Thrive@UF Courses For Faculty

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.


Storytelling to Find Your Why and Envision Your Aspirations

Next offering: October 26
Instructors: Brandon Telg

What is your “why”? What motivates you in your professional life? What future do you wish to create during your career? This course will help you leverage the power of storytelling to tap into your passions and purpose and unleash your best work performance. Your story is important and meaningful. By reflecting on your experiences and envisioning your professional and personal growth in the form of a story, you will be able to align your goals, your career trajectory, and your legacy with the story you want to live!

Neurodiversity In The Workplace

Next offering: November 2
Instructor: Brandon Telg

Ever wonder how to tap into the strengths that neurodiversity can bring? The University of Florida’s core values aim to create an inclusive work environment for all people, and that includes honoring our collective neurodiversity.

Every brain functions differently and in “Neurodiversity in the Workplace”, we will focus on a number of neurological differences including autism, ADHD, and Tourette syndrome, celebrating the richness they bring to the workplace. Having a neurodiverse workforce means problems are approached from different angles, leading to greater innovation and efficiency.

Looking at these conditions from a strengths-based perspective, we will explore some of the special talents people bring to the table as well as best practices to accommodate employees’ challenges.

Create Presentation Visuals Worthy of the TED Stage

Next offering: December 6
Instructor: Karina Kolb

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.