FAQ for BuckeyeLearn for Faculty, Staff, Student Employees and Affliliates

What is BuckeyeLearn?

BuckeyeLearn is a university-wide online training tool, allowing learning and training opportunities to be easily accessed by the university community of faculty, staff and student employees. Learn more about BuckeyeLearn by visiting https://buckeyelearn.osu.edu. You may also contact the BuckeyeLearn team: buckeyelearnsupport@osu.edu

How can BuckeyeLearn help my career and professional development?

BuckeyeLearn is one additional way staff and faculty can engage in professional learning and development. Staff and faculty can use the training resources that are available within BuckeyeLearn to continually pursue professional and career development opportunities.

What can I do with BuckeyeLearn?

BuckeyeLearn has many features in which individuals can initiate and track training to complete non- academic and required training. The benefits of BuckeyeLearn will include access to numerous university-wide professional development courses and classes, and the capability to administer and track required compliance-related trainings. It also offers a transcript and catalog of training and learning opportunities.

Some of the features include:

  • Online training opportunities
  • Registration for in-person professional development
  • A transcript to document all professional development activities, both completed in the BuckeyeLearn system and from outside
  • Managers can view employees’ transcripts, enabling greater discussion and visibility of professional
  • Access to trainings 24/7 via desktop
  • Learners can browse a training catalog for opportunities offered by other colleges or units

What are the benefits of BuckeyeLearn?

BuckeyeLearn will allow broad access to, participation in, and tracking of learning opportunities for Ohio State faculty, staff and student employees.

The ongoing benefits of BuckeyeLearn include increased awareness of training opportunities, encouragement of professional development conversations between an employee and his or her manager, and shared learning opportunities throughout the university – saving time and money.

Where can I find information on how to use BuckeyeLearn?

An online course titled Introduction to BuckeyeLearn covering how to use the system is available in the BuckeyeLearn catalog. Additional resources are available within the Resources & FAQ sections on the BuckeyeLearn Welcome page.

Who can use BuckeyeLearn?

BuckeyeLearn is for faculty, staff and student employees, as well as select students, contractors, and affiliated groups, such as OSUP and COTC. The data in BuckeyeLearn is pulled directly from PeopleSoft HR. 

Is BuckeyeLearn a public facing learning management system?

Yes, it can be configured to be public facing. To learn more about the public facing aspects, view the FAQ for BuckeyeLearn as a Public Face Learning Management System (LMS) page.

Am I able to see all of the courses in BuckeyeLearn, even though they may not apply to me?

That actually depends on a number of factors;  In all likelihood, no, you cannot see all the offerings on BuckeyeLearn.  The content owner may choose to make courses available only to those who meet certain criteria or open them up to everyone.  For example, if you do not work at the James Cancer Hospital, you probably will not be able to see courses on caring for patients with cancer. Alternatively, the Office of Human Resources may provide a course on time management which is available to everyone.

What units are currently offering training in BuckeyeLearn?

  • Administration and Planning
  • Center for Clinical and Translational Science
  • Center on Education and Training for Employment
  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • College of Education and Human Ecology
  • College of Food, Agriculture, and Environmental Science
  • College of Medicine
  • College of Pharmacy
  • Enrollment Services and Undergraduate Education
  • Enterprise Security
  • Environmental Health and Safety
  • OCIO
  • Office of Academic Affairs
  • Office of Business and Finance
  • Office of Human Resources
  • Office of International Affairs
  • Office of Compliance
  • Office of Research
  • Office of Student Life
  • Student Athlete Support Services Office
  • University Advancement
  • Wexner Medical Center

Are all of the courses in BuckeyeLearn required?

No. BuckeyeLearn has optional professional development courses that employees can take voluntarily, as well as training that may be assigned. Optional training can be viewed in the Browse for Training page and assigned training will appear in the My Training section on the Welcome page.

Who can view the courses that I’ve taken?

BuckeyeLearn offers a transcript feature where you can track professional development both completed inside and outside of BuckeyeLearn. Managers will have the ability to view their employees’ transcripts and can use this tool to have professional development discussions with them.

For required training, managers, administrators, compliance officers, senior human resources professionals, other responsible parties, and those who created a course will be able to view who has or has not completed it.

How does BuckeyeLearn support the strategic initiatives of the university and medical center?

BuckeyeLearn will seek to reduce duplicative training, eliminate the need for multiple units to maintain their own unique systems and offer each individual a way to track completed training over time. This supports the university’s goal of streamlining and creating efficiency.

An additional benefit is the reporting capability for applicable federal, state, or other regulatory requirements.

What do managers need to do in BuckeyeLearn?

Leadership and managers should encourage use of BuckeyeLearn and work with their employees to identify professional development opportunities. Growth and development efforts are most effective when there is ongoing conversation and a trusted relationship between an employee and his or her manager.

Managers will be required to approve external training requests or asked to review employee transcripts. Information on how to utilize the manager functions of BuckeyeLearn is available in BuckeyeLearn.

Who creates the training in BuckeyeLearn?

BuckeyeLearn offers training opportunities and content from across the university and medical center. Course offerings may be created by a number of departments, units, or external vendors. To find out who created a  specific training please see the Vendor/Provider field in the course description.

What department or unit supports and leads BuckeyeLearn? 

The Office of Human Resources in coordination Office of the Chief Information Officer co-sponsors the BuckeyeLearn.

An oversight committee with operating requirements has been established to maintain the system’s quality, assure course offerings support best practices and are not duplicative, and give all users a similar experience.

I have an admin account in BuckeyeLearn. What subject do I use for my Learning Object?

Please see our Definitions of Subjects document (you will need to log in). This document was created to streamline the use of subjects for a better learner experience.

Who can I contact if I have additional questions?

If you are a medical center employee, contact the OSUWMC Help Desk at 614-293-4357.

For staff, faculty, and student employees. please direct questions to the IT Service Desk at 614-688-4357 or through Self Service.