Learning & Development

Our Mission

  • To promote continuous learning in the University's ever-changing work environment.
  • To provide learning opportunities that enable staff to fulfill their potential and contribute to the University's efficiency
    and effectiveness.

The University is undergoing continuous change and for employees this means the need for continuous learning. Simon Fraser University values and encourages staff learning and development. There are many learning opportunities at SFU that help employees advance their skills and achieve their goals. Follow the links below to find out about the many programs available to staff.

Support for Learning

Increasing Indigenous Cultural Knowledge, Awareness and Understanding

SFU is committed to supporting the recommendations of the Aboriginal Reconciliation Council’s Walk this Path with Us report [link to: https://www.sfu.ca/reconciliation.html].

Below are two opportunities available to increase indigenous cultural knowledge, awareness and understanding. San’yas: Indigenous Cultural Safety Training provides a foundational learning opportunity and Reconciliation through Indigenous Education is a more involved course for those who would like to build on the San’yas foundational training, or for those who teach or design learning experiences.

Software Skills

Online tutorials are available for many software applications and are provided free of charge to assist employees in developing and enhancing computer skills. If you are interested in signing up for an online tutorial, please contact Cookie Purewal at cpurewal@sfu.ca. You will be assigned a user ID and password so that you can access the tutorials. You can check out the website at http://www.vtc.com/index.php

Classroom software courses are offered through BCIT, local colleges and school districts. A limited number of publishing software courses are offered by the SFU Writing Program and the SFU Summer Publishing Program. Where appropriate, employees may utilize the Learning Opportunities Fund (CUPE) or Professional Development Tuition Reimbursement (APSA, Excluded) to offset some of the costs of work related software courses. For more information regarding software courses please contact Cookie Purewal, Coordinator, Learning & Development, phone 778-782-5662 or email cpurewal@sfu.ca.