
    • certificate of completion

Cost: Innovation Educators webinars are available at no cost to Miami University employees using the SOCHE17 coupon code.

Lynda.com from LinkedIn - New Resource!

Lynda.com has more than 6,600 courses, ranging from computer programming to project management including instruction on various computer software, programming languages, and business topics.

Access: Lynda.com (new users must register to create an account)

Testing:

  • Course is taken online
  • Courses may include assignments and tests

Submission Requirements:

Cost: Lynda.com is offered through Lane Library at no cost to users.

NCCER

The training programs offered by NCCER meet national industry standards. Individual modules may be completed at home and at the participant’s pace. Course completion timeframe may vary for each module. Points do not expire for participants in the Apprenticeship Program.

Access: Contact your JEP Administrator

Testing:

  • Obtain a 70% or higher
  • Re-testing:
    • If the test score is below 70%, the test can be retaken after 3 weeks from the original test date.

Submission Requirements:

Cost: Physical Facilities centrally covers the cost for courses listed on a Professional Development Plan for staff within their department and approved by the area Director.  Average cost range for a course is $79 - $122.

Penn Foster

Develop your skills with accredited, trade-specific training from Penn Foster. This program provides hands-on training and practical exercises that will allow you to receive a career diploma. The coursework may be completed at home, and at a pace that’s right for you. The completion timeframe varies for each program. Points do not expire for participants in the Apprenticeship Program.

Access: Contact your JEP Administrator

Testing: Obtain a passing grade for the course.

Submission Requirements:

Cost: Physical Facilities centrally covers the cost for courses listed on a Professional Development Plan for staff within their department and approved by the area Director.  Average cost to complete coursework for a career diploma varies by trade.

Skillport

Skillport is an online learning portal providing access to elearning courses designed to enhance business and technical skills.

Access: Skillport (Miami unique ID and password required)
Mobile Access: Skillport - you will be required to login and send a push to access courses

Testing:

  • All course content must be viewed.
  • Must spend a minimum of 35% of the vendor’s expected duration in the course.
    • To calculate 35%: course minutes x .35 = minimum time required for JE Credit
  • Obtain a grade of 70% or greater on the overall assessment.
  • Skillport books, briefs, simulations and videos are not eligible for Job Enrichment credit.

Submission Requirements

Cost: All costs associated with Skillport are paid centrally through Staff Development.

TPC Training

TPC Training consists of self-study books designed to enhance industrial, maintenance, and business skills for service and maintenance professionals. Each course consists of multiple lessons, programmed exercises, and self-check quizzes for optimal learning. All courses include a final exam proctored by the appropriate Job Enrichment Administrator.

Access: Contact your JEP Administrator

Testing:

  • Contact your JEP Administrator to schedule a test.
  • Test is a onsite, closed book, proctored exam within 72 hours
  • Obtain a grade of 70% or greater on the final exam.
  • Re-testing:
    • If the test score is below 70%, the test can be retaken after 3 weeks from the original test date.

Submission Requirements:

Cost: Campus Services and Physical Facilities centrally cover the cost for courses listed on a Professional Development Plan for staff within their respective department and approved by the area Director.  Average cost range for a course is $57 - $85.

Universal Class - Featured Learning Opportunity!

Universal Class is an online learning program offered through local public libraries that provides a diverse offering of intellectually stimulating courses for people interested in the lifelong pursuit of knowledge for either personal or professional reasons.

Access: Universal Class (new users must register to create an account)

Testing:

  • Course is taken online
  • Courses may include assignments
  • Course test is completed and a certificate of completion is awarded

Submission Requirements:

Cost: Universal Class is offered through Lane Library at no cost to users.

University Sponsored Non-Academic Learning Opportunities

University Sponsored Non-Academic Learning Opportunities can change from year to year. As a result, the points you can earn from completing them may vary. Please contact your Job Enrichment Administrator for eligible points.

Access: Responsibility of employee and/or supervisor

Testing: Varies per learning opportunity

Submission Requirements:

  • Course attendance may be automatically captured in MyCard upon tapping your Miami ID.
  • JE Credit may be issued pending your status in the Job Enrichment Program.
  • If attendance is not automatically captured in MyCard, submit JEP Learning Opportunity Form to HR Staff Development within 6 months of completion along with documentation such as:
    • Event description with learning objectives
    • Detailed agenda, including time frames, indicating sessions attended
    • Proof of successful completion or attendance:
      • letter or certificate of completion

Cost: Costs associated for these events are the responsibility of the employee and/or department.

Webinars, Conferences, Specialized Training and Other Learning Resources

It is recommended that JE participants seek out learning resources that would be most relevant for their role and provide the best opportunity to develop skills and grow professionally. Collaborate with your supervisor to list the areas you want to focus on for your development and then identify relevant and applicable learning opportunities to achieve your goals. These learning opportunities might include webinars, conferences, specialized training, certifications, and product/vendor training.

Feel free to explore these professional organization sites to discover other learning opportunities!

Access: Responsibility of employee and/or supervisor

Testing: Varies per learning opportunity resource

Submission Requirements:

  • Submit JEP Learning Opportunity Form to HR Staff Development within 6 months of completion along with documentation such as:
    • Event description with learning objectives
    • Detailed agenda, including time frames, indicating sessions attended
    • Learning event provider information (organization, instructor name, phone, website, email address, etc.)
    • Documentation from learning vendor:
      • registration confirmation
      • certification hours
      • certificate of completion or other attendance verification
      • test results with passing score requirements

Cost: Costs associated for these learning opportunities are the responsibility of the employee and/or department.

Note:  It is important to collaborate with your supervisor to identify the most relevant and applicable learning for your role.

  • Some of the resources listed above offer content that is very specific and only appropriate for roles related to that content (e.g., CE Direct learning is intended for health and nutrition professionals).
  • Other resources listed above offer a variety of content including some topics that may be appropriate for all roles, some content that is intended for specific roles, and some content that is not appropriate for Job Enrichment (e.g., Universal Class-Cross Cultural Communication is appropriate for everyone; Electronics 101 is appropriate for specific roles; and Positive Parenting Techniques is not appropriate for Job Enrichment).