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Classes and Workshops

Note: All listings on this page reflect Pacific Time. Unless noted otherwise, classes are held virtually via Zoom.

Class Spotlight 

NEW Required class for all managers: GROW Plus: Accountability Conversations for Managers  is part 2 in the training series on manager and employee performance conversations.  Sign up now to reserve your spot.  Several times and days available.

Virtual Fitness and Wellness Events: Sign up for interactive offerings and energize your body with dynamic fitness classes, enrich your mind with insightful webinars, and engage directly with expert instructors.

UCOP Safety Classes: Basic Awareness and Active Attacker Training: Learn how to feel informed, alert, and safe as you travel to and from the workplace and how to protect yourself in an active-shooter situation.


STEP Deadlines & Resources

STEP learning resources | Performance appraisal learning resources |  STEP learning resources and documents

Watch the short STEP overview video

Don’t Forget! 

The deadline for our final Staff Talent Evaluation Process (STEP) Check-in conversation, Finalize Criteria, is on March 29, 2024 . Prepare for your STEP Check-in with these classes and resources

Contact step@ucop.edu for all questions.  Download the STEP Guidebook  for step by step instructions.

Having Technical Issues with STEP? Review this FAQ

Upcoming Classes and Workshops

Excel Advanced Data Analysis

Online : Tuesday, March 5, 9:00am - 12:00pm

Microsoft Excel includes several tools that allow one to analyze large amounts of data. Master the use of these tools and change the way you do business. This two-part course will teach you how to use some of the tools built into Excel that enable you to mine the answers hidden in your data records and unlock the analysis power of Excel.

*Participants must attend both sessions on Tuesday, March 5 and March 12 from 9am-12pm PT to receive credit for the course.

Register for Excel Advanced Data Analysis

GROWing your Check-In Conversations for Managers

Online: Tuesday, March 5, 10:00am - 12:00pm

GROW is a popular coaching framework used around the world for problem solving, goal setting and performance improvement. This interactive session provides managers the opportunity to discuss and practice using the GROW framework as a strategy and tool to support engaging STEP checkpoint conversations. In a nutshell, GROW is a simple meeting structure that supports a growth and development stance in employee-manager coaching and feedback conversations.

The framework breaks down the conversation into 4 parts: Goal, Reality, Options, & Will:
1. Determine Goal
2. Discuss Current Reality
3. Discuss Options
4. Determine the Will

Note: The ecourse “GROWing your Checkpoint Conversations must be taken prior to this class”

Register for GROWing your Check-In Conversations for Managers

GROW Plus: Accountability Conversations for Managers

Online : Wednesday, March 6, 9:30am - 12:00pm

GROW Plus: Accountability Conversations for Managers is the second part in the live training series on manager and employee performance conversations. This training answers the question: What do I do when my coaching is not improving performance? In this virtual, live, and highly interactive workshop, we will cover providing productive critical feedback, managing emotions, creating efficient documentation, and holding effective accountability conversations. Managers will also practice having role Accountability Conversations using the UCOP GROW Plus framework. The previous STEP trainings are all prerequisites to this course.

Additional Sessions:

  • Wednesday, March 6 (9:30am-12pm PT)
  • Tuesday, March 19 (9:30am-12pm PT)
  • Friday, March 22 (9:30am-12pm PT)
  • Thursday, March 28 (9:30am-12pm PT)
  • Wednesday, April 3 (9:30am-12pm PT)
  • Additional dates available on The Learning Center
Register for GROW Plus: Accountability Conversations for Managers

Box Advanced

Online: Wednesday, March 6, 1:00 - 2:00pm

Want to know how to securely store sensitive data in Box? Interested in how to get data into Box via email or URL? Sign up for this advanced Box class and we will cover a wide range of topics including setting up alerts to monitor folders and using Box groups to manage department collaborations.

Register for Box Advanced

UCOP Safety: Basic Awareness

Online: Thursday, March 7, 1:00 - 2:00pm

Melissa Collins, Program Manager for Security, Risk and Resilience, will facilitate this live virtual class that will provide basic safety tips to help employees feel informed, alert, and safe as they travel to and from the workplace. Extra time will be allotted for questions and feedback.

