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Find your way forward. Whether you’re upskilling to advance your career, improve client/patient outcomes, pursuing a new passion or something in between, our flexible online, in-person and hybrid classes are designed to work with your schedule, here on the UW–Madison campus or wherever you are in the world. Use the search filters to find the class, badge or certificate that works best for you.

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Managing Change Using Project Management Skills

Project management protocols don't often account for the changes in attitude and behavior that people will need to make to ensure successful adoption of change. This workshop will focus on the integration of change management and project management processes and tools.
Upcoming Dates
  • Dec. 1–3, 2021
    $475; gov't/nonprofit $345
    Live online
  • June 14–16, 2022
    $485; gov't/nonprofit $365
    Live online

The Art of Conflict Transformation

Conflict can open us to new possibilities and deepen our relationships. This workshop will help you embrace both-and thinking, transforming conflict into win-win solutions. Discover how to increase your comfort in dealing with conflict and to build more trust and communication in relationships.
Upcoming Dates
  • Dec. 7–8, 2021
    $565; gov't/nonprofit $465
    Live online
  • June 7–8, 2022
    $585; gov't/nonprofit $475
    Live online

Communication Skills for Challenging Conversations

Handle difficult conversations at work and to listen and be assertive without weakening relationships. Better understand the complex nature of interpersonal communication and explore why misunderstanding is so normal. Apply the skills learned to conflict resolution and giving performance feedback.
Upcoming Dates
  • Dec. 8–9, 2021
    $565; gov't/nonprofit $445
    Live online
  • May 26, 2022–June 2, 2022
    $575; gov't/nonprofit $465
    Live online

Who Heals the Healer? The Impact of the Pandemic on Mental Health

Subject Area: Behavioral HealthMental Health
Join us for a workshop to cultivate emotional well-being in caretakers. This course is designed to be a sanctuary for anyone who has been on the front lines providing mental health care during the pandemic. We will explore the impact of COVID-19 on ourselves as helpers, examine current research, experiment with strategies to nurture the healer within and build our resilience while also connecting with each other. Please be prepared to engage in a variety of relaxation practices throughout this workshop. No prior yoga or meditation experience is required.
Upcoming Dates
  • Dec. 9–10, 2021
    $125
    Live online

Language Reading Knowledge Exam

These translation exams test reading knowledge of French, German, Italian or Spanish and meet the requirements of UW–Madison graduate programs. Register at least one week prior to your chosen exam date. No refunds after registration.
Upcoming Dates
  • Dec. 13, 2021
    $65
    Self-paced
  • May 9, 2022
    $65
    Self-paced

Leading at a Distance: Managing Virtual Staff and Teams

We're seeing more organizations with employees who work from home, live in other states, and often live in other countries. "Lead from a distance" by understanding the challenges and best practices. Build trust, navigate conflict, make decisions and conduct engaging meetings with virtual staff.
Upcoming Dates
  • Dec. 15–16, 2021
    $415; gov't/nonprofit $315
    Live online

Spanish 0

Subject Area: LanguagesSpanish
Customizable
This mini-course sets you up for success in Spanish 1 with a slow introduction to the fundamentals of the Spanish language.
Upcoming Dates
  • Jan. 5, 2022–Feb. 9, 2022
    $110
    Live online
  • Jan. 6–31, 2022
    $110
    Live online
  • Jan. 6–31, 2022
    $110
    Live online

German 1

Subject Area: LanguagesGerman
Master the basics of German: numbers, the alphabet, introducing yourself, and having simple conversations while learning about German culture. We use an integrated approach that will quickly have you speaking and writing. No prerequisites.
Upcoming Dates
  • Jan. 11, 2022–April 5, 2022
    $215
    Live online
  • Jan. 11, 2022–April 5, 2022
    $215
    Live online

Spanish for Reading and Translation: Comprehensive

Subject Area: LanguagesSpanish
Benefit from all of the materials in our basic course with additional interactive exercises, 60 percent more instructor-graded translations, more advanced readings and a final capstone project tailored to your academic or professional field. Hone your Spanish-to-English translation skills.
Upcoming Dates
  • Jan. 12, 2022–May 6, 2022
    $545; Graduate students, $445
    Self-paced
  • May 11, 2022–Aug. 31, 2022
    $545; Graduate students, $445
    Self-paced

