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Employee Learning & Engagement

Welcome to the website for HR's Employee Learning & Engagement team. 

The Employee Learning and Engagement (ELE) team unlocks the potential of every Vanderbilt employee by offering innovative and meaningful learning experiences, creating space to foster conversations and connections, and encouraging a culture of learning and growth.

Our vision is for every employee to feel connected and integral to Vanderbilt’s mission, empowered to invest in themselves and succeed in their role, engaged in the campus community, and inspired to design their best future.

We invite you to explore our site for more information.

In addition to the thousands of courses, ebooks, videos, and audio content available via Oracle Learning, the following sites offer an array of complimentary educational and learning courses as part of their broader course catalogs:

Alison is an online platform that that emphasizes a belief that through education everyone has the power to change their lives, and ultimately the world, for the better. The Alison catalog covers topics ranging from IT to business to lifestyle and more.

Codecademy offers a complimentary basic plan with more than 180 hours of content to assist learners in developing coding and technology skills.

Cornerstone Cares
To support clients, partners, and those impacted by COVID-19, Cornerstone has launched Cornerstone Cares - a free resource and site site to support COVID-19 awareness and preparedness, stress management, and working from home.

Coursera is an online platform for education and learning, with a catalog that includes online courses provided by top higher education institutions and Fortune 50 organizations on an array of topics.

CUPA-HR is the professional association for higher education human resources, they offer a catalog of online courses focused on search processes, understanding higher education and more in addition to webinars and essentials videos.To sign-up, go to, click Login, scroll down to ‘click here’ to create a new account, add your information and Vanderbilt University in the organization field.

edX is an online platform for education and learning, founded by Harvard and MIT. edX has a learning catalog that includes online courses ranging from architecture and art to nutrition to management and safety and more.

Harvard Online Courses 
Harvard Extension School was founded with the mission to create an affordable way for any motivated student to take courses at Harvard. Presently, the offer a library of more than 50+ complimentary courses as part of their online learning catalog.

Higher Education Recruitment Consortium
The Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (HERC) is a national association of higher education institutions, focused on diversity and inclusion and dual careers in the higher education workforce for faculty and staff. They offer a library of past and upcoming webinars, toolkits and other learning resources for any employee of a membership institution. Vanderbilt is an institutional member and administers the Southeastern region of the HERC.

MIT OpenCourseWare
MIT OpenCourseWare (OCW) is a web-based publication of virtually all MIT course content. OCW is open and available to the world and is a permanent MIT activity.

Open Yale Courses
Open Yale Courses provides free and open access to a selection of introductory courses taught by distinguished teachers and scholars at Yale University. The aim of the project is to expand access to educational materials for all who wish to learn.

Stanford Online
Stanford Online offers learners a single point of access to Stanford’s extended education and lifelong learning opportunities both on campus and around the world, offering a number of zero-cost online learning courses as part of their larger catalog.

TED-Ed’s mission is to spark and celebrate the ideas of teachers and students around the world. The site offers a library of animated short videos on an array of eclectic learning topics.

TED Talks
TEDTalks are influential videos from expert speakers on education, business, science, tech and creativity, with subtitles in 100+ languages.

Please note that some of the listed service providers offer both free and paid course work, the University does not pay or reimburse for the selection of paid course work unless an agreement has been made in advance between an employee and their department head and is at the discretion of the business unit.

Our workshops facilitate learning by discussing topics relevant to your work, suggesting new tools and perspectives, demonstrating the application of new methods, and providing a space for free exchange of ideas and affirmation. Whether you are an individual, a leader, or a part of a team, we have workshops on various topics to support your work at Vanderbilt.

Example workshop topics include:

  • Workplace Communication & Change Management
  • Conflict Management & Difficult Conversations
  • Behavioral Interviewing and Hiring Practices
  • Coaching and Developing Staff
  • Compliance Fundamentals

Register for workshops and learn more about offerings in Oracle Learning (login to Oracle and go to the Learning tile).

Organizational effectiveness and development is a planned effort - through process, planning, and systems - for a work group and/or the organization, managed by leadership and supported by employees. Employee Learning & Engagement in partnership with Compensation & Organizational Effectiveness offer the following services to support you, your team, and your department as we work together as One Vanderbilt in support of the University:

  • Strategic planning
  • Needs assessment
  • Coaching
  • Retreats and team building
  • Customized learning and development
  • Strategic workforce planning
  • Organizational assessment

If you would like more information about our organizational effectiveness and development services, please contact us by email.

Vanderbilt University recognizes that our community of talented staff and faculty have a choice about where to work and pursue their careers. We appreciate that every member of our community is unique, has aspirations, and a story. Through our professional development, training, enrichment, and engagement offerings we hope to help each of them craft a career that is engaging and where they understand the value of their contributions and the University's appreciation for their efforts.

Meet the Team

About Learning and Engagement Team


Workshop Information

New Hires

Employment Forms

New Staff Orientation

New Employee Toolbox

Resources for New Hires

New Hire Information for Supervisors

Leadership Development

Vanderbilt Leadership Academy

Vanderbilt Leadership Enrichment


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