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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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Online Professional Presence: Tips and Techniques for the Virtual You at Work

This special 1.5 hour class is offered live online. Projecting a professional virtual presence is a skill that has become essential in today’s world shaped by the pandemic. We must build relationships, lead teams and collaborate with colleagues to achieve organizational results — now entirely through electronic connections. Join us for this timely opportunity to learn tips and techniques for developing your professional presence on video conference platforms; whether you are doing meetings, instruction or just checking in. Learn how to lead and contribute with confidence, remain professionally engaged and visible, create a positive impression, minimize distractions, and avoid common and surprising mistakes that can derail your best intentions.
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Piano 1, Part 1

Have you always wanted to learn to play the piano, or do you want to brush up on skills from years past? No music reading or keyboard experience is required. In a fun, relaxed group environment, we address basic techniques, note reading and music theory as it relates to playing the piano. Must provide your own piano or keyboard during class meeting time. Required text: Adult Piano Adventures All-In-One Piano Course, Book 1, Nancy Faber. Remote learning statement: All class sessions will be held in real-time, with the instructor demonstrating and discussing techniques and opportunities for learner feedback. Students should have an internet-connected device with camera and microphone.
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Piano 1, Part 2

Have you always wanted to learn to play the piano, or do you want to brush up on skills from years past? In a fun, relaxed group environment, we address basic techniques, note reading, and music theory as it relates to playing the piano. Prerequisite: Beginning Piano, Part 1 or very introductory music-reading skills. Must provide own piano or keyboard during class meeting time. Required text: Adult Piano Adventures All-In-One Piano Course, Book 1, Nancy Faber. Remote learning statement: All class sessions will be held in real-time, with the instructor demonstrating and discussing technique, and opportunities for learner feedback. Student should have internet-connected device with camera and microphone.
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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.
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Portuguese 2

Subject Area: LanguagesPortuguese
Become familiar with past tenses, build your vocabulary, and improve your listening and speaking skills. Practice conversing while learning cultural and historical information. In-class activities help with grammar in the context of daily situations.
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Portuguese 3

Subject Area: LanguagesPortuguese
Review the past tenses and get an introduction to new tenses. Grow your vocabulary and improve your conversational skills as you discuss daily life and customs in the Portuguese-speaking world. The course will include readings, podcasts, and lots of opportunity to practice speaking.
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Portuguese 4

Subject Area: LanguagesPortuguese
Perfect your ability to speak about the past. Learn about prepositions and direct and indirect object pronouns, and increase your vocabulary. In addition to the free online textbook, we'll use conversations, songs, short videos, and podcasts as resources.
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Practical Workplace Negotiation Skills for Everyday Issues

The ability to confidently and successfully negotiate is a critical skill. Explore different negotiation approaches and strategies for a range of everyday workplace issues such as salary changes, job responsibilities, and establishing deadlines, with the goal of strengthening relationships.
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Presenting to Influence

Presenters present so that audiences will think or act differently when the presentation ends. This class will help you move audiences from where they are to where you want them to be. Establish credibility using 4 types of "influence power" and style your slides to hold your audience's attention.
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Spanish 6

Subject Area: LanguagesSpanish
Refine your command of advanced grammar topics, such as past uses of the subjunctive tenses and conditional phrases in this highly practical low-advanced class. Learn to use effectively complex structures in speaking and writing as you discuss the Spanish-speaking world.
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Spanish 7

Subject Area: LanguagesSpanish
Learn to have sustained, fluid conversations about a wide range of topics with this advanced course that blends in-person instruction with active online learning. Grammar review and short writings will reinforce speaking and comprehension skills in this highly practical course.
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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.
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Strengths Discovery: Building on Talents for Leadership and Team Success

When you know your unique set of these talents, you are empowered to succeed by doing what you naturally do best. People who use their CliftonStrengths are less likely to experience worry, stress, anger, sadness or physical pain, and are proven to be three times more engaged and happy at work.
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Teaching 21st-Century Skills in College Courses

Customizable
Learn to teach communication, teamwork, critical thinking and self-motivated learning – four 21st-century skills strongly linked to student success. College educators and administrators gain a strong foundation in the theory, research, and practical applications of these crucial skills.
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Teaching Live Online: Keys to Virtual Classroom Instruction

Live online teaching is a flexible approach to teaching that enables face-to-face instructors to use the power of group discussion and class participation while leveraging Internet accessibility. Gain insights and techniques to make the virtual classroom a vibrant and effective learning platform.
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Write now: prompts that propel your prose or poetry: November

Every writer begins by staring into the same blank page. Together we'll fill it. Try your hand at techniques that intensify image, lure with language, enhance character emotion, and surprise both reader and writer. Get support from a writing community and professional critique coach. Includes weekly craft discussions and culminates in an optional 1-page critique. All genres and levels welcome.
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  • Not scheduled at this time. See page for program description.