Development Resources

These development resources are for faculty and staff at the university who are interested in developing skills for professional growth. Professional Development is critical to help the university support and achieve our mission of educating students.     

American Management Association (AMA) 

American Management Association (AMA) courses are self-study books designed to enhance your professional development skills.

Access: Department approval required prior to ordering. Ordering and payment process

Testing:

  • Follow the “How to take this course” instructions in the front of the AMA course book.
  • Submit pre-test (optional) and post-test form to AMA for grading to:
    • American Management Association
      Attention: Customer Care
      600 AMA Way
      Saranac Lake, NY 12983
  • Obtain a grade of 70% or greater on the post-test.
Cost: All costs associated with AMA books are paid for by the employee's department budget and retained by the department. The current retail price averages $159; Miami University receives a 50% discount off retail prices.

CE Direct

CE Direct provides online learning opportunities for allied health professionals and nutrition professionals. ContinuingEducation.com/cedirect is an online learning portal providing access to online training courses specific to nutrition, dietetics and the restaurant field.

Access: 

Testing: Obtain a grade of 75% or greater on the overall assessment.

Cost: Campus Services centrally covers the cost for courses listed on a Professional Development Plan for a Food and Beverage Team Member. Average cost for one person to have unlimited access is $12.25 per year. 

Education Institute (EI)

The American Hotel and Lodging Educational Institute (AHLEI) offers more than 30 hospitality management courses, available through traditional home study (correspondence courses called “Distance Learning” Opportunities) or online through our “CourseLine®” program. Take individual courses or work toward earning Areas of Specialization certificates, a Hospitality Fundamentals certificate, a Hospitality Operations certificate, a Hospitality Management Diploma or a Food and Beverage Management Diploma.

Access: 

Testing:

  • Proctored exam
  • Must obtain 70% or higher 
Cost: Campus Services centrally covers the cost for certifications listed on a Professional Development Plan for a Campus Services Team Member and approved by the area Director.  Average cost range for a certification is $125 - $180.

ed2go

Continuing Education in Global Initiatives, in collaboration with ed2go, offers a wide range of interactive online courses. The online courses are affordable, convenient, and may qualify for Miami’s Job Enrichment Program. These classes are not for college credit and may require additional supplies, computer software, and texts. The Professional Development Online Instruction Center offers a wide range of courses from computer applications such as Microsoft Word and Excel, to website development, and language courses to name just a few. The Career Training Online Instruction Center provides a robust learning center where you can learn specific trades such as computer science, construction & trades, and computer applications. Most of these courses provide the required education needed in order to take certification exams in the specific field.

Access: Professional Online Instruction Center | Career Training Online Instruction Center

Testing:

For the professional development courses, you must pass the final exam with a 65% or higher in order to receive a certificate of completion. Each career training course has its own final exam policy.

Cost: Professional development courses range from $105–$129. Career training courses range from $499 to $5,495. Since these are non-credit bearing, the Miami tuition fee waiver does not apply. However, some departments have covered the cost of the courses when they pertain directly to the staff’s job duties, some departments have not. Be sure to speak with your supervisor regarding payment prior to enrolling.

Hoonuit

Hoonuit is an online learning tool offering professional development courses including Microsoft Office, customer service and personal growth.

Access: Hoonuit (Miami unique ID and password required)

Testing:

  • Course is taken online
  • Courses may include assignments
  • Course test is completed and a certificate of completion is awarded
Cost: Miami's license allows all faculty, staff, and students to access nearly 50,000 step-by-step tutorials.

Human Resources Staff Development - Individual Development Workshops

HR Staff Development offers individual development workshops and technical skills training. These workshops are designed for faculty and staff at all levels within the University who are interested in developing skills for professional growth. A calendar of courses is available, listing courses offered by month.

Access: Train

Testing: Courses may include prework, in-class participation, postwork and course evaluation.

Cost: All costs associated with HR Staff Development workshops are paid centrally through Staff Development.

Innovative Educators - SOCHE Education - New Resource!

Innovation Educators provides access to over 300 professional development training courses, as well as access to unlimited webinars for faculty, administrators and staff. This valuable resource is available at no cost to members of the Southwestern Ohio Council For Higher Education (SOCHE) and Miami University is a member! 

Access: 

  1. Go to Innovative Educators and enter Miami's coupon code "SOCHE17" and select Lookup Member Site.
  2. Click the link provided to create your account (one time only)
  3. Once you have an account, you can access directly here.
  4. Scroll down to "Search Digital Library" for learning categories.

Testing: All course content must be viewed.

Cost: Innovation Educators webinars are available at no cost to Miami University employees using the SOCHE17 coupon code.

Lynda.com from LinkedIn - New Resource!

Lynda.com has more than 6,600 courses, ranging from computer programming to project management including instruction on various computer software, programming languages, and business topics.

Access: Lynda.com (new users must get a Lane Library card and register to create an account)

Testing:

  • Course is taken online
  • Courses may include assignments and tests 

Cost: Lynda.com is offered through Lane Library at no cost to users. 

Skillport

Skillport is an online learning portal providing access to elearning courses designed to enhance business and technical skills.

Access: Skillport (Miami unique ID and password required)
Mobile Access: Skillport - you will be required to login and send a push to access courses

Testing:

  • Obtain a grade of 70% or greater on the overall assessment.

Cost: All costs associated with Skillport are paid centrally through Staff Development. 

Universal Class 

Universal Class is an online learning program offered through local public libraries that provides a diverse offering of intellectually stimulating courses for people interested in the lifelong pursuit of knowledge for either personal or professional reasons.

Access: Universal Class (new users must register to create an account)

Testing:

  • Course is taken online
  • Courses may include assignments
  • Course test is completed and a certificate of completion is awarded 

Cost: Universal Class is offered through Lane Library at no cost to users.

University Sponsored Non-Academic Learning Opportunities

University Sponsored Non-Academic Learning Opportunities can change from year to year. As a result, the points you can earn from completing them may vary. Please contact your Job Enrichment Administrator for eligible points.

Access: 

Cost: Costs associated for these events are the responsibility of the employee and/or department.

Webinars, Conferences, Specialized Training and Other Learning Resources

It is recommended that JE participants seek out learning resources that would be most relevant for their role and provide the best opportunity to develop skills and grow professionally. Collaborate with your supervisor to list the areas you want to focus on for your development and then identify relevant and applicable learning opportunities to achieve your goals. These learning opportunities might include webinars, conferences, specialized training, certifications, and product/vendor training.

Feel free to explore these professional organization sites to discover other learning opportunities!

 

Cost: Costs associated for these learning opportunities are the responsibility of the employee and/or department.