About the Authors


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Dr. Sarah Korpi

Dr. Korpi is the Academic Program Director for Independent Learning at UW-Madison’s Division of Continuing Studies. She also teaches online German language courses. Dr. Korpi’s interest in the German language developed through high school German courses, and was solidified by coursework and research opportunities at the University of Minnesota-Duluth, where she earned Bachelor’s degrees in German Studies and American Indian Studies. She continued her education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she earned her MA and PhD in German literature.

A generalist at heart, Dr. Korpi’s research interests include: identity formation in a second language, the American Indian figure in East German children’s literature, accent perception in second languages, professional development for teaching faculty, andragogy and heutagogy, and ESL student support in general education classrooms.

In addition to professional interests. Dr. Korpi enjoys gardening, cooking, automotive repair, and spending time with her family and friends.

Digital Media Specialist

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William Hagen

William is from Cedarburg, Wisconsin, a small town about 25 miles north of Milwaukee. He is currently an undergraduate student at UW-Madison majoring in statistics and environmental science. He also has a passion for the Spanish language and an interest in learning more about Spanish speaking cultures.

William has had a strong background of using technology in a professional setting long before he joined Independent Learning in 2017 here at UW-Madison. He has used his past experiences and skills to transfer course content, organize and format this material, and manage the organization of this information on online platforms. Through his work, he tries to make content easy for independent learners to access and use.

In his free time William enjoys traveling with his family and friends to new places across the globe. He’s been to England, France, Spain, Italy, and Haiti and hopes to add to that list. He also enjoys playing and watching sports, especially basketball and golf. William likes spending time in nature by hiking, swimming, kayaking.