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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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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Portuguese 1

Subject Area: LanguagesPortuguese
Portuguese is the official language in nine countries and one of the top five languages for doing business globally. Learn to greet people and talk about daily life, work and travel. The differences between continental and Brazilian Portuguese are presented.
Upcoming Dates
  • Feb. 2, 2022–April 27, 2022
    $215
    Live online

Embracing Conflict: A Systems Approach for Leaders and Teams

Instead of 'managing' conflict or 'dealing' with it, we can learn to embrace it. Gain confidence and skills to navigate conflict in your relationships, your teams, and with customers/clients. Learn how to recognize and bring to light conflict that is under the surface and within a system.
Upcoming Dates
  • Feb. 2–3, 2022
    $385; gov't/nonprofit $285
    Interactive online

Italian 1

Subject Area: LanguagesItalian
Italian 1 is designed for beginning learners who wish to gain practical knowledge of the Italian language and familiarize themselves with Italian culture. Learn the vocabulary and grammar necessary to communicate effectively in key social situations and while traveling.
Upcoming Dates
  • Feb. 2, 2022–April 27, 2022
    $215
    Live online
  • Feb. 2, 2022–April 27, 2022
    $215
    Live online
  • Feb. 7, 2022–May 2, 2022
    $215
    Live online
  • Feb. 7, 2022–May 2, 2022
    $215
    Live online

French 1

Subject Area: LanguagesFrench
Join other Francophiles as you learn the basics of French with listening, speaking, reading and writing activities. Learn to introduce yourself, use numbers, and talk about cities, hotels and travel. Textbook and workbook required.
Upcoming Dates
  • Feb. 5, 2022–April 30, 2022
    $215
    Live online
  • Feb. 8, 2022–May 3, 2022
    $215
    Live online
  • Feb. 8, 2022–May 3, 2022
    $215
    Live online

Business Spanish Certificate Program

Subject Area: LanguagesSpanish
In as little as six months, greatly improve your professional proficiency in Spanish and gain the cultural knowledge you need to conduct business in Spain and Latin America. Learn to communicate professionally via email, telephone, video conferencing and in-person.
Upcoming Dates
  • Feb. 7, 2022–Nov. 7, 2022
    $925; Group of 2 or more, $810 each
    Group-paced

Spanish 2

Subject Area: LanguagesSpanish
Customizable
This practical high-beginner's course blends the best practices of our in-person instruction with active online learning outside the classroom. Improve your ability to converse about more topics in the present tense, take your first steps in the past tense, and grow your comprehension skills.
Upcoming Dates
  • Feb. 8, 2022–April 26, 2022
    $215
    Live online
  • Feb. 8, 2022–April 26, 2022
    $215
    Live online
  • Feb. 9, 2022–April 27, 2022
    $215
    Live online
  • March 14, 2022–May 23, 2022
    $215
    Live online
  • March 14, 2022–May 23, 2022
    $215
    Live online

Online Education Administration

Customizable
Learn how to create a campus culture of acceptance of online learning and become more strategic with distance learning initiatives, including developing effective policies and procedures. You'll also explore strategies for improving the quality of online programs and student support services.
Upcoming Dates
  • Feb. 8, 2022–March 22, 2022
    $439
    Group-paced

Managing Time, Multiple Priorities and Interruptions

Identify behaviors, create strategies that help you manage multiple priorities and handle interruptions so you are more effective at work. Cover the myth of multitasking, how daily goals and objectives lead to success, strategies and best practices in putting out fires and doing more than one job.
Upcoming Dates
  • Feb. 9, 2022
    $395; govt./nonprofit $285
    Live online

Bias in the Workplace

This class is offered in a highly participatory live-online format. Bias is commonly defined as prejudice in favor of or against one thing, person, or group compared with another, usually in a way considered to be unfair. During this session, we will explore the causes of bias, discuss the impacts of negative and positive bias on ourselves and others, consider our identities and how they might intersect with bias, and develop a strategy for noticing feelings associated with bias as well as a practice of naming bias and potential bias when we notice them.
Upcoming Dates
  • Feb. 16, 2022
    $395; Gov't./Non-Profit $285
    Live online

Strategic Thinking, Planning and Organizational Transformation

Strategic planning provides both a process and a set of outcomes that help you find answers to core questions about organizational identity and direction. Discover how to construct your organization's strategic plan, involve other stakeholders in its development and ensure successful implementation.
Upcoming Dates
  • Feb. 17, 2022
    $395; gov't/nonprofit $285
    Live online

Critical Thinking : Complex Problem Solving & Decision Making Without Being Critical

You may know the moment:  Your team is discussing what to do about a difficult issue.  A solution has just been voiced with a tone of certainty and triumph but you somehow know it’s unworkable; a “bad idea.”  But you can’t say exactly what’s so bad about it. Your brain is tied in knots.  Although you’re able to stifle the impulse to say “that’s no good,” you’re not able to unpack the poor logic or impracticality of the solution.   This class will give you both the analysis and the communication tools to know what to do next. You’ll gain the applied skills of critical analysis, solution generation, risk assessment, behavior interpretation, communication, social influence, and decision making when issues are complex and there is disagreement about how to proceed. Both solutions and relationships are often at stake. Therefore in addition to learning methods for problem analysis and decision making, you will also gain an understanding of how to navigate difficult discussions when emotions and power differentials are impacting the dynamics.
Upcoming Dates
  • Feb. 23–24, 2022
    $395; gov't/nonprofit $285
    Live online

Untangling Grief

Subject Area: Behavioral HealthMental Health
We already know that grief is a complicated, multi-faceted process that affects all of us. Certain types of grief and loss can exacerbate these challenges. Explore disenfranchised grief, ambiguous loss, complicated grief and anticipatory grief, plus effective strategies to manage them.
Upcoming Dates
  • March 3–4, 2022
    $325
    Live online