Learning and Engagement
Working at UBCO provides all faculty & staff with the opportunity to continuously learn and grow professionally. Scroll down to discover a wide variety of programs and resources to help you in your career journey.
If you can’t find what you are looking for here, please reach out to our Workplace Learning & Engagement Consultant, Shannon Ballance.
Workplace Learning On the Go
Workplace Learning Ecosystem (aka Canvas)
Browse, enroll and track your learning in UBC’s online learning platform, Canvas. Check out opportunities for orientation, wellbeing, professional development, and other valuable courses. Courses may be free or if there is a cost, look for “PD Fund eligible” and talk to your manager to see if eligible.
Browse through thousands of self-paced online learning courses from industry experts from a wide variety of topics in LinkedIn Learning, available for all UBC faculty & staff. For more information and to sign up for access to LinkedIn Learning, please visit LinkedIn Learning for UBC.
Events and Workshops
Along with Human Resources, Workplace Learning at UBCO offers workshops for faculty and staff to improve your effectiveness at work, as well as to support your professional and personal development. Check out our online calendar for more information.
Professional Development Funding
Professional development funding is available to several employee groups to support access to learning opportunities that enhance knowledge, work performance, and career growth at UBC.
Navigating Your Career at UBC
Visit our career retention, navigation and transition site to learn about creating a personalized career development plan, to provide you with a step-by-step process to map your career, set new goals and move forward.
Performance conversations are a thoughtful and productive two-way conversation with your manager or supervisor about your career development.
The UBC Tuition Waiver provides eligible UBC staff and faculty with tuition assistance for approved undergraduate, graduate or non-credit courses and certificate programs. See Tuition Waivers for more information.
Learning Service Providers
Many UBC units offer learning opportunities to faculty and staff.
Managing @ UBC
The Managing at UBC Program is open to M&P staff who have staff reporting directly to them and is designed to support them in their role, recognizing the significant responsibility they hold for employee performance, engagement and achievement of unit goals.
Academic Leadership Development
The Academic Leadership Development Program is a nine-month program designed for new academic leaders, providing tools and support.
Coaching for Staff and Faculty
At UBC, we offer FREE 1-on-1 professional coaching services for staff and faculty, as well as opportunities to become a certified coach. Grow professionally and personally by being more coach-like in your conversations.
Awards and Recognition
UBC’s community members contribute to the success of the University in many ways. Whether it be through teaching, volunteer work and service, or research, UBC celebrates these achievements through awards and recognition programs throughout the year.
Find out more about UBC’s various awards and recognition initiatives:
- President’s Service Award for Excellence (open to staff at all UBC campuses)
- UBC Okanagan Staff Awards of Excellence (open to staff at the Okanagan campus)
- UBC Okanagan Length of Service Recognition Program (open to staff and faculty at the Okanagan campus)
- Faculty Awards (open to faculty at the Okanagan Campus)
Supporting Organizational Development
New to UBCO Orientation
New to UBCO Orientation Course now available in Canvas!
Orientation is offered 3-4 times per year. This interactive half-day session starts with a welcome from Senior Leadership, then led by members of your Human Resources team along with special guests will introduce you to UBCO culture and provide opportunities to make connections with other new UBC community members. The session includes a behind the scenes campus tour.
2023 Dates: March 2nd, June 1st, August 15th, November 28th
For more information, please contact Kerry Ann Kozak.
New faculty and staff are also encouraged to visit the Welcome Center, where you can sign up for benefits, find out more about the Okanagan and UBC, and links to other organizational resources.
Managers can also access onboarding checklists to help ensure a smooth transition for new faculty and staff. See Recruiting Staff for checklists.
The Welcome Back BBQ, Info Fair and Principal Town Hall, an annual event held late August or early September, is designed to give incoming faculty and new staff the opportunity to meet representatives of various service units, and find out more about what resources are available to them. For more info on this year’s event see the events calendar.