Online Courses

Online Professional Development Courses Through LERN

Click the descriptions of upcoming classes below for more information or view all our LERN classes at more information, contact the Office of Continuing Education at 608-758-6565, ext. 360.

Cyber-Security for Managers

Cyber security issues are all around us and reach nearly every part of our business and work, from online banking and education to Facebook and Wi-Fi. Finally, you can get up to date on Cyber Security basics and fundamentals. Designed for non-technical managers, directors and others in the work place, you will find out about threats and vulnerabilities, safeguards, common attacks, viruses, malware and spyware, disaster recover planning, Intrusion Detection/Prevention, basic security architecture, introductory forensics, and cyber terrorism. 

At the end of this course, you will have the knowledge needed to practice safer computing and safeguard your business and work information. $245

Extraordinary Customer Service 

Transform your customer service into something extraordinary. As a result more repeat business will improve your bottom line.  Customer service separates you from your competition. Extraordinary customer service comes from focusing on the few essential elements that yield big results. Discover how easy it is to tweak your customer service from the ordinary to the extraordinary. You'll take away a customer service plan that will help you focus on the key elements that will get you started on your pathway to success. $145

Funding Your Business

That will allow potential business owners the opportunity to explore financial feasibility in three areas: start-up or expansion; profits; and cash. The course will also cover potential debt and equity sources of funds to help create a financially successful venture. The course costs $195.

Instagram for Business

With over 100 million users, Instagram is a marketing gold mine. Discover ways to have your audience generate excellent content for you. Build your community while doing it. Learn how to make hashtags work for you, how to make and keep your followers happy and how a small input can cause exponential growth. We'll also explore Do's and Don'ts of Instagram to get you on the fast track to success. Make the most of Instagram and lead your business to unending exposure. An android or iOS device is needed to take full advantage of the exercises in this class.  $195

Spanish for Medical Professionals I

Are you frustrated by the communication gap that can occur between you and your Spanish-speaking patients? If you answered yes, this Spanish class — designed specifically for healthcare professionals — will help you bridge that gap. You will practice the basic, practical language skills needed to effectively communicate with your Spanish-speaking patients and their families. You will learn the basics of the language, gain an understanding of the culture, and know how to ask the questions crucial to quality healthcare. Whether you speak some Spanish and need a refresher, or speak no Spanish, you will complete the course with the skills you will need to effectively communicate with your Spanish-speaking patients. Students will also need to order an eBook for under $10, or the paperback book version. $145

Spanish for Medical Professionals II

will allow those you have a basic understanding of Spanish to expand their knowledge of the Spanish language and increase their medical vocabulary and practice interviewing patients, taking health history, diagnosing, giving instructions and prescribing medication. $145

Google Analytics 

If you are not reviewing your website statistics, then you are missing several key opportunities to profit from your website traffic.This course, aimed at non-technical users, will take you through all the key techniques and how to use website analytics using the world-standard Google Analytics, a free online tool. You’ll understand your visitor traffic better, learn how to calculate return on investment (ROI) for your online advertising, and find out how to get more conversions and sales from your website visitors. A must for anyone serious about leveraging more success from their website. $195

Google Apps for Business

Google has variety of web based applications and tools to help you become more productive, including Gmail, Google Calendar, Drive, Hangouts, Documents, Spreadsheets, Presentations, and more. Move beyond the basic features you figured out on your own. Be able to use them to work collaboratively and increase productivity. Learn how to run online meetings and webinars. Learn the ins and outs of all the tools Google has to help you become more productive and improve your work communication skills. You will learn time saving tips and strategies to get more done in your work and personal life. $195

Generational Learning Styles for K12 Teachers

Regardless of your age, it is always helpful to increase your understanding of how your current students learn and what your future students might need because students learn in a variety of ways. This course will focus on the influence of generational characteristics on learning styles. Your students learn differently than you do. Come find out how to help your students learn more and discover something new about yourself too!

We will explore fascinating information on the brain and how each generation has responded to their unique “cohort experience." You will acquire the skills and information needed to facilitate Gen Y and the emerging generation of learners. Understand how your own generational characteristics impact your learning AND your teaching. Come away with our top 20 generational techniques for helping your students learn more. $145 with an optional $40 paid later for graduate credit.

