Human Resources Service Center

Online Professional Development

Supervisors may assign online professional development to employees to be completed as part of a work assignment, and then assign tasks that demonstrate or incorporate these new skills. 

There are many topics in CSU Learn(opens in new window) that are relevant and meaningful to employee's job duties. This site provides examples of individual courses, as well as course bundles, that can be useful online professional development.

Supervisors and employees should discuss goals, expectations and outcomes prior to completing this coursework.

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Developing an Online Professional Development Plan

Managers and leads can work with employees to develop an online professional development plan. ( See example(opens in new window)) The plan can include, for example, the completion of online courses, course handouts and worksheets, or a self-reflection paper (from one paragraph to 2-3 double-spaced pages) and explanation of how the information can be applied to current job duties.

Assignment of professional development coursework falls within the scope of most current job duties and does not necessarily mean that a stipend, bonus, reclassification request, promotion or transfer will be provided once coursework is completed.

Courses can be found in CSU Learn.

Business Communication

Power Skills


Technical Business Skills & Computer Applications

Working Virtually


Now's the time to read a book or two to inspire you for work and home!

Don't read alone, create a book club! Challenge your colleagues to read a book this summer, create a reading schedule, and meet once a week to discuss highlights. It's fun, creates community, and encourages learning.

Free Online Books

Did you know you that CSU Learn offers thousands of books online for FREE?

Log into CSU Learn, click the search icon, change the category to "Books and Videos" and search for a title, subject, or author. (You will need to be online to read the books since they are not downloadable.)

Below are a few that might inspire your search:

  • How to Be an Inclusive Leader: Your Role in Creating Cultures of Belonging Where Everyone can Thrive by Jennifer Brown Berrett-Koehler
  • Overcoming the Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Field Guide For Leaders, Managers, and Facilitators by Patrick Lencioni
  • The Truth About Employee Engagement: A Fable About Addressing the Three Root Causes of Job Misery by Patrick Lencioni
  • The Advantage: Why Organizational Health Trumps Everything Else In Business by Patrick Lencioni
  • Your Brain at Work: Strategies for Overcoming Distraction, Regaining Focus, and Working Smarter All Day Long by David Rock

Not Free, Good Reads

Websites, Podcasts and More

Websites & Blogs


  • Brené Brown, Unlocking Us podcasts: Conversations that unlock the deeply human part of who we are, so that we can live, love, parent, and lead with more courage and heart.
  • Manager ToolsWorking During COVID-19 podcasts: Communication, work product, and continuing to build your career, as well as help staying effective working at home.
  • Manager ToolsHow to Manage During COVID-19 podcasts: How to manage your team, how and when to communicate with them, and what to do when your team is working from home for the first time.


"Skills Tune-Up" Challenge

Identify professional development that can help you find more efficient or effective ways to accomplish tasks and processes for your job.

There are multitudes of free resources available to us, including podcasts, free classes, valuable webinars and online books. Write up a short reflection or bullet points on how the training will improve any one of your tasks. Meet with your supervisor and share what you’ve learned.

Review the Skills Tune-Up Worksheet(opens in new window) as a way to document your plan. Or use a different plan with your supervisor – whatever works for both of you!