Virtual Professional Development Opportunities

Never stop learning

We are here to support your commitment to ongoing learning and growth, even while you are working remotely. Sharpening your professional skills does not have to wait for your return to campus, so we have compiled some quality online learning resources (mostly free of charge) that you can access now. Check back often for updates and new ideas. We will continue adding new resources to the list as we identify them and welcome any suggestions you think our employees would find helpful. Contact us at .

LinkedIn Learning (formerly called

Free for anyone with a Louisville Free Public Library card (all UofL employees can obtain a card) by going to You can sign up online for a temporary library card if needed. Course offerings include:

  • Professional and career development;
  • Leadership, supervision, and leading effective teams;
  • Software and computer training, including videos on how to use Microsoft Office Suite;
  • Art, graphic design, and music classes, teaching everything from 3D animation to engineering sound to the Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, InDesign, and more);
  • Computer programming, IT management (Windows, Linux, and Mac OS X), and web design;
  • Remote Working (no library card needed)

Udemy helps organizations of all kinds prepare for the ever-evolving future of work with online courses starting at $12.95 each. Their curated collection of top-rated business and technical courses gives companies, governments, and nonprofits the power to develop in-house expertise and satisfy employees’ hunger for learning and development. Go to Udemy >>

National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity

The university has an institutional membership to the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity, and anyone with a email address can join free.  Ideal for junior faculty, NCFDD provides on demand access to the mentoring, accountability, and support you need to thrive in the academy. To register:

  • On the institution’s landing page, click “Activate My Membership.”
  • Complete the Registration Form using your institutional email address (e.g.,
  • Go to your email and click “Activate Account” in the confirmation email.

Membership provides access to: 

  • The Monday Motivator
  • Monthly Core Curriculum webinars
  • Guest Expert Webinars, and Multi-Week Courses
  • Full library of all previous webinars and multi-week courses
  • 14-Day Writing Challenges with WriteNow accountability tracking
  • Private Discussion Forums with moderated monthly writing challenges
  • Peer-mentor ("buddy") matches
  • Dissertation Success Curriculum & Discussion Forum for advanced graduate students
  • Priority registration for the Faculty Success Program
  • Alumni program enrollment free of charge for Faculty Success Program Alumni

Educational Advisory Board

Through the COVID-19 crisis, the Educational Advisory Board (EAB) is making their new Professional Development Resource Center available to all educational institutions. Topics areas featured in the Resource Center include:

  •  Academic Program Prioritization and Development
  • Administrative Savings
  • Budget Models
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
  • Enrollment Strategy
  • Facilities Management
  • Fundraising and Alumni Relations
  • Information Technology
  • Marketing Adult and Professional Programs
  • Online Education Strategy
  • Student Mental Health and Wellbeing
  • Student Success

TED Talks, Podcasts, & YouTube Videos

Recommended TED Talks:

 Recommended Podcasts:

 Recommended YouTube Channels and Videos:

Leadership Louisville

 Microlearning Free Sessions. Go to Leadership Louisville >>


Hundreds of free courses  on Coursera include access to on-demand video lectures, homework exercises, and community discussion forums. Every course on Coursera is taught by top instructors from world-class universities and companies, so you can learn something new anytime, anywhere. Paid courses provide additional quizzes and projects as well as a shareable Course Certificate upon completion. Go to Coursera >>


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University of Louisville Online Learning Opportunities

HR Employee Development & Success will be holding many of their schedule of training online. Check our website and watch UofL Today for news of the revised schedule.

  • The Office of Sponsored Programs Administration (OSPA) and the Office of Research Development and Strategic Initiatives (RDSI) have made the following courses available at no charge to all University faculty and staff via the CITI Program:
    • "Essentials of Research Administration" 
    • "Essentials of Grant Proposal Development"
  • The Delphi Center for Teaching and Learning.  With a presence on each of the university's campuses, the Delphi Center provides programming and other resources to faculty members that encourage excellence in teaching and foster student learning. The Delphi Center can help faculty members:
  • Infuse critical thinking skills into curricula
  • Implement new and innovative teaching practices
  • Create new or revise existing curricula with instructional design services
  • Integrate technology into courses
  • Put a program or course online
  • And more…go here for upcoming training opportunities:
  • College of Business Executive Education How-to articles, blogs, and videos from the College of Business's Executive Education team, to help you manage in a virtual workplace.

Technology Training 

 Center for Digital Transformation

  • The goal with Digital Transformation is to create a variety of ways in which we enable technology knowledge throughout UofL and our community. To assist in this endeavor, click here for technology training offered onlineMost of the courses listed are offered as FREE  result in free badges / certificates / credentials in some cases. Be sure to search or look for "no cost" and "free" in the listing. We recommend never paying with a credit card unless you are wanting to cover the cost for a certification exam. As a general rule, most badges are free but formal exam certifications might cost to take the test following the course. After passing any badge or certification level, you are awarded a digital credential emblem or symbol to use on your resume, LinkedIn account or professional document.

  • Microsoft Trainings

 Louisville Future of Work Initiative

Free Creative Outlets

 Many thanks to the A&S Staff Association and our friends at the University of Georgia’s Human Resources Training and Development Department for sharing resources they compiled to support employees working remotely.