Virtual Training Resources

Opportunities for employees to continue to learn, grow and transform are more critical than ever in today's ever-changing world. The Office of Training and Organizational development continues to provide you with resources and tools for your professional development.

We have recently expanded our regular spotlight of virtual learning and organizational development resources. Each month a different learning theme will be showcased with related training opportunities, videos, articles and recommended books to assist employees in their continued skill and career development. Make sure to revisit these learning and development resource pages, as new topics and resources can be added throughout the month.

Additionally, we have our FSU training and development courses available to supplement the Spotlights. Please visit our Training Calendar for information about our upcoming courses.


FSU Online Training Courses

Self-paced eLearning training and development opportunities are currently available to all FSU employees. In addition to these courses, we are continuing to offer live remote training sessions, via Zoom. Classes continue to be added to the Training Calendar, so please remember to check it regularly.  Registration instructions can be found here.

Current Online Training Opportunities – The Office of Training and Organizational Development continues to offer self-paced, online training opportunities for FSU employees.

Training Calendar – Our onsite professional development classes for FSU employees are available through remote delivery.  Instructions for participating in remote training sessions are available here.

Additional Virtual Resources

Learning Spotlight

June: Team Effectiveness

Team Effectiveness

The ability to simultaneously perform as an individual and together with colleagues or employees in effective teamwork is crucial to attaining growth and success.  Thus, teamwork is important and essential in order to accomplish the organization’s overall objectives and goals. High-performing teams can accomplish more than any individual working independently.  Learn how your individual strengths can complement those of your colleagues in order to reach common goals.  

This month, the Office of Training and Organizational Development is spotlighting resources and learning opportunities to support Team Effectiveness skills.  Please visit this page frequently, as new topics and resources will continue to be added and rotate throughout the month.

TOD Staff Picks

Build and Manage Effective Teams In this LinkedIn Learning Virtual Training Path you will learn to create and manage teams that work well together—in person or at a distance. Find out how to build trust, respect, and cooperation; simplify systems for better coordination and communication; reduce conflict; and enhance innovation and accountability. Complete all 8 courses to earn your badge of completion.  7h 29m

The Secrets of Great Teamwork Today’s teams are different from the teams of the past: They’re far more diverse, dispersed, digital, and dynamic (with frequent changes in membership). But while teams face new hurdles, their success still hinges on a core set of fundamentals for group collaboration. Article

Related FSU Course Offerings

Conflict Communication Skills (PDCCS01) Conflict is unavoidable.  Though it can cause damage if handled poorly, if handled well it can actually strengthen your workplace, your relationships, and/or your whole organization.  Learn about different conflict styles, including your own, and about how to engage in conflict constructively. 2h

Team Dynamics/Team Building (LSTD01) How is your team doing?  This workshop has three goals: 1) help each individual member learn more about his/her own personal style, 2) help everyone learn more about their coworkers’ personal styles, and 3) help everyone to utilize this knowledge in a practical way that improves the workplace environment by strengthening the team. There are no bad types!  Through a series of exercises and discussion you will have a chance to experience some differences in how people gather information, make decisions, and structure their lives – this knowledge often helps teams find more ways to “play to their strengths.”

Bridging Cultures III Managing Intercultural Conflict (CSMIC1) This workshop will introduce participants to various styles of intercultural conflict management and negotiation processes. Participants will learn how to assess their cultural management style in order to be more effective when working across cultures and manage cultural issues successfully. This course is part of the CGE Global Partner Certificate.

Introduction to Liberating Structures (LSLS01) This course is applicable to supervisors and mid to upper level managers at FSU. Smart leaders know that they would greatly increase productivity and innovation if only they could get everyone fully engaged. When you feel included and engaged do you do a better job? Do you think teams in which people work well together produce much better results? Have you noticed the best ideas often come from unexpected sources? Liberating Structures are novel and practical methods to help you accomplish this goal with groups of any size. This workshop will immerse participants in several alternate approaches that are designed to replace or complement conventional practices of how people work together. Past participants say: “No time or moment was wasted. …new ways to interact with co-workers.” “I came away with usable tools. I plan to send a few of my staff to future sessions.” By request.

Liberating Structures 2.0 (LSLS02)  This course is applicable to supervisors and mid to upper level managers at FSU.  A prerequisite for this workshop is completion of the Introduction to Liberating Structures (LS) Workshop. This more advanced workshop will use intricate Learning Structures methods using simpler LS as building blocks. The LS Selection Matchmaker will be used for “stringing” LS. By request.

