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Employee Learning and Development E-Newsletter [Vanderbilt University]

June 21, 2023

The Editor’s Note

It’s the first day of summer, a time of year many of us look forward to for a plethora of reasons. From vacationing to professional development, people across the Vanderbilt community are making the most of what is seemingly a slower pace in the world of academia.

This “productivity slump,” as some may call it, comes with a few interesting statistics. According to research, productivity in the workplace plummets by 20%, attendance drops to 19%, and employees are 45% percent more distracted than usual. Imagine that!

As many of you are already doing, we’d like to encourage you to fit in some time for professional development. After all, it won’t be long before summer’s over and fall appears and fills up your calendars.

Highlights for this month’s edition:

  • Learn more about how to embrace the “productivity slump” summer brings in the “Additional Learning Resources” section below.
  • Stop by the “Campus Partner Opportunities” section for a professional development opportunity you don’t want to miss!

There’s still time to take advantage of the Career Growth Series. See below for details on upcoming Mock Interviews with Vanderbilt’s own talent acquisition consultants!

Happy Learning!

HR Employee Learning and Engagement Upcoming Experiences 


career growth toolkit

Want to brush up on and practice your interviewing skills? Wondering if your responses are truly conveying your skills and experiences? Or wondering what it’s like to interview via newer interviewing technology like SparkHire (a recorded interview screening tool used by Vanderbilt)? 

We invite you to meet with a talent acquisition consultant for a 45-minute mock interview. In individual sessions, a consultant will provide feedback on your interview and tips on interview preparation. When signing up for a time slot, you may choose to have a live mock interview with feedback during the session, or to experience a SparkHire interview prior to the session and discuss feedback during the session.  

*Mock interviews are confidential with the sole purpose of practicing interviewing; consultants are not acting as career coaches, and will not provide advice around the types of roles you might want to apply for, insight into departments, etc. Additionally, consultants will not speak to active job postings or applications.  

Mock interviews are available on the following dates:

  • June 28th and 29th 
  • July 11th and 12th  

Sign up for a time here – http://vanderbi.lt/ele-career-interviews

To learn more about upcoming workshops and learning experiences, please visit our website. If you would like the ELE team to facilitate a learning experience, please submit your request here

Did You Know…?

In a recent Psychology Today article on breaking down biases, three key points were highlighted regarding the role men play in mitigating bias:

  • Men’s engagement positively impacts inclusion and performance in organizations
  • Certain gender biases create barriers for men when it comes to supporting women in leadership
  • It is critical to engage leaders in conversations around gender equity in the workplace

Learn more about how men can be part of the solution in breaking down biases for women in leadership here.

Campus Partner Opportunities

Want to Unlock the Full Power of ChatGPT?

Photo Credit: Connor Bacon 

Learn how to become a ChatGPT superuser with Vanderbilt University’s newly launched ChatGPT course!

Jules White (pictured above), associate dean for strategic learning programs and associate professor of computer science at Vanderbilt University, is making ChatGPT more accessible and useful for the broader public with the launch of his free online Prompt Engineering for ChatGPT course. Through Coursera for Vanderbilt, Vanderbilt faculty, staff and students can earn this certificate at no cost.

“It’s amazing what expert users of ChatGPT can accomplish,” says White. “With well-crafted prompts, users can do anything from developing a successful business plan to planning a family vacation or coding a mobile app—and that’s just the tip of the iceberg. The possibilities are endless.”

Learn more and enroll today!

Virtual & Community Experiences



Date: Thursday, June 22, 2023  |  Time: 11am – 12pm CST  |  Location: Virtual



Date: Wednesday, June 29, 2023  |  Time: 2pm – 3pm CST  |  Location: Virtual

(Visit learn.lyrahealth.com to register for Lyra Gatherings. This may require creating a new account. See the “Additional Learning Resources>Recommended Learning” section below for details.)

Additional Learning Resources


The Way We Work, A TED Series | How to Help Employees with Disabilities Thrive

Listen in less than an 10 minutes!

What can we do to make workplaces more welcoming to people living with disabilities? Representation advocate Tiffany Yu shares three ways that employers can change and tap into every worker’s skills and gifts.



Why You Should Embrace Being Less Productive in the Summer

(Tracey Power, FastCompany)

How “Perspective Swaps” Can Unlock Organizational Change

(Rebecca Hinds, Harvard Business Review)

How to Tell if You’re the Office Jerk

(Daniel Yudkin and Tessa West, Wall Street Journal)



Achieve Your Learning Goals– Tap Into Skillsoft Books and Videos!

Skillsoft Books and Videos offers you access to a library of more than 40,000 audiobooks, videos, live events, and related content. You can locate this wealthy resource under Learning Item Number OLC930045 in Oracle, or simply visit Oracle Learning.

NOTE: You must use Mozilla Firefox to access the library. 


Access On-Demand Courses or Register for Monthly Gatherings with Lyra Learn!

Lyra Learn offers interactive and research-backed courses about specific mental health topics led by clinicians and subject matter experts. New courses are added every quarter.

Complete the following steps to register for Lyra Learn and Lyra Gatherings:

  1. Visit learn.lyrahealth.com
  2. Upon reaching the log in page, go to “New user? Register”
  3. Complete the registration form (enter #vanderbilt511 for the customer code)
  4. Check your email for the link to complete the registration process

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