The following departments and organizations offer free courses, webinars, training sessions, and other activities and events that are eligible for STAR credit. This is not a comprehensive list of all STAR opportunities; see our eligibility page for an inclusive list of the types of activities that count (and some of the ones that don’t). Whether a specific activity or event counts toward your STAR hours depends on both its eligibility for STAR credit and your supervisor’s approval, so talk to your supervisor before signing up for an event.
This list will be updated regularly, so check back often. If you know of a resource that’s not listed here, please complete our STAR User Help and Suggestions form.
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- Skillport: The Skillport online learning system provides access to registration for UA instructor-led training and webinars, as well as web-based courses, books, and other online learning resources.
- UA Libraries: The UA Libraries system offers instruction to support media production, digital humanities scholarship, and use of the academic software packages available in the Libraries.
- Faculty Resource Center: The FRC hosts workshops throughout the year that focus on educational technology. These courses can equip staff members to better assist faculty who experience issues with technology in the classroom. For example, the FRC offers training on blackboard and creating accessible course materials.
- eTech: The Office of Educational Technology, aka eTech, offers workshops throughout the year on topics such as reserving rooms and computer labs; requesting software for computer labs; updating your department’s website; requesting slides for digital signage; A&S technology policies; and more.
- Financial Affairs workshops: The UA Division of Financial Affairs offers procurement training and other online training opportunities.
- UA Safe Zone Ally Training: The Safe Zone Ally Training Program is a three-hour training session that helps participants develop a working knowledge of appropriate and respectful LGBTQA+ terminology; recognize the impact that a negative campus climate has on individuals who identify as LGBTQA+; and identify areas of personal growth as a member of the UA community. Following the training program, participants are invited to sign up to serve as UA Safe Zone Allies.
- UA Spark: Spark is a website created to provide all UA employees with easy one-stop access to all of their online learning needs for professional development. On the Spark website, employees can easily navigate to online learning portals, such as Skillport, Training Academy, and ManageElite.
- Safe Harbor Training: Offered through the Women’s Resource Center, the one-hour Safe Harbor Training session develops participants’ knowledge of UA and local resources available to victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, and stalking.
- SSB Bart Group: SSB Bart is an accessibility consulting firm that offers webinars on accessibility standards, best practices, and web applications. The University has contracted with SSB Bart to provide tools for checking the accessibility of UA web resources, and training will be available on using the tools.
- EdX: Founded by Harvard University and MIT in 2012, edX is an online learning destination and MOOC provider, offering access to university-level courses on a variety of topics. Many of these courses are free with the option to pay for a certificate upon completion.
- Lynda.com: Lynda.com is an online learning company that provides webinars and online training sessions on business, software, technology, and creative skills. While the University does not have a Lynda.com subscription, members of the Tuscaloosa Public Library enjoy free online access through the library’s account.
- Qualtrics: Qualtrics, the University’s online survey solution, offers free basic user training, advanced user training, and a webinar on data analysis and reporting using the new Insight Platform