Leadership and Change (LSLC01) This course explores the nature of change and transition, and how it relates to leadership. Strategies to understand and effectively facilitate change will also be discussed. Counts toward the Frontline Leadership Certificate

Accountability Most work is done collaboratively. Learn how to hold a direct report, colleague, or even a boss accountable to foster a stronger sense of team effectiveness. Customized training by request.

Effective Listening In today’s high-tech, high-speed, high-stress world, communication is more important than ever. Genuine listening has become a rare gift. Effective listening leads to higher productivity and a stronger work environment. Learn how to strengthen your team through listening. Customized training by request.

Webinars and Videos

The Secrets of Great Teamwork In this talk, INSEAD Professor Mark Mortensen draws on an extensive trove of research to relay the secrets of great teamwork - providing a simple, efficient and effective framework to grow and measure teams and collaboration. 12m

Are You an Ideal Team Player? It's time to change the way we prepare people for success, says Patrick Lencioni in this TEDX video from the University of Nevada. Drawing from his own observations, he makes a compelling case that, in our increasingly team-oriented world, the key to success is being humble, ambitious and smart. 14m

Being an Effective Team Member In this course, Kelley School of Business professor Dr. Daisy Lovelace highlights the key characteristics of exemplary team members. Learn tips that can help you increase your self-awareness, demonstrate that you're a reliable teammate, approach teamwork more collaboratively, and more. 31m

Creating a Culture of Collaboration Discover why a collaborative work environment can promote success, and learn how to create a cooperative culture in the workplace. Author, CEO and instructor Lisa Bodell outlines the benefits of collaboration, and shares techniques for leaders or individual contributors to start building a team-centric culture. She also defines common barriers to collaboration, and describes methods to overcome those obstacles. Finally, hear about her practical approaches for breaking the ice in any room, and where to find fantastic and unexpected collaborators. 26m

Build a Tower, Build a Team  In our fast paced, ever changing world, few teams have the luxury of time to adjust to each other’s differing work styles and personalities before they are expected to produce. In this TEDX video, Tom Wujec, technology pioneer, speaker, entrepreneur, writer and facilitator, provides insight into the trick of collaborating quickly and effectively as a new team. 7m23s

The Best Teams Have This Secret Weapon  Why do so-called ‘Dream Teams’ often disappoint? American psychologist, author and professor at the University of Pennsylvania, Adam Grant, explores the characteristic what really makes the dream work! 3m49s


8 Best Team Effectiveness Models & How They Work Effective, cohesive teams are the lifeblood of successful, powerful organizations. Over time, many team effectiveness models have been developed. This article breaks down eight of the most popular models and the benefits of each so you can decide which works best for your team.

Team Effectiveness Assessment This assessment helps you uncover common teamworking problems that you might be experiencing. Once you've completed the assessment, you are directed to team tools that can help you to improve and develop these important skills.

The Science of Teamwork Over a century of systematic research on groups and teams have yielded a host of valuable insights on what makes for more and less effective teams. Five top actionable insights from decades of research on teams are presented.

The Art of Teamwork Guide The Art of Teamwork framework articulates the core elements that influence team dynamics. This should help teams harness their diversity, build trust, and drive innovation. The framework should also add value to the larger organizational culture without disrupting current team processes.


Speed of Trust by Stephen Covey Free Press

Leadership and the One Minute Manager: Increasing Effectiveness Through Situational Leadership II by Ken Blanchard, Patricia Zigarmi and Drea Zigarmi

Leaders Eat Last: Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don't by Simon Sinek

Committed Teams: Three Steps to Inspiring Passion and Performance by Mario Moussa

The Trust Factor by Paul Zak

July: Diversity & Inclusion in the Workplace

Diversity and Inclusion in the workplace

This month, the Office of Training and Organizational Development is spotlighting resources and learning opportunities to support our theme of Diversity & Inclusion in the Workplace.  Please visit this page frequently, as new topics and resources will continue to be added and rotate throughout the month.

TOD Staff Picks

Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging for All:  Learn about the challenges and opportunities inherent in working in diverse organizations. This LinkedIn Learning path reviews current thinking and best practices on essential topics such as bias in all of its forms, cultural competence, communication, allyship, and accountability. For free access to this course and many other online learning courses, log in to LinkedIn Learning with your FSU credentials.

How to Deconstruct Racism, One Headline at a Time: Baratunde Thurston explores the phenomenon of white Americans calling the police on black Americans who have committed the crimes of ... eating, walking or generally "living while black." In this profound, thought-provoking and often hilarious talk, he reveals the power of language to change stories of trauma into stories of healing -- while challenging us all to level up. This talk was presented at an official TED conference.

