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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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Excel Skills 1: Fundamentals and Essentials

Learn Microsoft Excel essentials for formatting and organizing data. Gain a level of confidence and save time by creating spreadsheets to efficiently collect, organize, and track data and lists. You also gain the skills to format spreadsheets and create basic workbooks, enter and format data and insert formulas to perform calculations.
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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.
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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.
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German 2

Subject Area: LanguagesGerman
Continue to learn words, phrases, and the history and traditions of German-speaking people as you immerse yourself in a fun and relaxed environment. Prerequisites: German 1 or instructor's consent. Textbook required. Complete information about textbook provided the first day of class.
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German 3

Subject Area: LanguagesGerman
Continue to learn German conversation and grammar, the history and traditions of German-speaking people, and tips for travelers as you immerse yourself in a fun and relaxed environment. Prerequisites: German 2 or instructor's consent.
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German 4

Subject Area: LanguagesGerman
Continue to learn German conversation and grammar in a fun and relaxed environment. Polish your German listening, speaking, reading and writing skills and learn while you learn about the history and traditions of German-speaking people. Prerequisites: German 3 or instructor's consent.
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Grief and Covid-19: Impact of the Pandemic on Mental Health

Subject Area: Behavioral HealthMental Health
Research indicates that societal and personal stressors associated with the COVID-19 pandemic have had a detrimental impact on our mental health. Health and human services providers need current information, strategies and resources to better meet the needs of their clients/patients. In this class you will acquire knowledge and skills to address the varieties of grief that have been manifesting themselves during the pandemic.
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Guitar: Django Reinhardt Jazz Manouche Primer

Learn to play the music of Django Reinhardt. Try your hand at techniques such as 'le pompe' rhythm. Explore melody, essential chords, arpeggios. Learn the unique characteristics of this genre of music. The last meeting will be a 'Djam' backed by a professional rhythm section.
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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. 
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How Music Works: The Tools of Music Theory

This comprehensive study of music theory provides a complete set of tools handy for either a lifelong interest in music or preparing to take college entrance exams. Explore theoretical concepts in the context of real-world projects through the repertoires of famous composers.
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Italian 3

Subject Area: LanguagesItalian
Practice and refine your conversational Italian on a variety of everyday and cultural topics while also improving your language skills through listening practice, reading short passages, and writing activities. This class will focus on using past tense and complex grammatical structures.
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Japanese 1

Subject Area: Languages
Traveling to Japan? Want to deepen communication with Japanese speakers? In this course, you will learn to greet people, order in a restaurant, use public transportation, and ask for directions, while increasing your knowledge of Japanese life and culture. You will learn 2 of the 3 writing systems (Hiragana and Katakana) as well as fundamental grammar tailored for busy language learners of Japanese. Textbook required.
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Japanese 2

Subject Area: Languages
Deepen your ability to communicate in Japanese with this language class. Learn to talk about travel plans and to express your ideas and experiences. While a strong emphasis will be placed on oral communication, you will also learn the logic behind what you are practicing. Textbook required. Prerequisite: Japanese 1 or equivalent. Must be able to read Hiragana and Katakana.
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Leading Out Loud: Using Story in Communication

Leaders at any level need to be able to persuade and inspire. There are many tools leaders can use to increase their impact, whether speaking formally or just discussing ideas in a meeting. We’ll explore one of them, how to use stories effectively, including how to avoid overuse and exaggeration.
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Mastering Healthy Sleep Habits: An evidence-based approach to improving sleep

Subject Area: Health & Wellness
Whether sleep issues are chronic, stemming from ongoing, underlying issues or stress-induced, learn how to take control of the nightly challenge of unhealthy sleep patterns. This course empowers participants to create sustainable modifications through a deep understanding of sleep neuroscience and learning strategies of behavioral change to create a foundation for consistent healthy sleep. During this 6-week class, learners will participate in a blend of weekly self-paced online modules and interactive live lectures and workshops. The online modules will dive into sleep neuroscience and the accompanying evidence-based behavioral health science behind creating a healthy foundation for sleep.
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Mediation Skills: 40-Hour General Training

Experience comprehensive, in-depth training in mediation skills. The 40-hour schedule meets or exceeds the national mediation training standard and the 25-hour training required by Wisconsin Chapter 767. Lectures, demonstrations, exercises and coaching teach the principles of mediation. This program has been approved by the Wisconsin State Bar for 40 CLE (Continuing Legal Education) hours, including 2 EPR (Ethics and Professional Responsibility) hours. 
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Motivational Interviewing (MI) Competency Certificate

Subject Area: Behavioral HealthMental Health
Motivational Interviewing (MI) is a well-established, evidence-based practice for addressing a range of clinical problems across multiple settings and systems. This 40-hour certification course offers participants an opportunity to develop competencies in MI.
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