Develop and Learn

Employee Learning Week

WashU to host Learning Week December 3 – 7 in support of the value of workplace learning.

Employee Learning Week is an awareness campaign highlighting the important connection between learning and achieving organizational results. Training is more important now than ever before. The growing skills gap and increased need to compete in today’s economy require organizations to develop a knowledgeable and highly skilled workforce. Human Resources’ Learning and Development will host various events across campus in support of your lifelong learning.

Day 1 – A Taste of Micro-Learning (Virtual Event)

Monday, December 3, 2018

Experience learning in a short burst! Watch one or all of the 2-5 minute expert-driven micro-learning videos on topics including Change, Resilience, and Influencing. Links to each video will be provided by HR Learning and Development.

Get together with 2 to 3 of your peers to discuss key insights and share your key takeaways from the videos you viewed.

Watch a video with your team and discuss how you can apply principles in the workplace.

Competency: Change

Looking Ahead for Personal Change by Dr. Terry Paulson

Getting New Change After Change Burnout by Dr. Carol Kinsey Goman

Making Change Less Difficult by Dr. Jan Ferri-Reed

Competency: Resilience

Taking Time to be Resilient by Dr. Jan Ferri-Reed

Leading Up: Setbacks and Resilience by John Baldoni

5 Ways to Turn Obstacles into Opportunities by Dr. Jeanne Porter King

Competency: Influencing

6-Point Road Map for Learning to Influence by Dr. Jeanne Porter King

Effective Influencing by Rick Lepsinger

Setting the Stage to Influence by Ruth Shlossman

Day 2 – Learning with Lynda Live and On-Demand (Virtual Event & In-person on the Danforth Campus)

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

A day of on demand learning highlighting
Two ways to take part in this event:

  1. Experience just in time learning by bringing the classroom to wherever you are. Employees can access thousands of competency building courses on
    Review one of the recommended courses or identify a course of your choice
  2. Attend the Learning with Lynda Live event to watch a pre-selected course with your peers. Topic: Managing Up.
    Debrief discussion with peer afterwards.
    Time: 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm Location: Danforth University Center, Room #234 – Registration required. Lunch provided!


Day 3 – Learning & Development Learning Fair (In-person Event on the Medical School Campus)

Wednesday, December 5, 2018
11:00 am – 2:00 pm, Medical School – EPNEC, Mezzanine

Learn about development opportunities and programs available to Washington University employees. Meet your HR Learning and Development team and our internal development partners, including University College, Brown School, S.T.A.R. Program – Research Administration, HR Wellness team, and the Technology and Leadership Center – School of Engineering.

Sign-up to become a member of the new HR Learning & Development quarterly development book club. Everyone who signs-up for the book club will be entered into a drawing to win a free copy of the first book selection.

Multiple drawings to win complimentary registration for development workshops valued from $100 – $900

Learning Byte: Mini Sessions – Want an alternative to a one hour session? Stop by for one of two mini 45-minute learning byte sessions, which will run concurrently with the Learning Fair and get practical insights on presented topics. This is a great opportunity to network with other WU Learners.

Registration required. Lunch provided!

Session One: A Taste of Mindfulness
11:00 am – 11:45 am, Medical School – EPNEC, Seminar Room B

Session Two: Achieving a Growth Mindset
12:00 – 12:45, Medical School- EPNEC, Seminar Room B


Day 4 – Celebrating Learning Across Campus (Virtual Event)

Thursday, December 6, 2018
Your Office or Workplace Location | All Day

Tips for additional Experiential Learning opportunities. Manager’s development discussion with employees tips.

Create, explore, and experience learning opportunities within your workplace by implementing Learning and Development’s recommended tips, such as:

Job shadow or job rotation

Discuss the potential of increasing your scope of work

Share something you’ve learned with a colleague

Complete an Individual Development Plan- (IDP)


Day 5 – Recognizing Our Learners (Virtual Event)

Friday, December 7, 2018

Let’s celebrate and recognize our employee learners by providing them learning kudos for investing in their personal/professional growth.

Tips for recognizing learners in the workplace:

Leaders can recognize the learners on their team by issuing learning kudos:  Recognize them in person or write a thank you note to tell them how their commitment to continuous learning is making a difference in their team’s success. Plan a special celebration/lunch to recognize your learners. We have provided a Learning Kudos Certificate template as a simple way to recognize learners.

Learners can thank individuals in the workplace who have personally impacted their learning and growth, such as their leaders, colleagues, peers, mentors, coaches, etc. Tell them in person, write a thank you note, or take them to lunch.