Related FSU Course Offerings

Providing Academic Accommodations to Students (SDRC01):  In this course, the FSU Office of Accessibility Services will talk about how to make appropriate academic accommodations and various options that might work for your specific course design.  We will also consider changes and updates to ADA Law, episodic conditions, and provide resources and suggestions for implementing universal design in the classroom.

Equal Opportunity and Compliance (COEEO1): Examines issues related to Equal Employment Opportunity and non-discrimination in the workplace.

ADA: Understanding the Americans with Disabilities Act (COADA2 or COADAO):  Participants  will gain  an  understanding  of the  requirements  of the Americans with   Disabilities   Act including   what   is   a   “disability,”   what is   a   “reasonable   accommodation,”  and  what constitutes  discrimination  against  a  person  with  a  disability. Also covered  are:  State  Law  and  University  Policy  regarding  individuals with  disabilities;  disability  etiquette;  case  studies;  and  campus  contacts  for  assistance  in  handling  ADA issues with employees, students, and visitors to campus.

Faculty/Staff Search TrainingProvides those selected to serve on the Search Hiring Team with  guidance  on  recruitment,  interviewing  and  compliance  issues  as  well  as  a  toolkit  of  easy  access links to useful forms, documents and other resources to ensure excellence and consistency throughout  the  screening  and  hiring  process. 

Cross Generational Strategies With multiple generations in the workforce today, tensions are inevitable, but problems are avoidable. This course will show you a practical approach to get the five generations working together. Customized training by request.

CGE Global Partners Training CertificateDesigned for staff, faculty, or FSU graduate students who are committed to understanding and appreciating cultures and who are interested in learning how to better assist international students and scholars at FSU.

Diversity and Inclusion Training Certificate:  The certificate creates an opportunity for faculty and staff to explore strategic areas around diversity and to learn more about the ways in which they can assist in creating a welcoming and inclusive campus for all.

Embracing Diversity:  Cultivating Respect and Inclusion (CODIV2):  The Office of Human Resources delivers unique and interactive diversity training, reaching far beyond race, culture, gender, sensitivity and tolerance. This training course covers an overview to diversity and inclusion, such as history, definitions, what diversity & inclusion means to FSU. Through interactive activities and videos participants are introduced to the value proposition for diversity—What’s In It For Me…”WII FM”, culture as a framework for understanding diversity, different generations in the workplace, tools on how to handle conflicts and much more.

Prejudice Reduction Workshop: Florida State University is an Affiliate Campus of the National Coalition Building Institute (NCBI). Through this affiliation, Florida State has established a campus NCBI team designed to facilitate prejudice reduction workshops, serve as a critical response team, and incorporate the principles of inclusion and social justice throughout campus policy, procedures, and decision making. Through this workshop, participants can expect to experience progressive exercises that will examine the information and misinformation we have learned about groups other than our own; the ways in which we have internalized stereotypes about our own social identity groups; ways  to effectively respond to microaggressions and other oppressive behaviors that create dialogue ultimately leading to positive change. By Request.

Allies & Safe ZonesAllies & Safe Zones is an ally development program to promote acceptance and support of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning, Intersex, Asexual, Pansexual, and Two-Spirit-identifying (LGBTQ+) people. Allies & Safe Zones is coordinated through the offices of the Department of Student Governance & Advocacy at Florida State University and is offered regularly to the campus community. The program is open to all, regardless of orientation, identity, or expression.

Strategies for Veteran Success Course: Students can register for this course for zero or one credit hour. Contact Billy Francis ( for more information.

Articles and resources

Anti-Racism Resources from the FSUCOE:  Faculty members at Florida State University have collected a number of resources that not only discuss racism, but also teach anti-racism. 

FSU Diversity and Inclusion:  FSU’s Diversity and Inclusion website.

FSU Affinity GroupsFlorida State University considers Affinity Groups to be a vital component that connects various members of the FSU workforce with each other and with the institution. Therefore, an inherent element of the mission of an Affinity Group is to promote the welfare of Florida State University and to establish mutually beneficial relationships between FSU, its workforce, members of the Affinity Group, and the communities.

Equal Opportunity, Non-Discrimination, and Non-Retaliation Policy and ProceduresFlorida State University (University) is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer supporting a culturally diverse educational and work environment. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity, non-discrimination and non-retaliation for any member of the University community on the basis of race, creed, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, disability, veterans’ or marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or any other protected group status. This policy applies to faculty, staff, students, visitors, applicants, and contractors in a manner consistent with applicable federal and state laws, regulations, ordinances, orders and rules, and University's policies, procedures, and processes.

