Office of Learning and Development
The Rhode Island Learning Center: The Rhode Island Learning Center, the State’s Learning Management System (LMS), provides State employees a resource to access valuable learning and development opportunities to foster professional growth across diverse subject areas.
The current operator of the State’s LMS was acquired by Absorb Software, Inc., and a new LMS platform launched Monday, June 15. Employee course history will be transferred from the previous ePath system to the new system.
The new platform will continue to serve as a resource to further your professional development and include features, such as online course registration, online courses, certificate programs, evaluations/tests, curricula development and more.
Take some time to complete required trainings, such as the State’s mandatory annual Cybersecurity Awareness Training program and Sexual Harassment training. Other topics include the Microsoft Office suite of programs, implicit bias, HIPAA privacy and security awareness, collaborative customer services, professional writing and email etiquette, and more.
Beacon University: Beacon University Beacon Mutual Insurance Co., which administers the State of Rhode Island’s workers’ compensation program, offers a variety of online courses, including employee safety awareness, office safety, workplace violence, 8 tips for working from home, emergency communication in the workplace, and more. Visit https://www.beaconmutual.com/state-of-rhode-island/online-safety-training/
Library Resources: Check out some resources [r20.rs6.net] from the State Office of Library & Information Services available to public and private employees working remotely.
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Live and Work Well: State employees can access free educational articles, webinars and video on a variety of subjects through Optum, the state’s Employee Assistance Program. To access these services, go to: http://www.employeebenefits.ri.gov/wellness/eap.php or visit www.liveandworkwell.com and log into your account or enter the site anonymously using access code: rhodeisland, and go to the Spotlights section, and peruse the site for additional information.
Lunch and Learn: DOA runs monthly sessions where invited speakers give instructional talks to employees while they eat. This “Brown Bag” series offers an opportunity for volunteers to participate in informal training sessions on a variety of topics.
New Employee Orientation: Held on the first Wednesday of each month, this program is the introductory training for all new State employees. The goal of New Employee Orientation is to help new employees feel welcome, integrated into the State, and to provide needed information to be successful as a State employee. Employees hear from our governor, Human Resources, Rhode Island Ethics Commission, Employee Benefits, Division of Information Technology and the Office of Diversity, Equity and Opportunity.
Workshop Series: The Rhode Island Learning and Development Office runs workshops to support professional development and learning in Rhode Island. These workshops are offered to all agencies and seating is limited to 40 people per session.
Incentive Program: All employees successfully completing an approved 4-credit curriculum will receive a salary increase. State employees can earn incentive credit by taking courses offered by the Office of Learning and Development (academies and/or OTD courses), approved courses offered by their agency, or employees can request credit for courses taken independently. All employees must follow the rules outlined in the Key Points document (all requests must be made prior to the class start date, must be directly job related to the employee’s current job duties, each course must be 15 hours for 1/2 credit and/or 24 hours for 1 credit and course level must be appropriate to the employee’s job classification).