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Fall 2020 MECA, Spring 2021 MECA, Summer 2021 MECA

Continuing Education Courses


Exploring & Creating Resources for Online Teaching & Learning


June 7-August 1, 2021

Course Code



3 Graduate Credits


$1,065, due in full with registration


There are countless online tools that enable teachers to create engaging materials that support all aspects of music teaching and learning, in both synchronous and asynchronous environments. This course is designed for music educators of all levels who are curious and motivated to explore and learn a variety of cloud-based tools that can be used to inspire creativity, encourage hands-on learning, and equip you and your students with digital skills.

This project-based course will examine several topics, including: music creation and collaboration; creative and effective image editing and design; streaming audio and video; recording and editing screencast videos; easy website design; live streaming, web conferencing, and learning management systems effectively; and the use of myriad educational technology tools for creating and sharing projects, presentations and assessment.

Free and low-cost cloud-based tools will be used in this course, with mention of software-installed solutions when relevant.

Course Learning Objectives
At the conclusion of this course you will be able to:

  • Use online music production and composition tools such as Soundtrap and Noteflight for lesson creation and collaboration
  • Use live audio recording for assessment and feedback
  • Use Canva and Pixlr E to create colorful and interesting graphic designs
  • Identify classroom integration strategies for a variety of streaming audio and video services
  • Record and edit video, including screencasts and video stories
  • Design a simple website for curriculum or advocacy purposes
  • Live stream video from Facebook and YouTube
  • Effectively use web conferencing tools for music instruction
  • Use education technology tools such as Flipgrid, EdPuzzle, Wakelet and more.


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Learning Platform Information (Online Courses Only)

Schoology is a learning management system that allows you to interact directly with your instructors, fellow students, and members of the greater VanderCook community.

The evening  before your class begins, be on the lookout for an email from Schoology with log-in instructions. Once you receive credentials, visit to login. 

Some courses have specific online chat meeting times (please see course descriptions), while others have a flexible meeting schedule. You can expect all courses to meet together in a live online chat. If a live meeting time doesn’t work, you can work with your instructor to make other arrangements.

More information about Schoology can be found at

Please see specific software/hardware requirements in the course description.

Online course grades are available within two weeks of the course(s) completion.  If you need a transcript, please CLICK HERE to access the online transcript request form. For a faster turnaround time, please submit the transcript request to the registrar prior to the end of your course(s).


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