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L&D Opportunities

The Learning & Development Office provides a variety of opportunities for all employees at MSU Denver to seek the learning they need to stay up to date with individual and professional skills and knowledge. The newsletter lists upcoming webinars, workshops, conferences and other learning available to MSU Denver employees. Keep in mind that new opportunities are regularly becoming available through the L&D Office. Watch your email for notifications from or visit the L&D Calendar.

Additionally, other departments and offices around campus offer valuable learning and development opportunities. Watch for these announcements in your email or visit the University Workshops and Trainings Calendar


Add Your Training to the L&D Newsletter

Do you have a University-wide training and development initiative you would like us to add to this list? Email the Learning & Development team at

Foundational Brand Training

The MSU Denver Brand Certification Program will equip and ‘certify’ faculty and staff with the tips, tools and talking points to effectively promote the MSU Denver brand internally and externally — ensuring we are consistently ‘singing from the same songbook.’ The Foundational Brand Training will serve as a primer to our new brand platform and advertising campaign. It will give participants a fundamental understanding of our brand messaging, brand identity and ways to create more brand consistency across the University. These trainings will also help collect stories and interesting facts about MSU Denver departments, offices and areas that could be leveraged in future advertising and storytelling efforts. Coffee and snacks will be provided for all attendees.

Choose 1 Session:

REGISTER Tuesday, August 27, 2019 @ 10:00am – 11:30am in JSSB 400

REGISTER Tuesday, August 27, 2019 @ 2:00pm – 3:30pm in JSSB 400

REGISTER Wednesday, August 28, 2019 @ 10:00am – 11:30am in JSSB 400

Contact: Johanna Snow,


Document Accessibility Workshop

This Workshop will provide information about how to identify inaccessible materials, specifically PDFs, PowerPoints, and Word Documents, and provide methods to make these materials fully accessible. This will include hands-on training on the creation of accessible PDF documents from inaccessible image-based PDF documents. 

Choose 1 Session:

 REGISTER Tuesday, August 20, 2019 @ 10:00am – 11:30am in Central 103

 REGISTER Wednesday, August 28, 2019 @ 10:00am – 11:30am in Central 103

 Contact: Gabe Christie,


Teaching Effectiveness Institute

This institute is designed to introduce faculty to the basic principles of teaching, share information about teaching-related support resources available at MSU Denver, and discuss how faculty can address students’ learning needs. This institute will include interactive presentations by MSU Denver faculty and staff, and participants will have opportunities to network with both new and experienced MSU Denver faculty. This institute is geared toward those who are new to teaching as well as those wanting to refresh their knowledge about teaching fundamentals. Space is limited and advance registration is required.

Thursday, August 15, 2019 @ 8:30am – 12:30pm in Central 103

Contact: Margaret A. Schaeffer



TerminalFour New User Training

For new users, you will gain access to the TerminalFour Web Content Management System. Training will cover how to update web pages, import photos, upload documents and use the basic tools needed to update and maintain your department/program/service web site. This training is required for all Web Authors. Supervisor authorization is required.

Wednesday, August 14, 2019 @ 1:30pm – 4:30pm in JSSB 304

Contact: Chris Mancuso



Balance & Agility Workshop

MSU Denver Campus Recreation offers this FREE workshop for members who are looking for new ideas that can be implemented into a training program to help improve coordination, speed, power and reflexes. 

-Hands on balance and agility work that includes progressions and regressions on all exercises to meet your appropriate level of intensity.
-Program will include a 5-10 minute warm-up and cool-down.

Please come prepared to workout in exercise clothing and proper footwear. You will need to have a valid Fall 2019 Campus Recreation membership in order to participate.  Please see our staff at PE 108 for more information on getting your membership.   Pre-registration is required. 

Wednesday, August 28, 2019 @ 1:00pm – 1:45pm in PE 201

Contact: Louie Morphew



Roadrunners Lunch Buddies Program

The Lunch Buddies program soft launched in January 2019 and recently received a facelift! This program is designed to connect people around campus who may not necessarily interact on a regular basis. We're all here to do our part, and we can function more effectively when relationships (both professional and personal) are established and a better understanding can be made across departments.

  • Low commitment, high impact
  • Expand campus network & collaboration opportunities
  • Mentor (or get mentored)
  • Learn about the campus, departments and cool things around the Denver Metro area


Participants can opt-in monthly (feel free to skip months as needed) to be paired with a buddy from another department. Buddies will choose a day/time/location to meet (can brown bag it - don't feel obligated to pay for lunch each time), with an open agenda. Usually work is brought up where each buddy talks about their path to MSU Denver, department and role; but it's even better when a personal connection can be made. Either way, this program will help bond our campus community over information sharing and storytelling. You will be paired with a new buddy each month you opt-in, but you're encouraged to maintain relationships



Faculty Commons Lab

Located in West Classroom 243, this lab is available to MSU Denver faculty and staff who need a convenient support/training facility. The following resources are available for use by faculty:

  • 6 Mac/Windows Workstations
  • Adobe Creative Suite (Dreamweaver, Photoshop, Acrobat Professional, etc.)
  • Microsoft Office Suite

If you are using a laptop, please feel free to bring that with you as we have extra network connections for laptop usage in the lab.


