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August Online MECA

Continuing Education Courses


Taking the Classroom to Google: Organize Your Music Program for Remote Learning


August 10-September 6, 2020

Course Code

6260A & 6260B


0 - 1 Graduation Credit


$199, due in full with registration Course Code 6260A. $355, due in full with registration Course Code 6260B.


Whether you had a good experience, were somewhat overwhelmed, or just tried to survive, remote teaching became a sudden reality for all of us this year. And while we don’t quite know what yet lies ahead, preparing your program for the possibility of more online instruction will save you time and energy in the future.

This four-week course will present numerous options that will help you organize, create, and reform your music program from the classroom to Google. Because all of our situations and positions are different, you will get to decide which specific tasks and assignments will benefit your music program the most. Among the topics to be covered:

• Setting up and running Google Meets
• Setting up and running Google Classroom
• Uploading and formatting pre-existing word documents into Google Docs
• Familiarizing yourself with Google Sheet features, functions and formulas
• Assigning self-grading quizzes through Google Forms
• Creating and organizing Gmail Contact Groups, Filters and Labels
• Setting up Google Reminders and Tasks
• Creating and publishing Google Slides presentation

Week four will conclude with a final culminating project that includes application of knowledge and skills acquired from weeks 1-3.

Note: This course is designed for K-12 music teachers. This course was also designed specifically for the novice Google user but all skill levels welcome.


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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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