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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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    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

    Spanish 1

    Subject Area: LanguagesSpanish
    Customizable
    Explore the cultural richness of the Spanish-speaking world with this beginning-level language class. Master the basics of Spanish with a proven communicative approach that combines our popular in-person class with robust online resources to keep you learning between classes.
    Upcoming Dates
    • Feb. 1, 2022–April 19, 2022
      $215
      Live online
    • Feb. 1, 2022–April 19, 2022
      $215
      Live online
    • Feb. 7, 2022–April 25, 2022
      $215
      Live online
    • Feb. 7, 2022–April 25, 2022
      $215
      Live online
    • Feb. 9, 2022–April 27, 2022
      $215
      Live online
    • March 17, 2022–May 26, 2022
      $215
      Live online
    • March 17, 2022–May 26, 2022
      $215
      Live online