Online Learning and Teaching for K12 Teachers

Discover the fascinating world of online learning and teaching. Specifically for K-12 teachers, you will find out why and how your students learn online. Find out about all the wonderful eTools being used, from drag-and-drop games to virtual labs.Then find out how you can begin to use the web in your own teaching. See why web-enhanced courses are being introduced in K-12 schools. Then take home online strategies for helping your students to learn more and preparing them for the workplace. $145, with an optional additional $40 paid later for graduate credit from the University of South Dakota.

Social Media and Online Tools for K12 Teachers

Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, it’s seems everyone, including your students, talk about ways the Internet let’s them stay in touch and see what others are doing. Since many of your students are already there, have you been curious if any of these tools might keep them engaged in your class? Do you ever wonder if there might be some time effective ways to communicate with their parents?  GoogleDocs, Adobe ConnectNow, iGoogle, Flicker, animoto, earth album, Teacher Tube, blogs, virtual labs and yes, even Facebook and Twitter can help you add dimension and interest to your class. Discover tips to use a variety of social media and online tools to help your students. You will also spend some time discussing ways to overcome resistance you might encounter in using these programs. For any teacher interested in social media, from beginners to advanced social networkers. $145, with an optional additional $40 paid later for graduate credit from the University of South Dakota.

Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Today, every school in America has students who have been diagnosed with ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder)—a neurological disorder on the autism spectrum. The effects of this disorder vary widely, but it is important for every teacher to understand how to recognize behaviors that may indicate Asperger’s Syndrome. In this course, you take away strategies for working effectively with Asperger’s students. And you will find out how to work effectively with parents to create the most positive learning environments for children and teens with this disorder. The course is geared for K-12 teachers, but it is also relevant for counselors, faculty in higher education, parents and anyone else interested in understanding this important issue. $145, with an optional additional $40 paid later for graduate credit from the University of South Dakota.

Substitute Teacher Preparation

To be a substitute today it takes student respect, skills and a portfolio of ideas and workable presentations. You may get the first call but the successful substitute gets the second and third call to report. Understand what is expected of a substitute and how to maximize your value to a school. Find out about how to develop a sub notebook, understand classroom management, the latest techniques in developing lesson plans, how to use your own portfolio to assist in teaching, and much more. With information applicable to any U.S. state, this course will provide you with the information you need to know to be successful at any level in any school. It will start you on the teaching path with a working knowledge and a portfolio of ideas to use the day you walk in to a new teaching environment. It will also assist you in finding important information to make you a valuable asset to any school system. $145

Using Cell Phones in the Classroom

Class, turn your cell phones — on!  Most of your students have cell phones, and now you can use this valuable tool in your classroom to engage and involve your students more in their learning. Discover how to implement cell phones in your classroom from a teacher who has done it successfully. Come away with a step-by-step how-to plan on enhancing your students’ learning, and your teaching. $145

Online Personal Enrichment and Professional Development Courses Through Ed2go

Update your skills, discover a new talent or chart a new career path at your own pace and convenience with instructor-led online courses. Visit our Continuing Education website for ed2go at and browse our catalog of more than 100 online courses.

Most courses are $99 and run for six-weeks, with new sessions offered every month.
Courses include:

  • Introduction to Microsoft Excel 2010
  • Accounting Fundamentals
  • Creating Web Pages
  • Happy and Healthy Pregnancy
  • Medical Terminology: A Word Association Approach
  • Speed Spanish
  • Secrets to Better Photography
  • Beginning Writer’s Workshop
  • Project Management Fundamentals
  • Creating WordPress Websites
  • A to Z Grant Writing
  • Grammar Refresher
  • Medical Coding
  • Introduction to SQL
  • Introduction to Quickbooks 2012
  • Intermediate Microsoft Excel 2010
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology
  • Introduction to Java Programming
  • Introduction to Microsoft Access 2010
  • Fundamentals of Supervision and Management
  • Computer Skills for the Workplace
  • Become a Veterinary Assistant
  • Effective Business Writing
  • And many more!

How to get started:

  1. To see all the courses we offer, visit our Online Instruction Center:
  2. Click the Courses link, choose the department and course title you are interested in and select the Enroll Now button. Follow the instructions to enroll and pay for your course. Here you will enter your e-mail address and choose a password that will grant you access to the Classroom.
  3. When your course starts, return to our Online Instruction Center and click the Classroom link. To begin your studies, simply log in with your e-mail and the password you selected during enrollment.