Four Ways to Show Support For Your LGBTQ+ Employees In addition to long-term changes, there are ways companies can make their workplaces more inclusive for queer employees today. Here are a few small but impactful steps for employers to consider.

Out & Equal: Out & Equal is an organization that works exclusively on LGBTQ workplace equality. Through programs, partnerships and conferences, Out & Equal helps LGBTQ people thrive and support organizations creating a culture of belonging for all.

Office of Disability Employment Policy: Visit this U.S. Department of Labor website for information and resources on the topic of disability and employment.

Job Accommodation Network (JAN): The Job Accommodation Network (JAN) is the leading source of free, expert, and confidential guidance on workplace accommodations and disability employment issues. Working toward practical solutions that benefit both employer and employee, JAN helps people with disabilities enhance their employability, and shows employers how to capitalize on the value and talent that people with disabilities add to the workplace. 

Generational Differences At Work Are Small. Thinking They’re Big Affects Our Behavior:  The Society for Human Resource Management argues that there are a full five generations on the job today, from the Silent Generation to Gen Z. A result of this boost in age diversity are conversations about how generational differences will impact the functioning of our organizations. We often hear about the differences between generational groups, but most of the evidence for generational differences in preferences and values suggests that differences between these groups are quite small.

What Generation Z Candidates Want at Work: This article describes what Generation Z expects during their job search and describes common expectations for salary, benefits and culture.

How the Best Bosses Interrupt Bias on Their Team How can you, as an individual leader, make sure your team is including and making the most of diverse voices?

Videos and Podcasts

LinkedIn Learning D&I Resources: A listing of over 50 video segments on LinkedIn Learning covering a wide range of Diversity and Inclusion topics. In this list we’ve broken out segments by topic. Videos range from 1-5 minutes an hour.

Women at Work: A Podcast focused on conversations about the workplace, and women’s place in it.

How to Design Gender Bias Out of Your Workplace: Equity expert Sara Sanford offers a certified playbook that helps companies go beyond good intentions, using a data-driven standard to actively counter unconscious bias and foster gender equity -- by changing how workplaces operate, not just how people think.


Below is a sampling of books designed to expand understanding around this month’s topic. This list comes from a Forbes article entitled 10 Books to Help you Foster a More Diverse Workplace.

The Memo by Minda Harts. Providing straight talk on how to navigate networking, office politics, and money, while showing how to make real change to the system, The Memo offers support and long-overdue advice on how women of color can succeed in their careers.

So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo. In So You Want to Talk About Race, Ijeoma Oluo guides readers of all races through subjects ranging from intersectionality and affirmative action to "model minorities" in an attempt to make the seemingly impossible possible: honest conversations about race and racism, and how they infect almost every aspect of American life.

We Are Everywhere: Protest, Power, and Pride in the History of Queer Liberation by Matthew Riemer and Leighton Brown. A rich and sweeping photographic history of the Queer Liberation Movement; by challenging many of the assumptions that dominate mainstream LGBTQ+ history, We Are Everywhere shows readers how they can--and must--honor the queer past in order to shape our liberated future.

Yellow by Frank H. Wu. Wu examines affirmative action, globalization, immigration, and other controversial contemporary issues through the lens of the Asian-American experience. Mixing personal anecdotes, legal cases, and journalistic reporting, Wu confronts damaging Asian-American stereotypes such as "the model minority" and "the perpetual foreigner." By offering new ways of thinking about race in American society, Wu's work dares us to make good on our great democratic experiment.

Between the World and Me by Ta-nehisi CoatesIn a profound work that pivots from the biggest questions about American history and ideals to the most intimate concerns of a father for his son, Ta-Nehisi Coates offers a powerful new framework for understanding our nation’s history and current crisis. Beautifully woven from personal narrative, reimagined history, and fresh, emotionally charged reportage, Between the World and Me clearly illuminates the past, bracingly confronts our present, and offers a transcendent vision for a way forward.

The Latino Threat by Leo R. Chavez. In The Latino Threat, Leo R. Chavez critically investigates the media stories about and recent experiences of immigrants to show how prejudices and stereotypes have been used to malign an entire immigrant population—and to define what it means to be an American.

Blind Spot: Hidden Biases of Good People by Mahzarin R. Banaji and Anthony G. Greenwald. “Blindspot” is the authors’ metaphor for the portion of the mind that houses hidden biases. Writing with simplicity and verve, Banaji and Greenwald question the extent to which our perceptions of social groups—without our awareness or conscious control—shape our likes and dislikes and our judgments about people’s character, abilities, and potential.

