Posted: December 4, 2017
By: Alison Adair
What are we Learning?
In this new article series, What are we Learning?, we feature a Western Continuing Studies employee each month to discover what they’re currently learning at Western Continuing Studies, see how they’re applying it to their role and find out what they hope to learn in the future.
This month, we asked Nicole Tate-Hill, Academic Program Manager; What are you learning?”
What’s Nicole Learning?
For the past four years I have managed the post degree diploma programs and academic partnerships here at Western Continuing Studies. Broadly, I manage scheduling, curriculum development and admissions/recruitment.
What is the most recent course you’ve taken with Continuing Studies?
Collaborative Conflict: Workshop taught by Janine Higgins
I recently took Collaborative Conflict. It is a two-day workshop style course with Janine Higgins at Western Continuing Studies.
The main focus of the course was working together through conflict. Learning how to reorient your approach to conflict and understand how to work through it productively in a non-defensive manner was an extremely valuable process for me.
How are you applying what you learned to your current role?
The circle of conflict is an invaluable tool that I use daily. Learning how to effectively navigate conflict and utilizing practical techniques to conduct yourself in conflict is, in my opinion, incredibly useful to anyone both personally and professionally.
Do you have a learning tip for other students?
As someone with a career and small children that has a passion for learning, workshop and online courses both really compliment my lifestyle. Follow your interests, you’ll enjoy what you’re learning more and be much more likely to use it.
What are you hoping to take next?
I am going to take Organizational Behaviour (online) in January and also Negotiation Skills and Processes. I’m working toward the Professional Certificate in Conflict Management and the Professional Certificate in Project Management. Many of the conflict and project management courses are cross listed, so it’s a nice way to accomplish goals simultaneously.
See what Continuing Studies Director, Carolyn Young is learning.
See what Communications Manager, Alison Adair is learning.