Additional Sessions:

  • Thursday, April 18 (1-2pm PT)
  • Tuesday, May 14 (2-3pm PT)
  • Wednesday, June 5 (1-2pm PT)
Register for UCOP Safety: Basic Awareness

Fun Flow Yoga

Online : Friday, March 8, 8:30 - 9:00am

Join us for a fun flow yoga session that combines movement and breath in perfect harmony. Transition from one pose to the next with a graceful and fluid sequence. Experience a heightened sense of presence in every moment.

*Occurring every Friday, March 8 – April 19

Register by following the step-by-step instructions in the Quick Reference Guide (box-log in required).

Register for Fun Flow Yoga

Creating an Inclusive Culture: Intergenerational Collaborative Work Teams

Online: Friday, March 8, 10:00am - 12:00pm

In today’s workforce there are 5 generations that work alongside each other. Each generation, from youngest to oldest, spans 83 years, and includes values, assets, and viewpoints that enhance organizations, and enrich culture. While there is great benefit to organizations that experience this diversity, this array of experiences and talent can also create its challenges. This workshop is designed to define and understand culture within teams, identify the invisible strengths of each generation and how they contribute to the team dynamic, identify silent team “killers”, and develop methods to shape a diverse, and inclusive team grounded in equity.

Register for Creating an Inclusive Culture: Intergenerational Collaborative Work Teams

Same Dishes, Healthier Swaps

Online : Wednesday, March 13, 1:00 - 1:45pm

Healthy doesn’t have to be hard. Simple changes can lead to big transformation when it comes to increasing energy, adding vibrancy to skin, and boosting health from the inside out. The key is making those small changes consistent. Learn about nutritious swaps that you can make on the fly to start incorporating into your cooking.

Register by following the step-by-step instructions in the Quick Reference Guide (box-log in required).

Register for Same Dishes, Healthier Swaps

GROWing your Check-In Conversations for Employees

Online : Thursday, March 14, 10:00am - 12:00pm

In this session, participants will discuss the GROW framework and how to incorporate it into their checkpoints.  This two-hour virtual live workshop will provide employees with an opportunity to practice using the GROW framework in STEP check-ins and share tips and strategies for providing feedback.

The framework breaks down the conversation into 4 parts: Goal, Reality, Options, & Will:
1. Determine Goal
2. Discuss Current Reality
3. Discuss Options
4. Determine the Will .

Note: The ecourse “GROWing your Checkpoint Conversations must be taken prior to this class.”

Register for GROWing your Check-In Conversations for Employees

People Leader Forum - Recruitment Best Practices

Online: Friday, March 15, 1:00-2:00pm

The People Leader Forum is a monthly opportunity for people managers to connect with one another to develop leadership skills, build community, share best practices, swap strategies for navigating current challenges and learn to better support themselves and their teams.

Friday, March 15: Recruitment Best Practices – At this session, Talent Acquisition Manager Kelly Howard will share strategies for recruitment- including some new and improved LinkedIn tools.

2024 PLF Topics:

  • April 19: Team Professional Development Plans
  • May 17: Addressing Conflict in the Workplace

 

Register for People Leader Forum - Recruitment Best Practices

Write Right

Online : Tuesday, March 19, 9:00am - 12:00pm

This foundational 2-session course provides the basics of grammar and writing clearly. Participants learn key characteristics of good writers and practice those skills in the session. Participants learn the current, best practices in business writing. Topics include:

  • The sentence –the foundation of language—and how to punctuate it
  • Verbs—the heart and soul of every sentence
  • Grammar and capitalization guidelines
  • Key hints for writers

Note: Participants must attend both sessions on March 19 and 21 from 9am-12pmPT

Register for Write Right

UCOP Safety: Active Attacker Training

Online: Wednesday, March 20, 11:00am - 12:00pm

This live virtual class will teach participants skills and strategies to respond if exposed to active attacker situations. The course will review real-life incidents and discuss options in the event of potential similar encounters.

Additional Sessions:

  • Wednesday, April 10 (11am-12pm PT)
  • Thursday, May 23 (1-2pm PT)
  • Wednesday, June 12 (1-2pm PT)
Register for UCOP Safety: Active Attacker Training

Excel Intermediate/Advanced

Online : Wednesday, March 20, 9:00am - 12:00pm

In this 2-session course, you will learn core Excel features and rapidly build your skill sets around the following tools:

  • SumIFs, AveregeIFs, CountIFs : Get what you need from your data with minimal effort
  • Tables (with structured referencing): Look good and be organized
  • Pivot Tables: The easiest, best method to get unexpected and expected answers from you giant, messy data set

Note: Participants must attend both sessions on Wednesday, March 20 and March 27 from 9am-12pm PT.

