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Did you know that as a WSU employee, you have a LinkedIn Learning account? You have access to over 12,000 courses and other impactful professional development tools.

Now is a great time to take advantage of the resource as employees are reviewing how they performed last year and setting performance goals for the new review period. Here are some ways LinkedIn Learning can help employees make progress on their goals:

  • The “Career Goal” feature allows you to set up your goal and receive personalized content recommendations to help you achieve your goal. Connect your LinkedIn profile to your LinkedIn Learning account to get even more personalized recommendations and display your learning achievements.
  • The “Skill Evaluation” feature is a self-assessment tool that will help you gauge how confident you feel around various topics and receive personalized course recommendations tailored to your proficiency level. There are currently 42 skills associated with this feature.

Go to the LinkedIn Learning page for instructions on how to set up your LinkedIn Learning account.

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Tuition Assistance applications for summer 2024 are now being accepted through the online application form. The online application will be available through April 15 and will close at the end of this application period.

Due to the volume of applications received each semester, requests to submit late applications will be automatically denied with no exceptions.

Questions may be directed to TuitionAssistance@wichita.edu.

Starting with the summer term, Blackboard Classic course view will no longer be available. If you are teaching in Classic course view right now, you might be tempted to convert your current courses to Ultra, but if you attempt to convert a course that has any submitted student work, those submissions and their associated grades will be lost in the conversion process.

If you are in Classic, stay in Classic for the remainder of this term. If you have second eight-week courses and would like them to be in Ultra, it’s not too late. The Office of Instructional Resources (OIR) can help you get your courses into the Ultra format, so reach out to the office at OIR@wichita.edu for assistance.

If you are teaching in the summer term, you will see your new Ultra course format shells on or shortly after April 15. If you are teaching in the pre-session for summer and need assistance getting to Ultra, reach out to OIR.

Blackboard courses, especially those in the Ultra Course Format, rely heavily on the course messages feature over email. Many instructors prefer to receive emails from their students, however. The good news is that both are possible.

If you turn on the Blackboard setting that sends email notifications right away when a student sends you a course message, you will be notified of the message both via email and within your Blackboard class. Not only does this allow instructors to respond to course messages quickly, it also creates a permanent record of the contact within your course, so it is easy for you to refer to it later if necessary.

Learn how to turn on immediate email notifications. Have other questions about Ultra? Check back each Wednesday for a new tip, or reach out to the Office of Instructional Resources directly at OIR@wichita.edu. And remember: spring 2024 is the last semester Wichita State will offer courses in Blackboard Original course format. All courses will be offered in Ultra as of summer 2024.

Jeremy Kohn, ChFC, Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association of America (TIAA) financial consultant, will be available at Wichita State on Tuesday, Feb. 6 and Wednesday, Feb. 7 for in-person KBOR retirement plan consultation meetings.

Kohn can help individuals confirm they are on track for enough income at retirement and provide specific investment recommendations at a fiduciary level of care for their TIAA funds.

To schedule a meeting with Jeremy, visit the TIAA website, login and follow the prompts to schedule an in-person meeting at WSU. Call the TIAA scheduling team at 800-732-8353 for assistance in scheduling a meeting, or email Kohn at jeremy.kohn@tiaa.org to schedule a virtual meeting later in February.

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Tuition assistance applications for spring 2024 are now being accepted through the online application form. The online application will be available through Dec. 1 and will close at the end of this application period.

Due to the volume of applications received each semester, requests to submit late applications will be automatically denied with no exceptions.

Questions may be directed to TuitionAssistance@wichita.edu.

Jeremy Kohn, ChFC, Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association of America (TIAA) financial consultant, will be available at Wichita State on Tuesday, Oct. 17 and Wednesday, Oct. 18 for in-person KBOR retirement plan consultation meetings.

Kohn can help individuals confirm they are on track for enough income at retirement and provide specific investment recommendations at a fiduciary level of care for their TIAA funds.

To schedule a meeting with Jeremy, visit the TIAA website, login and follow the prompts to schedule an in-person meeting at WSU. Call the TIAA scheduling team at 800-732-8353 for assistance in scheduling a meeting.

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Tuition assistance applications for the spring 2024 semester are now being accepted through the online application form. The online application will be available through Dec. 1.

Due to the volume of applications received each semester, requests to submit late applications will be automatically denied with no exception.

Questions may be directed to TuitionAssistance@wichita.edu.

The university has extended the deadline to apply for fall 2023 tuition assistance. The new deadline is Friday, Aug. 25.

Applications for fall 2023 tuition assistance can be submitted through the online application form. Faculty and staff may apply for employee, spouse or dependent tuition assistance.

Tuition assistance can be applied to undergraduate, graduate or to the badge programs courses.

Questions may be directed to TuitionAssistance@wichita.edu.

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The HR Total Rewards team reminds staff and faculty that the deadline for fall 2023 tuition assistance applications is Saturday, July 1. Tuition assistance applications for fall 2023 are submitted through the online application form.

Due to the volume of applications received each semester, requests to submit late applications will be automatically denied without exception.

Questions may be directed to TuitionAssistance@wichita.edu.