Faculty and staff can now participate in free professional and leadership development programs offered by the University of Michigan.

Programs are offered by Organizational Learning, the central department for professional, career and leadership development. Many of these courses had been offered by Learning & Professional Development, which merged with Organizational Learning in 2017.

Beginning in September, the fee for most available courses will be eliminated. This change means faculty and staff across U-M will have greater access to development opportunities.

Available courses cover topics such as communication, self-development and leadership and management.

All in-person and online courses are available to faculty and staff on the Ann Arbor, Dearborn and Flint campuses and at Michigan Medicine. A list of in-person and online courses is available at hr.umich.edu/courses.

Free online courses through LinkedIn Learning

Thousands of online courses are also available at no cost to benefits-eligible faculty and staff through LinkedIn Learning, formerly Lynda.com.

Representatives from LinkedIn Learning and Organizational Learning will host three informational sessions on Aug. 8 in Ann Arbor. Information about LinkedIn Learning can be found at linkedinlearning.hr.umich.edu.

New leadership development offering

Foundations of Leadership is a new multi-day course that teaches best practices for managing and leading teams. It is designed for leaders new to the university or their role.

This course replaces previous courses such as Foundations of Supervision and Managing Successfully.

Foundations of Leadership is also available at no cost.

Sessions will be held at the Administrative Services Building and the North Campus Administrative Center.

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