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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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Fundamentals of Online Teaching

Customizable
Gain a basic overview of the knowledge and skills you need to teach in the online environment. Key topics include online course models, characteristics of online learners, understanding your role as an online instructor, how to plan content and learning activities and strategies to manage courses.
Upcoming Dates
  • Sep. 14, 2021–Oct. 25, 2021
    $715
    Group-paced
  • Nov. 9, 2021–Dec. 20, 2021
    $715
    Group-paced

An Introduction to Mastering Healthy Sleep

Subject Area: Health & Wellness
Customizable
Join us for an introductory immersion into sleep neuroscience and evidence-based approaches to improving your sleep. During this three-hour interactive class, you’ll learn about sleep neuroscience, how to assess your sleep, and actionable strategies to create the foundations for healthy consistent sleep.
Upcoming Dates
  • Sep. 14, 2021
    $80 through August 17; $95 after.
    Live online

Spanish 5

Subject Area: LanguagesSpanish
Customizable
Take your Spanish to the next level in this highly practical high-intermediate class. Learn the differences between the present subjunctive and indicative. Improve your use of prepositions and complex sentence structures and delve deeper into the past tenses.
Upcoming Dates
  • Sep. 15, 2021–Dec. 8, 2021
    $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
  • Sep. 15, 2021–June 16, 2022
    $875 | Group of 2 or more, $750 each
    Group-paced

French 3

Subject Area: LanguagesFrench
Refine and deepen your ability to converse in the past and future tenses as you discuss families, work, travel and customs in France and the Francophone world. Materials provided in class. Prerequisite: French 2.
Upcoming Dates
  • Sep. 15, 2021–Dec. 8, 2021
    $215
    Live online
  • Sep. 15, 2021–Dec. 8, 2021
    $215
    Live online

Leading for Racial Equity Part 1: Becoming an Anti-Racist Organization

Transform your commitment to racial equity into anti-racist leadership in this new two-part class. In part 1, learn the key features of an anti-racist organization, assess the readiness of your organization to move toward anti-racism and plan next steps. Open to anyone with an intermediate understanding of racial equity who is ready to impact their organization's programs, practices, policies and decisions.
Upcoming Dates
  • Sep. 16, 2021
    $395; Gov't./Non-Profit $285
    Live online

French 4

Subject Area: LanguagesFrench
Polish your skills as you discuss the culture and history of France and the Francophone world. Refine your knowledge of tense, lexicon and register while improving your reading and listening abilities. 
Upcoming Dates
  • Sep. 16, 2021–Dec. 9, 2021
    $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
  • Sep. 20, 2021–Dec. 6, 2021
    $215
    Live online
  • Sep. 20, 2021–Dec. 6, 2021
    $215
    Live online
  • Sep. 21, 2021–Dec. 7, 2021
    $215
    Live online
  • Sep. 21, 2021–Dec. 7, 2021
    $215
    Live online
  • Sep. 22, 2021–Dec. 8, 2021
    $215
    Live online
  • Sep. 23, 2021–Dec. 9, 2021
    $215
    Live online
  • Sep. 23, 2021–Dec. 9, 2021
    $215
    Live online
  • Sep. 23, 2021–Dec. 9, 2021
    $215
    Live online
  • Sep. 23, 2021–Dec. 9, 2021
    $215
    Live online
  • Sep. 23, 2021–Dec. 9, 2021
    $215
    Live online
  • Sep. 23, 2021–Dec. 9, 2021
    $215
    Live online

Designing Digital Teaching and Learning

Gain a strong foundation in essential knowledge and skills for online instruction through the development of an online course module. In this course, you will learn about the core competencies of successful instructors, practical guidelines for designing and teaching online courses, and strategies to support active learning. You will engage in hands-on work that uses a template to guide you through planning basic components of your online course.
Upcoming Dates
  • Sep. 21, 2021–Dec. 13, 2021
    $1,650
    Group-paced

Motivational Interviewing: Advanced Skills Practice

Subject Area: Behavioral HealthMental Health
This course is designed for learners who have intermediate knowledge and skills needed for the practice of Motivational Interviewing (MI) and want to strengthen their existing skillset. Participate in four, 3-hour, live online, instructor-led sessions that will include lecture, discussion and small group practice sessions. Enhance your learning with 6-hours of required independent coursework. Improve your MI practice through peer (one session) and instructor (two sessions) feedback from standardized client interviews. Course registration includes the textbook Building Motivational Interviewing Skills: A Practitioner Workbook by David B. Rosengren and access to an online learning management system. 
Upcoming Dates
  • Sep. 28, 2021–Nov. 30, 2021
    $875; includes two practice sessions with a standardized client with instructor feedback and the textbook Building Motivational Interviewing Skills: A Practitioner Workbook
    Live online

Spanish 4

Subject Area: LanguagesSpanish
Customizable
Refine and deepen your ability to discuss past events. Learn the future and conditional tenses, and become familiar with the subjunctive mood. Polish your verbal communication skills as you discuss education, the workplace and cultures of the Hispanic world.
Upcoming Dates
  • Sep. 28, 2021–Dec. 14, 2021
    $215
    Live online
  • Sep. 28, 2021–Dec. 14, 2021
    $215
    Live online

Tuesday Morning Booktalks

Join other book lovers for exciting discussions of world literature. Extensive handouts provided.
Upcoming Dates
  • Sep. 28, 2021–Nov. 30, 2021
    All classes are free but with the hope that participants will donate to the UW Odyssey Project.
    Hybrid

Healing through Connection: Empathy Skills for Training Helping Professionals

Subject Area: Behavioral HealthMental Health
Through this ethnocultural empathy course, you will engage in guided critical self-reflection, interpersonal skills coaching and dialogue with peers to raise awareness of barriers to empathy and learn ways to mitigate them. This course will benefit mental health and human service providers who work directly with culturally diverse clients who aim to promote effectiveness and equity in client relationships across cultural differences. 
Upcoming Dates
  • Oct. 4, 2021–Nov. 15, 2021
    $425
    Group-paced

Preparing to Teach Online

Preparing to Teach Online an accelerated badge intended to jumpstart online instructors' course preparation process. In this course, participants will: gain practical skills for designing online courses, create a variety of interactive learning activities and, develop a plan for a successful online teaching experience. This course offers both synchronous and asynchronous opportunities for engagement, emphasizing collaboration among a community of learners.
Upcoming Dates
  • Oct. 4–29, 2021
    $439
    Group-paced

Divorce and Family Mediation Training

Comprehensive, in-depth training in divorce and family mediation to successfully mediate divorce, child custody, and other family issues. The 40-hour schedule meets or exceeds the national mediation training standard and the 25-hour training required by Wisconsin Chapter 767.
Upcoming Dates
  • Oct. 4–26, 2021
    $1,449
    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
  • Oct. 5–25, 2021
    $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
  • Oct. 6, 2021
    $375; gov't/nonprofit $265
    Live online