No Pity: People with Disabilities Forging a New Civil Rights Movement by Joseph P. Shapiro. Published in 1994, this book is a great resource for readers looking to understand the experiences of those who are differently-abled. Shapiro uses examples from history to help describe the experiences of those with different disabilities and to discuss forging the disability human rights movement into the 21st century.

American Islamophobia: Understanding the Roots and Rise of Fear by Khaled A. BeydounThe term “Islamophobia” may be fairly new, but irrational fear and hatred of Islam and Muslims is anything but. Though many speak of Islamophobia’s roots in racism, have we considered how anti-Muslim rhetoric is rooted in our legal system? Using his unique lens as a critical race theorist and law professor, Khaled A. Beydoun captures the many ways in which law, policy, and official state rhetoric have fueled the frightening resurgence of Islamophobia in the United States. Like no book before it, American Islamophobia offers a robust and genuine portrait of Muslim America then and now.This Chair Rocks: A Manifesto Against Ageism by Ashton Applewhite. Lively, funny, and deeply researched, This Chair Rocks traces her journey from apprehensive boomer to pro-aging radical, and in the process debunks myth after myth about late life. Explaining the roots of ageism in history and how it divides and debases, Applewhite examines how ageist stereotypes cripple the way our brains and bodies function, looks at ageism in the workplace, exposes the cost of the all-American myth of independence, critiques the portrayal of elders as burdens to society, describes what an all-age-friendly world would look like, and offers a rousing call to action.

FSU Libraries Reading List on Anti-Racism and the Black Lives Matter movement:  A list of books currently available for employees and students of FSU at FSU Libraries through curbside pickup (and some digitally). All of the titles are linked to the FSU catalog for quick and easy access.

FSU Libraries Research Guides: A selection of books about diversity and inclusion available through the FSU Libraries.

August: Helping Students

Helping Students 

This month, the Office of Training and Organizational Development is spotlighting resources and learning opportunities to support students. Please visit this page frequently, as new topics and resources will continue to be added and rotate throughout the month.

Related FSU Course Offerings

Providing Academic Accommodations to Students (SDRC01):  In this course, the FSU Office of Accessibility Services will talk about how to make appropriate academic accommodations and various options that might work for your specific course design.  We will also consider changes and updates to ADA Law, episodic conditions, and provide resources and suggestions for implementing universal design in the classroom. 2.5 hours

Campus Connect for New Users (SCCCT1):  This workshop serves as an introduction for advisors and undergraduate staff to the Campus Connect platform. This session covers the general layout and functions such as submitting reports, using advanced search features, and identifying specific sub-populations to better streamline advising conversations. This course is essential for any new user to be granted access to the live site. 1.5 hours

Academic Advising 101 (CANVAS Self Enrollment Link) Contained within this training course are 10 modules built with the intention of providing information on the general FSU policies, systems, and best practices when supporting undergraduate students.  Self-paced. Times vary.

Introduction to The Family Educational Rights & Privacy Act or FERPA This presentation is to introduce you to the Family Educational Rights & Privacy Act, also known as FERPA, and the laws and policies at FSU that govern student privacy and rights. 4 minutes

Kognito – Mental Health Awareness Training:  Nationally, students are reporting increased levels of distress, putting them at risk for depression, substance abuse and other negative outcomes.  As a faculty or staff member, you may be the first one to notice signs of distress in a student. Kognito’s At-Risk for Faculty and Staff is an online simulation designed to help strengthen your ability to notice signs of emotional distress, use techniques to discuss concerns, and refer students to appropriate campus resources when necessary. 45 minutes

CAT:  Learning Antiracism The Center for the Advancement of Teaching shares advice for supporting students and resources for practicing antiracist teaching.

FSU support services

Faculty & Staff Emergency Guide: Review this FSU faculty and staff information guide for information that can be used when assisting distressed students or in the event of a dangerous situation.

University Counseling Center: The UCC is offering safe and secure telehealth sessions with students. In addition to these virtual services, students can also attend daily psychoeducation workshops via Zoom which will focus on anxiety and depression.

FSU Resilience Project: The Student Resilience Project is a web-based, research-informed toolkit developed to encourage students’ wellness by helping them learn to manage stress in healthy ways and increase their sense of belonging. The website features videos, skill-building activities, resources and information, including podcasts by campus experts.

University Health Services: Direct students to University Health Services for infection prevention tips, self-isolation and medical care.

Articles and resources

The Stress of the Pandemic on College Students’ Mental Health:

Support your Campus through Coronavirus: EAB has provided this toolkit with resources focused on supporting higher education institutions during COVID-19.