Register for Excel Intermediate/Advanced

Collaborating Productively in Hybrid Meetings

Hybrid : Tuesday, March 26, 10:00 am - 12:00pm

This workshop features techniques to equip anyone leading hybrid meetings with the right preparation and processes to run meetings smoothly, increase participation and engagement, and include all voices, whether they’re joining in-person or virtually.

Objectives of the course are:

  • Addressing the biggest challenges meeting facilitators and participants face in a hybrid format
  • Understanding how to prepare, lead, and follow up on hybrid meetings
  • Learning processes for engaging hybrid meeting participants in productive brainstorming and decision-making

*Hybrid Oakland employees are encouraged to attend the in-person session.

Register for Collaborating Productively in Hybrid Meetings

Zoom Advanced

Online : Wednesday, March 27, 1:10 - 2:00pm

This workshop will cover the following topics: Personal Meeting ID; Advanced Web Portal Settings; Advanced Scheduling Options; Screen Sharing Options; Smart Recording; Zoom Rooms and Event Spaces; Q&A.

Register for Zoom Advanced

UCOP Creating Accessible Documents

Online : Wednesday, March 27, 10:00 - 11:30am

Digital accessibility is about ensuring users with disabilities can easily access and engage with any digital content. In this course, you will learn the principles of digital accessibility, how to generate accessible Microsoft Office Documents and how to export these to PDF.

Register for UCOP Creating Accessible Documents

Mindfulness Meditation to Reduce Stress & Anxiety at Work

Online : Tuesday, April 2, 9:00am - 12:00pm

In this course, we will cover the fundamentals of mindfulness and how mindfulness can help reduce stress and anxiety at work. This course is intended for people who are eager to grow and develop skillful means to navigate the challenges of stress and anxiety at work.

Register for Mindfulness Meditation to Reduce Stress & Anxiety at Work

Subtle Acts of Exclusion

Online : Thursday, April 4, 9:00am - 12:00pm

The term “microaggression” has become widely used, yet just as widely misunderstood. Join us as we reframe microaggressions as Subtle Acts of Exclusion (SAE). Explore the SAE framework and participate in group dialogue on how to normalize interrupting these acts and engage colleagues in discussion. In this session, participants will:

  • Reflect on socialization and its impact on our outlook, attitudes, and behaviors
  • Understand the shift in language from Microaggressions to Subtle Acts of Exclusion
  • Explore the Subtle Acts of Exclusion Framework
  • Participate in group dialogue on best practices to interrupt SAEs
Register for Subtle Acts of Exclusion

Excel Power Pivot

Online : Thursday, April 4, 9:00am - 12:00pm

Advance your Excel skills with learning Power Pivot. In this class you will become familiar with the PowerPivot application and import data, manipulate data in a PowerPivot worksheet, create reports using PowerPivot data, use DAX functions in PowerPivot, and distribute PowerPivot Data.

*Participants must attend both sessions on Thursday, April 4 and 11 from 9am-12pm PT to receive credit for the course.

Register for Excel Power Pivot

UCSB Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt Certification Training

Online: , Register for UCSB Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt Certification Training on

This certificate course will be facilitated UCSB Lean Six Sigma instructors at no cost to participants. Each cohort will consist of 3- four hour sessions with hands on practice, project simulations, and intersession homework. Attendance at all 3 sessions is mandatory for course completion. At the end of the cohort, Participants will receive a Yellow Belt certificate of completion.

To register login to the UC Learning Center and type UCSB Lean Six Sigma into the search bar at the top right of your screen.


Using the UC Learning Center

Registration: Log in to the UC Learning Center using your UCOP login and password. In the Search box on the left, enter the name of the class you want. Select the session you want, then select the Register box and Submit.

Cancellation: You can cancel your registration through the UC Learning Center.  We ask that you cancel 48 hours before the scheduled class time so that others may sign up, or contact the Learning & Development Team.

If you require any assistance or accommodation with finding, registering or attending a class please email the Learning & Development Team.