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Business and Legal Reports (BLR.com)

Shepherd subscribes to Business and Legal Reports, a service that offers training programs for faculty and staff. Training modules can be delivered in two ways—Desktop Tutorials or PowerPoint Presentations. Supervisors are encouraged to utilize BLR training for themselves and their employees.  A list of topics and instructions for accessing the training can be found here.

GCFLearnFree.org

GCFLearnFree.org

For more than a decade, the GCFLearnFree.org program has helped millions around the world learn the essential skills they need to live and work in the 21st century. From Microsoft Office and email to reading, math, and more, GCFLearnFree.org offers more than 180 topics, including more than 2,000 lessons, 800+ videos, and 55+ interactives and games, completely free.

It is not necessary to create an account in order to use these free programs.  Simply click on a tutorial topic to access a lesson.  (When you select a tutorial you do not need to go through YouTube or create a Google account although you might see an ad suggesting that you do that.)  If you encounter any problems please contact the Human Resources staff.

Free Management Library

Free Management Library is provided by Authenticity Consulting, LLC, as a free community resource.  The Library provides free, easy-to-access, online articles to develop yourself, other individuals, groups and organizations. Over the past 15 years, the Library has grown to be one of the world’s largest well-organized collections of these types of articles and resources.  The Library has gotten up to 1,000,000 visitors (not hits) per month.  Many of its topics consistently rank in the top ten results from Google searches.

Educational Activities

Employees are encouraged to utilize University educational opportunities for career development and self-improvement. An employee, at the discretion of his/her immediate supervisor, based on operational need, may receive time off during scheduled work hours for the purpose of attending educational activities. Work release time is subject to the prior approval of the employee’s executive officer or director. Occasional in-service training may be required as a term of employment. Supervisors have discretion over requiring employees to attend specified training activities.

Instructional Technology

Please click here to read about training and support provided by the Instructional Technology staff.