FAQ's for Management

I'm planning a retreat for my staff. Can OL&D help?
Organizational Learning & Development staff members have expertise in a wide variety of topic areas and can help you select the combination of training and interpersonal interaction that will best meet your needs and the needs of your staff. When planning a retreat, remember to schedule events well in advance (3-5 months) to ensure that a OL&D staff member will be available.


Will OL&D teach classes and facilitate team meetings at retreats held away from the UAB campus?
Yes. OL&D staff members are happy to assist at retreats held on or off campus. If you would like to schedule a speaker/facilitator from Organizational Learning & Development, be sure to contact us 3-5 months before the event.


What opportunities for training might be possible during my staff meetings?
OL&D staff members can attend your staff meeting and present a quick introduction to a concept that may represent a challenge or opportunity for your employees. We have a variety of videos, instruction and interactive group exercises that can be presented in 30-40 minutes. This could create interest in a more in-depth class, spark group discussion of issues or provide an introduction to new skills. Call us to discuss your department’s needs and we will select material that’s best for you.


If I have 15-20 people in my department who need a particular course. Will OL&D come to my area and teach the class?
Yes. We are available to come to your classroom or conference room to teach special non-computer classes. If you would like to have computer classes at your site, please contact us to discuss logistical requirements. Remember to schedule well in advance for the greatest choice of dates and topics.


How can I obtain a record of the classes my employees have completed?
Each of your employees may print out a complete record of their training history from the UAB Faculty & Staff Learning System. Once logged in, users may click the My Transcript button. Transcripts can be complied from any date to any date. Once compilation is complete, clikc the Customize and Print Transcript button in the upper-right hand corner of the page.



My department needs help with specific computer software and tasks? Can OL&D provide training specifically for us?
Yes. Organizational Learning & Development has three well-equipped computer classrooms where we are able to provide customized training in a wide variety of common software packages and computer applications. Email us to make your specific request and you'll be contacted promptly to discuss your options.


FAQs for Employees


Who is eligible to take OL&D classes?
Anyone who is employed by UAB, full or part-time is eligible to attend classes. Be sure to check with your supervisor before registering for classes to avoid scheduling conflicts with your co-workers. To Top

What about people employed through UAB Temp Services?
Temporary employees may take Organizational Learning & Development classes as long as they are receiving a paycheck from UAB at the time they register and at the time they attend classes. There is one exception to this policy. Temporary employees may not attend The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People seminar.To Top

Do I have to take time off (vacation time) to take classes?
No. Organizational Learning & Development classes are considered part of every UAB employees’ responsibility to improve themselves. Growth and improvement are part of your job. (It’s also a lot of FUN!) However, you should get approval from your supervisor before registering for a class. To Top

Is there a cost for classes taught by OL&D?
Most classes are free to UAB employees. There may be a charge for some types of special classes. To Top

Who teaches Organizational Learning & Development classes?
Most of our classes are taught by our full time, and part time professional staff. Most of our staff members have master’s degrees and at least 10 years of teaching experience. Some of our staff also hold a variety of certifications. All of our staff have a wealth of experience managing people and programs and much of that experience has been right here at UAB.

Some of our classes are taught by other UAB professionals who have special expertise in particular areas and are willing to share it with their colleagues. Other classes are taught by outside consultants who are screened and hired by OL&D.To Top

Why should I take classes? (What can they do for me?)
There are a variety of reasons to attend Organizational Learning & Development classes. All of our classes teach job related skills and concepts. Whether you are learning how to manage stress or how to get the most out of your computer software, you will leave class with skills you can use. You may be polishing skills for the position you have now or developing new skills for a future promotion. Many of our classes are designed to help you move into supervisory and leadership positions.

Attending classes can also allow you to network with your UAB colleagues. You get the opportunity to meet people from across campus and benefit from their experience and perspective. Sometimes seeing how people in different departments handle similar problems is all it takes to come up with a solution of your own.

Remember that taking classes shows your commitment to improving your job skills and performance. You can use your training accomplishments as evidence of your professional growth when you have your performance review.To Top

What is the best way to approach or ask my supervisor about taking classes?
Always try to schedule your classes well in advance. This allows your supervisor to make plans for the time you will be gone. Think about the skills that the class you have chosen will provide and tell your supervisor how those skills will help you solve problems or improve your performance at work.

How can I find out which classes are currently being offered and the times and dates for these classes?
Please login to the UAB Faculty & Staff Learning System. There you'll be able to search for classes according to topic. Once you have located the class you wish to take, you'll be able to examine all dates to find the best match for your needs . To Top

How do I know which classes are right for me?
A good place to start is with the descriptions and learning objectives of each course, which are available on the UAB Faculty & Staff Learning System. These items describe which skills and concepts will be covered in the class. You may also call our office for advice and direction.To Top

How do I register for classes?
You may request a slot in any of our classes online by logging into the UAB Faculty & Staff Learning System. Upon logging in, you may search for classes according to topic, then examine the dates of returned options to find the best fit for your schedule. Once you have chosen a date, click the Enroll button in the upper-right hand corner of the screen. Once you have enrolled, please fully register for the class by clicking the name of the class, per the directions you will be given on class enrollment page. To Top

When should I register for classes?
It is best to register as soon as possible to ensure that you get a place in the class or to prevent course cancellation. Please don't just "walk-in" because there is always a possibility that the class might have a room/time/date change. If you decide to attend a class at “the last minute” just give us a call at 934-3359 to make sure that there is space available and that you meet the prerequisites. To Top

How do I confirm my attendance?
Confirm your attendance by logging into the UAB Faculty & Staff Learning System and clicking the My Learning button. To Top

What if I am unable to attend a class I've registered for?
If you can’t attend a class for which you are registered, login to the UAB Faculty & Staff Learning System. Choose the class you can no longer attend an, using the buttons in the upper-right hand corner of the page, Unenroll yourself from the class. To Top

Why is cancellation so important?
Having an accurate estimate of the number of people attending a class allows us to prepare more effectively. In addition, your cancellation may allow someone on the waiting list to attend. To Top

Can I get CEU credit for attending OL&D classes?
Some of OL&D classes are approved for nursing CEU’s. Some other CEU-granting organizations will accept classes approved for nursing CEU’s. Check with your certifying organization to see if they will accept these units and to determine what documentation you will need to receive credit. Nursing CEU’s are processed through UAB Center for Nursing Excellence. To Top

Can I earn certificates for my completion of OL&D classes?

Yes. We have certificate programs for Performance Skills classes as well as Computer Skills classes. The Performance skills certificates focus on three key areas to help support your professional growth. These include customer service, performance management, and supervision. Each is further broken into a specialized skill set making the certificate very attainable with a requirement of only 5 designated classes or less.  The seven certificates offered are: Customer Service, Building Professional Relationships, Expanding Your Career Horizons, Improving Your Professional Communication, Cultivating a Winning Team, Essential Success Skills, and Leading with Vision. We also offer Computer Skills certificate programs in Web Development, Publishing Documents, Java Development, and SQL Development. The certificate program requirements are available at our web site or by calling our office at 934-3359. To Top


This FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) section is for your convenience, if you have questions regarding training, registration, new classes, or any other matter related to Organizational Learning and Development.