Videos and Podcasts

Building Resilience: What, Why & How to Become Resilient: Everyone wants to perform well when the pressure's on, but a lot of us withdraw in times of stress or adversity. If you can build your resilience, you'll have an easier time facing new challenges and earn a valuable skill to offer employers. In this LinkedIn Learning course, Kelley School of Business professor and professional communications coach Tatiana Kolovou explains how to bounce back from difficult situations, by building your "resiliency threshold."

Weekly Spotlight

The Office of Training & Organizational Development launched The Weekly Spotlight, a virtual professional development curriculum. The Weekly Spotlight featured a different theme each week, highlighting resources that focus on general professional development, leadership, technology and health and happiness. Each week has a unique theme to guide professional development. This new training resource was been developed specifically for the remote work environment, with a large focus on the COVID-19 health issue. 

While we are no longer adding new Weekly Spotlight themes, the previous resources are still available.

Week 1: Transitioning to a Virtual Workplace

General Professional Development

Getting Started with Remote Work: This virtual course is perfect for those who are new to working remotely. Please note: this course was created for general remote work; some suggestions may not be possible during this time of social-distancing and self-isolation. 16 minutes

Leadership Insight

Managing Your Team Effectively in a Virtual World: This webinar is provided by Bridgepath Careers Consulting. The facilitators provide strategies for managing virtual teams. 60 minutes

Technology Tool

How to Zoom: Whether you’re new to Zoom or simply using it more frequently these short videos can help maximize your experience. The information is provided directly from Zoom. Avg. 3-minute videos

Health/Happiness Tip

Mindfully Transitioning to a WFH Culture: This article from Headspace provides tips for ensuring your transition to work-from-home (WFH) leaves you feeling balanced, as well as productive. Headspace is also offering free meditation guides during this challenging time. 15 minutes

Week 2: Navigating Ambiguity & Uncertainty

General Professional Development

Adjusting to Work During Coronavirus: In this podcast from the Harvard Business Review Tsedal Neely, a Harvard Business School professor provides insight into staying productive, focused and happy during the global pandemic. 27 minutes

Leadership Insight

Leading Through Adversity: Carey Lohrenz, the first female F-14 Fighter Pilot in the U.S. Navy, shares her insight for leaders navigating challenging situations. 5 minutes

Technology Tool

Microsoft Teams Quick Start Guide: This 5-page User Guide provides detailed information on using Microsoft Teams and its features. 10 minutes

Health/Happiness Tip

COVID-19: 5 Tips to Face your Anxiety: Developed by Columbia University, this interactive learning experience provides practical strategies for navigating anxiety that might arise from COVID-19.  15 minutes

Week 3: Celebrating Success & Staying Connected

General Professional Development

6 Tips for Staying Productive at Home: The CEO of a fully remote company provides 6 tips for staying productive while working remotely during a global pandemic. 7 minutes

Leadership Insight

Leading at a Distance: This course provided by LinkedIn Learning covers several topics that will help you lead a remote team. LinkedIn Learning can be accessed for free from – Benefits. 37 minutes

Technology Tool

Tools for Remote Work: In this virtual course from Cornerstone, you will learn how to use the right tools for remote, how to run an effective online meeting and more. 19 minutes

Health/Happiness Tip

Coping with Stress & Anxiety during COVID-19: Hear from Kyle Caswell, a counselor with FSU’s Employee Assistance Program, about how to navigate stress and manage anxiety during the COVID-19 pandemic. 24 minutes

Week 4: Coping with a Changing Work Environment

General professional development

Generational Communication in Times of CrisisLearn about how the four largest generational groups in today’s workforce prefer to communicate in times of crisis. This document provides an overview of common traits as well as suggestions for adjusting your communication style. 8 minutes

Leadership Insight

Leading through UncertaintyThis article, and corresponding videos, provides six ways to navigate your team through uncertainty. 20 minutes

Technology Tool

Virtual Meetings: 9 strategies to help virtual meetings run more effectively. 10 minutes

Health/Happiness Tip

How to Stay Healthy at Home during the Coronavirus Pandemic: In this video, Dr. Roshini Rajapaksa of NYU Langone Health shares the importance of exercise and nutrition as well as the best ways to give your body and mind what they need in times of uncertainty. 10 minutes

Week 5: Coping with a Changing Personal Environment

General professional development

Drama Resilience Webinar – Compassionate Self-care During Covid-19:  If you are struggling with the stress and drama caused by new living and working conditions, this webinar is for you. Staying healthy starts with Compassionate Self-Care. In this webinar you will identify your own drama and practice 3 compassion skills for self-care & resilience. *This is a live webinar, registration is required. Webinars will occur on April 29 at 8 am & 5 pm, May 6 at 8 am, May 13 at 5 pm, and May 20 at 8am EST. To register follow the link above. 60 minutes