Spanish 1: Intensive

Subject Area: LanguagesSpanish
Jump back into Spanish with our popular Spanish 1 language class. Thoroughly review the basics of Spanish with a proven communicative approach that will have you speaking, reading, understanding, and speaking Spanish quickly.
Upcoming Dates
  • Jan. 13, 2022–Feb. 17, 2022
    $215
    Live online

French for Reading and Translation

Subject Area: LanguagesFrench
Open to anyone who wants to study French for reading and translation. We cover essential grammar and vocabulary to provide knowledge that is especially useful for students preparing for the French graduate-level reading knowledge exam.
Upcoming Dates
  • Jan. 19, 2022–May 7, 2022
    $435; Graduate students $335
    Group-paced
  • May 18, 2022–Aug. 31, 2022
    $435; Graduate students $335
    Group-paced

Spanish for Reading and Translation: Basic

Subject Area: LanguagesSpanish
Develop the skills you need to read and accurately translate Spanish texts to English, using texts from various disciplines in the social sciences and humanities. Start with the basics and work your way through more challenging grammatical concepts that appear in the scholarly texts you translate.
Upcoming Dates
  • Jan. 19, 2022–May 6, 2022
    $435; graduate students $335
    Self-paced
  • May 18, 2022–Aug. 31, 2022
    $435; Graduate students, $335
    Self-paced

Italian for Reading and Translation

Subject Area: LanguagesItalian
Offered three times a year and open to all, this course on Italian reading and translation covers the essential grammar and vocabulary to prepare you for your Italian graduate-level translation exam or other research. When you have completed this course, you will have a solid foundation in the Italian language.
Upcoming Dates
  • Jan. 19, 2022–May 6, 2022
    $435; Graduate students $335
    Self-paced
  • May 18, 2022–Aug. 31, 2022
    $435; Graduate students $335
    Self-paced

German for Reading and Translation

Subject Area: LanguagesGerman
Open to all students who want to study German for translation. Great for meeting graduate program language requirements or for genealogy work. Key skills you'll learn include taking advantage of similarities between English and German, expert dictionary use and recognizing easy grammar cues.
Upcoming Dates
  • Jan. 19, 2022–May 6, 2022
    $435; Graduate students $335
    Self-paced
  • May 18, 2022–Aug. 31, 2022
    $435; Graduate students $335
    Self-paced

A Coach Approach to Work Performance Feedback

This specially designed class will focus on the how-to's of adopting a coaching style for giving work performance feedback. This is a class for leaders and managers who are ready to learn this approach and who want to understand and practice the key elements to utilize them right away.
Upcoming Dates
  • Jan. 19, 2022–Feb. 2, 2022
    $525; gov't/nonprofit $395
    Live online

Spanish Book Club

Subject Area: LanguagesSpanish
Join other advanced learners to read Isabel Allende's best selling first novel with an expert in Spanish literature. Improve your Spanish and learn about Chile's culture and history during the 20th century while discussing La casa de los espíritus.
Upcoming Dates
  • Jan. 25, 2022–April 12, 2022
    $295
    Live online

French 2

Subject Area: LanguagesFrench
Build your vocabulary as you improve your ability to converse in the present tense and become familiar with past tenses. Practice conversing while learning relevant cultural information.
Upcoming Dates
  • Jan. 26, 2022–April 20, 2022
    $215
    Live online
  • Feb. 3, 2022–April 28, 2022
    $215
    Live online
  • Feb. 3, 2022–April 28, 2022
    $215
    Live online

Italian 2

Subject Area: LanguagesItalian
Continue exploring the richness of Italian culture while enhancing your ability to have everyday conversations about travel, holidays and daily routines in the present tense. We also introduce the past tense. Increase your vocabulary and communication skills with an integrated teaching approach.
Upcoming Dates
  • Jan. 31, 2022–April 25, 2022
    $215
    Live online
  • Jan. 31, 2022–April 25, 2022
    $215
    Live online