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Physical Address:
Office of Learning and Professional Development
5615 Kirby Dr, Suite 360
Houston, Texas 77005

Mailing Address:
Human Resources
Office of Learning and Professional Development
P.O. Box 1892, MS 98
Houston, Texas 77251-1892

Telephone: 713-348-6130
Fax: 713-348-5428
Email: learn@rice.edu  

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Our Methodology

Based on the understanding that one size does not fit all, the Office of Learning and Professional Development has created three formats by which it makes workshops, coaching, and support available to Rice employees.  Each format possesses unique qualities, and is intended to fulfill specific learning needs.

Power Hours
Power Hours are a convenient means by which to meet the learning needs of some members of the Rice community in a compact and precise format.  Designed to make learning effective and efficient, these 60-minute targeted workshops consist of an overview of a specific Human Resources or management related topic, a relevant and practical hands-on activity, and a question and answer session.

Power Hour Conversations to Develop Great Managers address topics like:

Relevant Important Compressed Education (RICE) Power Hours address topics like:

Communicating Expectations
The Art of Planning
Knowing When and How to Say “No”
Meetings That Rock

Employee Relations
Time and Attendance

Classroom Sessions
Presented as single or multi-part half- or full-day sessions, these high impact, high energy workshops provide participants in-depth learning experiences not available during Power Hours.  Designed to meet the learning needs of auditory, visual, and kinesthetic learners alike, the Office of Learning and Professional Development offers classroom courses that cover a wide array of topics - each designed to increase the performance effectiveness and efficiency of Rice employees.  Courses offered in this format include:

  • Interviewing - More Than A Gut Feeling   
  • Crucial Conversations      
  • Increasing Interpersonal Effectiveness - Understanding How Others Misunderstand You       
  • Controller's Office 101      
  • Advanced Business Writing    
  • Property and Fixed Asset Management...It's No Big Deal, Until It's a Big Deal      
  • Research at Rice: Effort Reporting     

Rice Bytes
Committed to providing learning opportunities to the Rice community in ways that are increasingly convenient, affordable, and easily accessible, Rice Bytes is the next generation of learning, development, and knowledge sharing offered by the Office of Learning and Professional Development. Utilizing such Web 2.0 technology as voice threads, wikis, and podcasts, Rice Bytes will provide access to a cache of workshop resources that can be accessed by learners at their own convenience.  Check back frequently for updates and new course offerings.