Leadership Insight

3 Ways to Improve Remote Worker Satisfaction: Good leaders know that staff who feel more satisfied and appreciated are more likely to be hardworking and committed to their jobs. With more people working remotely now than ever before, how can leaders still convey their appreciation and support for their remote workforce? This article from Vault provides a few strategies to do just that! 5 minutes

Technology Tool

Zoom Exhaustion, 6 ways to Find Balance & Stay Connected: Are you feeling drained from an overwhelming amount of professional and personal virtual meetings? This article from explains why Zoom exhaustion is real and how you can find ways to stay balanced while maintaining connection. 12 minutes

Health/Happiness Tip

The Science of Wellbeing: This extremely popular Yale course is available to audit from Coursera. This course will help you understand the science behind happiness and provide you with research that can help create change. 20 hours; self-paced.

Week 6: Taking Care of Yourself & Others

General professional development

Kognito – Mental Health Awareness Training:  Nationally, students are reporting increased levels of distress, putting them at risk for depression, substance abuse and other negative outcomes.  As a faculty or staff member, you may be the first one to notice signs of distress in a student. Kognito’s At-Risk for Faculty and Staff is an online simulation designed to help strengthen your ability to notice signs of emotional distress, use techniques to discuss concerns, and refer students to appropriate campus resources when necessary. 45 minutes

Leadership Insight

Brené Brown – The Power of Vulnerability:  Brené Brown studies human connection -- our ability to empathize, belong, love. In a poignant, funny talk, she shares a deep insight from her research, one that sent her on a personal quest to know herself as well as to understand humanity. 20 minutes

Technology Tool

The 15 Best Virtual Tours to Take During Coronavirus: Feeling stressed about all the time spent inside? Had to cancel a trip due to the COVID-19 pandemic? Forbes has provided this list of 15 virtual world tours you can take from the comfort of your home. From the Louvre to Disney World and all the way to Mars, check out these tours for a virtual vacation. Time may vary

Bonus: Missing your favorite local spots?  Check out Visit Tallahassee for a virtual Tallahassee experience.

Health/Happiness Tip

Yoga with Adrienne – Yoga for Vulnerability: This special at-home practice is anchored in an invitation to focus on the rise and fall. This session will use the tools of asana, breath and science to welcome a sense of peacefulness and ease. 35 minutes

Week 7: Virtual Inclusivity

General professional development

Embracing Diversity: Cultivating Respect, Diversity & Inclusion:  Please join Michelle Douglas, Director of FSU Human Resources’ Organizational Development and Equal Opportunity Compliance, as she presents this virtual workshop. This live interactive training will discuss the difference between compliance, diversity and inclusion; the “visible” and “hidden” dimensions of culture; Implicit Bias; review the challenges and benefits that arise from diversity; and identify methods for acquiring cultural competency resources.  1 hour

Note: Registration is required & a Zoom link will be sent to all registered participants. Instructions for registration can be found here.

When Xenophobia Spreads Like a Virus: The global response to COVID-19 has made clear that the fear of contracting disease has an ugly cousin: xenophobia. NPR recently asked its listeners whether they had experienced this kind of coronavirus-related racism and xenophobia firsthand.  Listen to their experiences and the conversation.  25 minutes

Leadership Insight

4 Tips to Maintain an Inclusive Virtual Workplace During COVID-19:  When crises like COVID-19 strike and normalcy is interrupted, it’s critically important that we still honor our commitments to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. Here are four tips for maintaining an inclusive work environment during these challenging times.   5 minutes

Technology Tool

10 Ways you can Address Equity Challenges During COVID-19: Initial responses to COVID-19 have focused on getting classes online, however it’s important to consider that students’ unmet basic needs (food, shelter, income) and feelings of emotional distress. This article provides 10 ways you can provide help students who might be struggling. 5 minutes

Health/Happiness Tip

Virtual International Coffee Hour:  FSU’s Center for Global Engagement has transitioned its most popular in-person weekly event –International Coffee Hour — to a virtual space during this period of remote working and learning in order to provide the FSU community with an opportunity to engage, learn and support each other. 1.5 hours Every Friday 5 – 6:30 pm

Week 8: Navigating COVID-19 with your Family

General professional development

COVID-19 Mental Health Resources Hub: This interactive website provides videos, downloadable PDFs, and additional resources for families, teachers, veterans and more. The information is a collaboration between the nation’s most credible mental health organizations. Time may vary

