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Online institutes

Online institutes are offered as part of the fall or spring session to provide an accessible and flexible learning opportunity wherever you are. The high-quality, noncredit courses are developed and supported by university faculty. School for Workers faculty and staff are available and active throughout the course to ensure participant success along the way. Online institutes are offered in a variety of formats, and each is structured within a registration deadline, class start date, and class end date. Participants are expected to complete the work within the institute’s specified timeframe.

Online institute formats

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Asynchronous online institute

The asynchronous institute is an online class structured into weekly instructional units. Each unit contains readings, short videos, activities, and student discussion boards with weekly deadlines that explores a given topic. Participants may access the course anytime 24/7 to complete the weekly units whenever it fits their schedule.

Hybrid online institute

The hybrid institute is an online class that combines the asynchronous and live classroom formats, coupling one-week instructional units with scheduled live classroom time.

Live classroom online institute

The live classroom is a real-time institute that uses online video conferencing platforms at scheduled times for learning, discussion, and activities.

Enrollment info

Complete your online registration here before the registration deadline date. After successfully registering for classes, you will receive two important e-mails:

  1. Immediately, you will receive a confirmation e-mail that you have successfully registered. The e-mail also provides important information on navigating your online institute and online learning best practices.
  2. Before your class start date, you will receive an e-mail prompting you to create an ID to access the online class platform.

If you do not receive one of the e-mails, please check your junk folder or contact us at

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After completing registration, you will automatically connect to a secure online payment site. Tuition for online institutes is accepted only online at and is due 48-hours before your class start date. 

For a full refund of your online institute, you must notify the School for Workers 48-hours in advance, or more, before the institute start date. Cancellation notification can be done by emailing or by calling 608-262-2112. If the cancellation notification is received less than 48-hours before the institute start date, the cancellation fee will be, at a minimum, one-third of the original tuition. When enrollment criterion is not met, or conditions beyond our control intervene, School for Workers reserves the right to cancel the institute. If the school cancels an institute, registrants will be notified and tuition is refunded in full.

University of Wisconsin–Madison provides equal opportunities in programming. If you need an interpreter or have a disability and require accommodations, please make your request at registration. You may also make this request by contacting the School for Workers office at or 608-262-2112. Requests are confidential.

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