Council gets preview of online employee learning system

A central online hub for employee learning is in the works, with a fall rollout planned. Julie Nuter, associate vice president for university human resources (UHR), told Professional and Scientific Council members at their Aug. 6 meeting that the university-wide learning management system would house training and development opportunities from several units.

"It is a one-stop location for seeking out training and development opportunities at the university that are not academic in nature," Nuter said.

"Learn@ISU" is being built on a system that Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S) already has in place and will offer a "course catalog" that can be searched by topic, date or the unit offering the training. Once the system is up and running, UHR's current registration method in AccessPlus will be discontinued.

In addition to UHR and EH&S, Nuter said courses from several partners on the project may be added to the system, including:

  • Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT)
  • Center for Industrial Research and Service (CIRAS)
  • Dean of students office
  • Department of public safety
  • Provost office
  • Purchasing department
  • University library

"The system is set up in such a way that even though the platform is centrally managed, all those partners can administer their own training," Nuter said.

She said the system provides several reporting options, from individual transcripts to unit and university-wide participation data.

New award

The awards committee proposed the creation of another CYtation Award, this one to recognize an outstanding new P&S Council member. The criteria would include members who have served no more than 18 months on council.

If approved next month, the new award would be the fourth CYtation award (individual, team and Woodin) presented annually by the P&S Council. It's the only CYtation award reserved for council members.