Frequently Asked Questions

What is Accelerate Employee Development Tools?

Wayne State University has partnered with Skillsoft to present state-of-the-art employee development tools. Accelerate offers employees access to thousands of online employee development resources in information technology, desktop, and workplace skills! Accelerate also offers many ways to learn including books, simulations, assessments, job aids, test preps, and much more! This is a free resource for WSU employees and is accessible anytime and anywhere. 

How do I access Accelerate?

  1. Log in to Academica with your Access ID and password
  2. Click on "Employee Resources" located in the "WSU Resources" box
  3. Click on "Other Resources" to find the link to "Accelerate - Employee Development Tools"

Do I need to let my manager/supervisor know if I am attending a training session?

If you are attending a training session, whether it is online or in a classroom, you must always notify your manager/supervisor if it is during working hours.

Are employees allowed to access Accelerate during working hours?

Each S/C/D is unique and has different training needs. Each situation could be different and require additional assistance.  However, the following guidelines have been established to address most concerns related to training during work hours and are in compliance with FSLA and WSU Policies.

  • All employees must inform their manager/supervisor before taking any job-related training (leader-led or online).  Managers should establish and communicate to employees when and how often training should take place within their individual units. 
  • If a non-exempt employee (hourly wage) is taking training that is required by their manager or the University then, under FLSA, it is compensable time. All overtime due to training must be approved in advance by their managers. 
  • If an exempt employee (salary 9 and 12 month) is taking training that is required by their manager or the University, it can be completed at anytime without receiving additional compensation.
  • For any employee that is taking training for personal development (training not directly related to their current job) and it is not required by their manager or University, it can be completed outside the employee's work hours (on the employee's own time) and is not compensable time.

I am a Manager/Supervisor. How can I assign Accelerate learning resources to my direct reports?

There are various options available for training your unit. Managers and Supervisors should contact the Office of Organization & Employee Development for details on how to assign specific learning resources to their employees and track their progress. You can contact OED at (313) 577-2111 or email us at

How do I find learning resources in Accelerate?


Use the "search content" box near the top of the home page. Enter a few keywords and click the search icon (or press Enter). Accelerate will display a list of resources that match your criteria. You can also use the Quick links menu or browse Featured Content


How do I find the resources I saved in the My Plan tab in the previous version?

Any resources that you saved under the My Plan tab in the previous version are now located under the My Learning Plan link at the top center of the screen.

How do I view a learning item? (watch a video, open a book, etc.)

To view a description of the item, hover over the item or click the Details link below it. If you want to open (play) an item click the Launch link below the item.

How do I save a learning item to view it at a later date?

Under each listed item, there is a Save link (see image on right) that will save the item to your Learning Plan for viewing later. Click the Learning Plan link at the top center of your screen to view the item when you're ready.

What is the Accelerate Community?

Similar to other popular social networks, this is a new feature within Accelerate that allows you to recommend learning items, comment and follow other learners. To join, click the Join Now link under your profile settings or click the Recommend link under any of the learning items. You will be prompted to specify your community preferences such as whether or not you want to share your email, skills or expertise.

Do I have to join the Community?

No. Participation is optional. However, you must join the community to comment on or recommend a learning item or follow others.

Can others see my information?

You can add information about yourself such as your skills, education and interests, and control what information (if any) others see by setting your community preferences on the My Profile page.

Where can I print a list of courses I've completed in Accelerate?

Your Learning Transcript (previously known as My Progress) is now located under the Quick Links menu. You can find it in the upper left corner of the screen.

How do I access Books24x7?

Books24x7 is now integrated into the system so there is no longer a separate link to go to access this great feature. All your books are searchable using the same screen.

Where do I go for computer training?


Search in Accelerate for the topic of your choice or go to the C&IT Knowledge Base page for computing, communication, software and additional technology support

Where can I find WSU systems training?


Information to access systems training and materials can be found in Accelerate in the "View the Catalogue" link near the top of the home page.

What is the Non-Credit Tuition Assistance program?

Non-Credit Tuition Assistance is a benefit that counts towards your tuition assistance limits but it is to audit a credit course as a visitor status, i.e., you take the class for the information not for credit so you do not take tests.  The course must be job-related for it to be approved. If you wish to audit a course, have a visitor status and wish to attend a non-credit course at WSU, use the Non-Credit Tuition Assistance Form to apply for tuition assistance.