Opportunities to continue to learn, grow, and transform are critical in today’s ever-changing world. We believe the following four broad themes of courses will assist CSU employees in their continued development:

  • Self Discovery
  • Interpersonal Skills
  • Team Effectiveness
  • Systems Thinking

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Build an understanding of how to be a competent, thoughtful, and introspective leader who values the talents and strengths of self and others.

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Explore the components vital to building and maintaining effective relationships that cultivate team success.

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Develop the skills to be a conscientious communicator capable of building and sustaining relationships for individual and organizational success.

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Emphasize the subtle interconnections within the whole – individual, team, and university.

Single Day Classes

Rotating classes from each of the four themed areas are offered fall, spring, and summer terms. These classes are two-three hours long.

Multi-Day Professional Development Workshops

These classes are held over several days or months, and will be noted as such in the My Learning training descriptions and learner notes.

Waitlist Tips

On occasion, our classes fill.  Because we are not providing waitlists for professional development electives unless enough learners request one for a specific training, please contact the My Learning support email  to request a waitlist. To read more about how the My Learning handles waitlists, please visit the Resources page of the My Learning website. If you have further questions, please contact the My Learning support email.

Crucial Conversations, 16 total hours

Crucial Conversations® is a 16-hour course that teaches skills for creating alignment and agreement by fostering open dialogue around high-stakes, emotional, or risky topics — at all levels of your organization.

By learning how to speak and be heard (and encouraging others to do the same), you’ll begin to surface the best ideas, make the highest-quality decisions, and then act on your decisions with unity and commitment.

*There is a $226 course fee for Crucial Conversations. This fee must be paid before the first class starts.

Since Jan. 2014, more than 420 CSU employees have participated in this workshop.

Comments from participants:

  • I find myself thinking about what we learned on a daily basis now.  – Laura
  • Gained additional skills that will make me more proficient with staff and managers.  – Kevin
  • Well-presented and easy to understand.  – Gayle
  • The videos were well done and helpful.  – Kristi

Learn more about Crucial Conversations (external site)

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Emerging Leaders, 13 total hours

Do you know where your professional path is leading you? Are you interested in developing your leadership qualities for the future? Based on Kouzes’s and Posner’s bestselling book “The Leadership Challenge”, this two-day retreat will explore key concepts of leadership through thought provoking exercises that will assist you in determining your future leadership goals. This 13-hour off campus retreat is broken up into two 6.5 hour sessions. This course will help participants to reflect on their personal values and leadership vision for the future.

Comments from participants:

  • Thank you so much for this series—so important for building a healthy group of leaders here at CSU. Thank you for getting us off campus—it helped me unplug and focus on these.
  • This was an amazing opportunity. Grateful for the opportunity to experience such incredible classes on CSU campus.

Mindful Leadership Advance, 16 total hours

In this two-part series offered jointly by TILT and TD, learn techniques of mindfulness to improve your leadership effectiveness. We live in a VUCA world, meaning that situations marked by volatility, uncertainty, chaos, and ambiguity dominate. It is no wonder that in response, so many leaders experience a lack of focus, extreme distraction, and frenzied multitasking. During this Advance, you will learn research and techniques of mindfulness to improve your leadership effectiveness. Topics include strengths & mindfulness; mindful communication & mindful scheduling; vulnerability, habits & mindfulness; and much more. Instead of calling these events a “retreat,” we are capturing the transformative potential in the name, Advance, since mindfulness applied to the act of leadership can provide a roadmap to transformation. This 16-hour Advance is broken up into two 8-hour sessions.

Comments from participants:

  • I actually was able to connect to a part of myself that I hadn’t “spoken to” in a while and really enjoyed the introspection.
  • I learned] a better understanding of who I am and how I function— it’s freeing to know myself better!
  • I will take the focus fundamental and my strengths and values to tackle my excessive multi-tasking and see if I am able to be more productive focusing on 1 or 2 things at a time.
  • Food for thought that all my values and strengths/talents are relevant for thoughtful ways to lead more mindfully.

Additional Training

Many departments at CSU offer training for faculty and staff on topics from career planning to course development to computer applications. Several of these departments are on My Learning today. Contact us if you need help finding the right course or department.

NOTE: Later in the fall you will be able to register for classes from HR and Business Financial Services through My Learning as well.

Individual Professional Development Transcripts

Your My Learning Dashboard COMPLETED section provides a list of your Professional Development Live Training, Course, Checkpoint and Program completions. Printable certificates are enabled for several of these learnables. This dashboard will be your Professional Development Transcript for classes completed through any department that offers trainings on the My Learning platform. If you believe you have completed something that is not showing up, please email