Blackboard Learn Faculty Support Sessions

Blackboard Learn Faculty Support sessions provide a time and a place for faculty to work on course material with the assistance of ITS staff. If you need assistance, but are unable to attend a Blackboard faculty support session, please submit a Helpdesk Support Ticket for assistance. Be sure to provide the course information and CRN and a brief description of the issue. For more information, please see the support lab calendar.


Wells Fargo

MSU Denver has a partnership with Wells Fargo to deliver financial wellness coaching and training on topics such as general financial health, home buying and retirement advising. There are two options for assistance:

  1. Schedule a time for individual financial wellness coaching
  2. Schedule a time for Wells Fargo to come and speak with your team on a specific financial wellness topic

Interested in exploring this partnership? Contact the MSU Denver Wells Fargo representative, Phillip Belden at to schedule an appointment.

Academic Impressions (AI) offers training and professional development specific to higher education. All employees at MSU Denver have free access to most of AI’s live and recorded webcasts. While many more topics are covered, below is a highlight of the webcasts available. Even if you cannot attend the live webcast, you will be able to view it as a recorded webcast once it is released in that format. Instructions for logging in can be found on the Learning & Development Online Learning webpage.


 Live Webcast: Implement Teaching Strategies that Engage generation Z

Generation Z is the newest generation. Born after Millennials and now 14-24 years old, they’re likely in your classrooms in high numbers. Whether you associate this generation with positive or negative traits, you likely feel as though this is “one more dynamic” to keep pace with.

Join us online to get quick, practical tips to make teaching your Gen Z students easier and more productive. We’ll challenge stereotypes and offer suggestions around:

  • How to use video in your curriculum to engage with students and encourage their educational freedom
  • How to use texting to communicate and foster community
  • How to break long lectures into smaller pieces to encourage constant stimulation and problem-solving opportunities

These tips not only help make your classrooms more engaging for Gen Z, they’ll make a difference for those of other generations, too.

September 11, 2019 @ 11:00am – 12:00pm




Live Webcast: Engaging First-Gen Families to Drive Student Success

First-gen students need the support of their families to be successful during college, especially during the first year when the transition is most difficult. But for many first-gen families, the college environment is unfamiliar or even intimidating. They need support and direction from the institution.

Join us online to learn how to create an engaging first-year experience to help guide first-gen families through the college transition. During this webcast, we will share how two institutions with high percentages of first-gen students (both a community college and a 4-year university) engage with families. You’ll see how these schools progress beyond a family orientation to provide additional educational workshops and peer-to-peer support networks, and you’ll leave with strategies to evaluate the needs of your own first-gen families.

Expand your toolkit for first-gen students by joining us for our conference, developing a Comprehensive System of Support for First-Generation Students, designed to give you a wide variety of tools to best address the challenges your first-gen population faces and to give them the best chance at success.

Tuesday, August 13, 2019 @11:00am – 12:00pm

REGISTER is a free resource available to all MSU Denver faculty, staff and student employees. This highly-regarded online tutorial service offers thousands of video courses designed to enhance your software, creative, technology and business skills. Below is a highlight of some of the courses available. Instructions for logging in can be found on the Learning & Development Online Learning webpage.

SharePoint Online 2017: Beyond the Basics

Go beyond the basics and become a SharePoint power User. Dive deep into SharePoint Online and explore advanced customization and administration features that can help you meet the unique needs of your organization

Time: 3hr 32minutes

Contact/ Facilitators:                           

    Click Here to Learn

Leading Yourself

Before you can effectively lead others you need to lead yourself. In this course, learn how to manage your mindset, behaviors, and workplace relationships o help you stand out in your organization and in your industry as a leader.

Time: 54 minutes

Contact/ Facilitators:                           

    Click Here to Learn



The Colorado State Employee Assistance Program (C-SEAP) has been available as a confidential resource to state employees for over 30 years. In addition to short-term counseling, referrals and resources, C-SEAP also provides training and organizational development services free of charge to state employees. Below are trainings that will be offered on campus, as well as through Webinars


Webinar: Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders (PMAD) at Work

Stay tuned for more details! Speaker will provide an overview of Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders, strategies for coping, and information to assist the workplace in supporting parents in managing symptoms at work.

August 13, 2019 @ 10:00am – 11:15am

Contact/ Facilitators: C-SEAP, 303-866-4314



Webinar: Introduction to C-SEAP for Supervisors/Managers/HR

Learn about EAP services available to your employees. In addition, presenters will talk about use of EAP consultation in situations of concern involving team dynamics or conflict, reasonable suspicion, threats, or well-being of an employee. Tips and strategies for managers and supervisors will be provided.

August 21, 2019 @ 2:00pm – 3:00pm

Contact/ Facilitators: C-SEAP, 303-866-4314



Webinar: Workplace Respect and Professionalism

Identify how professionalism and communication style can influence how you set, maintain, and respect workplace boundaries. C-SEAP staff will present accepted standards of professionalism and how to maintain a respectful workplace.

August 29, 2019 @ 10:00am – 11:30am

Contact/ Facilitators: C-SEAP, 303-866-4314



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