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To better meet the needs of UF Faculty, Training & Organizational Development is excited to offer select THRIVE@UF courses through the Center for Teaching Excellence’s Passport to Great Teaching program. These instances of our courses are exclusively for Faculty and are taught on the main UF Campus, rather than at the HR Building. (If you would prefer to take these courses at the HR building, please refer to the course listing on the main THRIVE@UF page.) Completion of these courses counts towards both the THRIVE@UF Certificate and the Passport to Great Teaching.

Note: Please register for these courses through the Passport Portal. If you do not have an account with the Portal you can register for an account here. If you need help navigating the Passport Portal, view the user guide.



Conversations for a Culture of Inclusion

Next offering: October 19
Instructors: Irma Alvarez, Gwynn Cadwallader

Do you engage with your colleagues in a way that brings out their best? Does your team collaborate in a way that combines the unique talents and abilities of each member to achieve big goals? In this discussion-based course, you will discover specific inclusive behaviors and strategies proven to increase engagement, innovation, and productivity in the workplace. Participants will recognize unconscious behaviors that derail a team’s full potential and practice strategies to create a respectful culture that optimizes performance and produces great results. Embark on a shared journey with Gators Together!


Transforming Conflict

Next offering: September 8
Instructor: Irma Alvarez

Conflict is part of our daily lives and can undermine our success unless we get better at using it effectively. As surprising as this might sound, we want conflict in the workplace; but it has to be the right kind of conflict. In this class you will learn how to build your conflict competence/fitness to transform conflict and use it to our shared advantage for better decision-making, problem-solving and relationship-building in the workplace.

Create Presentation Visuals Worthy of the TED Stage

Next offering: September 15
Instructor: Brandon Telg

Imagine you are giving the best presentation of your career. Your verbal delivery is captivating and masterfully choreographed with slide visuals and props that are attention grabbing, easy to understand, and even moving. This is what it means to use presentation visuals in a way that is “worthy of the TED stage.” In this course, participants will learn about the common mistakes presenters make with their presentation visuals, gain insights into the way the human brain best processes information while experiencing a presentation, leverage visual techniques for making your content resonate and stick, use next-level techniques to plan a visual presentation, analyze examples from some of the world’s best presenters, and apply key design principles. This course is helpful for both novice and even highly seasoned presenters. Participants are encouraged to bring a laptop to this session to engage in hands-on design work activities in small groups.

The Multitasking Mirage: Find Your Focus, Flow, and Finish Line

Next offering: September 24
Instructors: Sarah Hanson

The research is overwhelming—our brains aren’t built for multitasking. When we constantly juggle various cognitive tasks, we experience decreased productivity, impaired cognitive ability, increased stress, and diminished creativity—all of which reduce us to fractions of the effective professionals we are capable of being. Many professionals surrender to a frantic and unfocused workstyle out of the belief that there is no other way. The modern-day workplace simple demands us to function in this manner, right? Wrong. In this course, you will learn how to recognize and squash your multitasking tendencies and recalibrate your approach to work. By setting clear priorities, increasing your focus, managing your time and effort, reducing physical and mental clutter, executing on what matters most, and giving yourself space to be innovative, you can elevate your performance and put yourself on the path to greater productivity.