Collaborative Learning


Events / Recent News

Upcoming Lectures & Events

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The following organizations host events regularly:

Center for Russia, East Europe, & Central Asia (CRECA)

Wisconsin Association For Language Teachers


Campus Calendars

Instructors be sure to check the campus calendars page for descrepancies in semester schedules. More...

Quotes: Light an Educational Fire

"It must be remembered that the purpose of education is not to fill the minds of students with facts... it is to teach them to think." ~~ Robert Hutchins


"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world." ~~ Nelson Mandela (1918 - )

Welcome to the Collaborative Language Program!

The UW System Collaborative Language Program (CLP) was established in January of 1998 to provide critical language instruction to university campuses otherwise unable to support these offerings. It is a grant-funded program to spread the wealth of language instruction to adult learners . CLP meets three primary objectives:

  1. Creating collaborative programs is of great interest to all UW institutions.
  2. Technology for distance learning is now pedagogically sound and functionally feasible to support collaborative language instruction.
  3. There is a clear need to focus on strategically important critical languages, primarily Arabic, Chinese, Hmong, Japanese, and Russian.

While the initial focus of the program is on collaborative programming for the less commonly taught languages, the long-term goal is to look at collaborative efforts to provide support for the teaching of all languages and area studies .

Seeking Additional Partnerships

Interested in diversifying your language department? Want to offer additional opportunities to your students beyond what your current institution can afford?

CLP serves approximately 300 students per semester and works collaboratively with several higher education institutions within and beyond Wisconsin. We are continually seeking additional partnerships to further expand opportunities to today's learners. Our partnerships are institutional (not individual) as our courses require students to attend class sessions over a classroom-based interactive two-way videoconferencing system. For more information on partnering with us, contact the CLP program director.

What our partners have to say...

"CLP allowed us to stabilize, expand, and improve the quality of our Japanese language courses. In addition to a minor in Asian Studies, we now also offer a major in Japanese Studies (in collaboration with UW-Oshkosh) and a minor in Japanese. Without our involvement in CLP, we would not have had sufficient enrollment to justify offering Arabic courses. Our ability to offer Arabic is an important factor in the current discussions about the development of a minor or a certificate in Middle Eastern Studies. We are now in the process of developing a travel study to Jordan and the Middle East." Mary Pinkerton, College of Letters & Sciences Dean, UW Whitewater.

"CLP has enabled us to offer Arabic to our students and it is the principal language for students in our Middle East Studies minor and CLP has allowed us to expand our offerings in Hmong 101 and 102." Carter Smith, Department of Languages Chair, UW Eau Claire.

"Our participation in CLP has been integral to our ability to create an Asian Studies minor, with a requirement of two years of either Japanese or Chinese language." Kristine Butler, Department of Modern Languages, UW River Falls.

"UW Oshkosh’s participation in CLP has had a profound and positive impact on the study of foreign languages on our campus by making courses in less commonly taught languages available to our students." Elizabeth Wade-Sirabian, Foreign Languages Department Chair, UW Oshkosh.

Download our Brochure in a PDF document.

Instructional Model

CLP uses a blended model of learning that combines classroom-based interactive two-way videoconferencing (ITV) and today's emerging technology tools. Courses are taught 3-4 days per week in a traditional classroom setting that has been modified for ITV. Through the use of this technology, UW Faculty work closely with students locally and on receiving campuses. Native speaking facilitators aid students at receive sites. In addition to attending class sessions, facilitators hold regular office hours. The use of facilitators helps ensure the success of our program on receiving campuses.

Our blended (hybrid) learning environment integrates a variety of other Internet-based technologies as well. We use a web-based course management system to provide structure and tools such as blogs, wikis, voice technology and webcams for further developing language proficiency.

Data since our program's inception maintain the following:

Majors, Minors, & Certificate programs on campuses throughout the UW System

Curious what majors, minors and certificate programs are offered in the UW System that require language study, particularly those languages offered by CLP? Chart by campus in progress...


Primary locations where CLP Languages are Spoken

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For further information or if you are interested in participating in our program, contact the program director, Lauren Rosen,