Leadership Insight

Boosting Team Morale: As employees spend more time in “lockdown” the stress of a global pandemic along with school closures, loss of support from extended networks and disrupted schedules is bound to lead to a drop in overall morale. This Forbes articles provides several tips leaders can implement to keep morale high as we move towards finding normalcy. 8 minutes

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The Best Budgeting Apps for 2020: With millions losing jobs due to COVID-19, your family, and extended family, may be facing hardship and uncertainty. A good budget is now more important than ever before. Review these 5 apps to determine which budget tool is right for you. 15 minutes

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How You & Your Kids Can De-Stress During Coronavirus: Looking for ways to help your family manage stress? Check out these tools and resources from PBS. Additional information is provided on explaining Coronavirus to children, as well as family-centered activities. 5 minutes

Balancing Work & Elder Care Through the Coronavirus Crisis: With COVID-19 significantly impacting older adults, those caring for this population now have new worries and challenges. This article establishes a few guidelines for anyone who is providing elder care while still balancing work and other responsibilities. 5 minutes

Week 9: Mental Health Awareness & Support

May is Mental Health Awareness month, and as such we wanted to share resources and professional development opportunities with you as we all navigate these tumultuous times. If you or a family member are in need of support FSU’s EAP Office is available to help. If you believe a student is in need of help, please refer them to the University Counseling Center. Additionally, 211 Big Bend offers 24-hour support, including a suicide prevention lifeline, call 2-1-1 or visit for more information.

General professional development

Coronavirus Anxiety: Coping with Stress, Fear & Worry: The stress and uncertainty surrounding COVID19 can take an emotional toll on all of us. Throughout this article you’ll learn tools for managing anxiety, such as how to focus on what you can control and how helping others can also help you. 8 minutes

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Mindful Meditations for Work and Life: This LinkedIn Learning course will teach you the basic principles of meditation and mindfulness, as well as how to utilize these practices to manage stress and create the life that you want. Join Scott Shute, LinkedIn’s Compassion & Mindfulness leader for techniques you can use in your professional and personal life. 1 hour 27 minutes

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10 Virtual Therapy & Mental Health Apps to Cope with Coronavirus Stress: While in-person visits and group gatherings are limited these apps are available to help support your mental health during this stressful time. Ranging from mood trackers, journals and virtual sessions with licensed therapists, these apps provide something for everyone.

*Please note: some of these apps may have a cost associated with them. The TOD office is providing this list as a resource only, not a recommendation for any paid, or free, product.

Virtual Recovery Resources: The Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration has put together this list of virtual recovery groups.

Mental Health Resources & Virtual Support Groups: This resource provides information on free virtual support groups for mental health.

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Mind Control: Managing Your Mental Health During COVID-19:  In this free course from Coursera you’ll learn from Steve Joordens, Psychology professor at the University of Toronto, as he covers the anxiety reaction relating to our current situation. Topics covered include the effects of isolation, being addicted to the news, and achieving relaxation. 3 hours

Older Adults & Isolation During COVID-19: Isolation takes a toll on everyone, but especially older adults. Whether you identify as an older adult, are caring for an older adult, or simply know an older adult this webinar will provide you with insight and strategies for navigating the loneliness and isolation that comes with COVID19.  1 hour

Week 10: The Benefit of Continuing Education

General professional development

5 Big Benefits of Learning New Skills: For many people, learning new skills is necessary to achieve career goals, but there are other benefits to continuing learning. Check out this article to see how lifelong learning can help you stay healthy and happy!  5 minutes

Leadership Insight

Benefits of Leadership Training for Professionals: Who is leadership training for? How does it help develop skills? Learn the answers to these and other questions in this article from Harvard Business School. 8 minutes

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1,500 Free Online Courses from Universities:  Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) are a great format that increases accessibility to learning for people everywhere. Use this website to find courses from top universities around the country on topics ranging from Archeology to Writing and everything in-between. These courses are offered as a MOOC or with the ability to audit; if you want to receive university credit fees will apply.

*Looking to “stay” closer to home? Check out our Training Calendar or one of FSU’s many classes. Consider taking a course and using the Employee Tuition Scholarship to continue developing your skills.

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A Life of Happiness and Fulfillment:  What are the determinants of a happy and fulfilling life? Dr. Rajagopal Raghunathan shares his thoughts on happiness and provides learners with information on the “7 Deadly Happiness Sins” and the “7 Habits of Highly Happy.” This self-paced course is offered for free through Coursera. 31 hours

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