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Explore the Learning Center, MIT’s Home Base for Training
March 31, 2012
Robyn Fizz
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Hazardous materials. Lasers. Radiation.

Sponsored research. Cost principles. CoeusLite.

If you work in a department or lab where these play a role, MIT’s Learning Center has a course for you. Compliance training offered by Environment, Health & Safety (EHS), and STARweb courses offered by the Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) have recently moved to this online locale.

Available through the Training tab in SAPweb Self Service, the MIT Learning Center is now the community’s go-to source for web-based and instructor-led training offered by EHS, OSP, and other central MIT offices, including Facilities, Human Resources, Information Services & Technology, and the VP for Finance.

While you can take the web-based courses at your convenience, many courses are held in classrooms at scheduled times. The MIT Learning Center provides the current course catalog and schedule and, through your certificate-based login, enables you to register for instructor-led courses. Once you sign up for a course, you have the option of adding it to your calendar.

Required Courses
Several EHS courses – from “General Biosafety for Researchers” to “Managing Hazardous Waste” – are mandated by federal agencies. There are different triggers for required training. It might be the facility or lab you’re affiliated with or the course you’re taking. Or it could be the materials or equipment you handle, such as hydrofluoric acid or x-ray equipment.

Using the My Profile tool to complete your EHS Training Needs in the Learning Center, you can select from a list of principal investigators (PIs) and a list of hazards. Required training is assigned based on those selections. You may also be assigned courses based on a group you belong to, such as Facilities custodians or the students who took the international genetically engineered machine (iGEM) course over IAP.

The Learning Center is also the system of record for training data required by government agencies. Over one million EHS records have been moved into the new system, enabling any active member of the community to view their EHS training history, even if they took a course many years ago. And the system’s integration with MIT’s Data Warehouse means that departments, labs, and centers (DLCs) can report on required training through a single source.

Connections
You can access the MIT Learning Center at any time to see what courses you’ve signed up for, as well as to review your EHS and MIT training history. The Center also connects to lynda.com’s award-winning, web-based training on a range of subject areas, including Business, Developer, Design, Video, and Web + Interactive.

If you need assistance, the Help & FAQs section provides links to the MIT Knowledge Base, the EHS Training FAQ, the Training Registrar, and the IS&T Help Desk.

Note: Members of the community can access the MIT Learning Center using Firefox or Internet Explorer. If you have difficulty connecting to the site, be sure to clear your browser’s cache.

Forward Motion
The migration of EHS and OSP courses marks a milestone for the MIT Learning Center. If you haven’t explored the site yet, take a few minutes for a quick online tour. From the Learning Center’s course catalog, follow this path:

Technology > Getting Started with MIT Technology > MIT Learning Center: Overview.

If you have feedback or questions about the site, send mail to the Learning Services Team.