Getting Started with Google Workspace
More and more businesses are switching to Google Workspace for their business documents and communications. Are you ready? In this course, you will get experience with nine great Google apps for business and personal use, including Gmail, Docs, Sheets, and Slides, and learn how they all work together in a seamless suite.
Details + Objectives
Course code: ggw
In a business environment—using Google Workspace, a web-based suite of applications designed for different types of work—can significantly increase your productivity. These apps can increase creativity, critical thinking, and communication in a classroom setting. Google Workspace can also be beneficial in personal use as you look to deepen your understanding of working with others, including family, friends, teammates, volunteers, and more!
In this Google Workspace training course, you will learn about the many free apps (Gmail, Docs, Sheets, Slides, Drive, Contacts, Calendar, Meet, and Chat) that Google makes available on the web and how to put them to work for business, hobbies, and personal projects. You will find out how to use each of the most popular Google apps and how they fit together to support each other and make things easier for you—from sending email messages to creating business and personal documents to sharing files and more.
Upon successful completion of your course, you will know the ins and outs of Google Workspace apps, such as beginner and advanced features and formulas from your Google Sheets training, Gmail best practices, and world-class presentations produced using Slides.
What you will learn
- Send and receive mail with Gmail
- Manage appointments and contacts
- Schedule and host video meetings
- Create business documents and spreadsheets
- Produce and deliver business presentations
How you will benefit
- Master multiple types of professional online communication
- Create business letters and reports that help you shine in writing
- Build spreadsheets that help people understand financial data
- Enhance your speeches and presentations with attractive supporting graphics
How the course is taught
- Instructor-led or self-paced online course
- 6 Weeks or 3 Months access
- 24 course hours
New to Google Workspace? This lesson provides a gentle, no-experience-required introduction. You'll learn how to sign up for a Google account and discover the benefits and drawbacks of using the free online Workspace apps. You'll learn how to sign in and out of your Google account and how to switch between Google apps, and you'll explore some interfaces and find out how to get help.
This lesson introduces some fundamental skills for working with Gmail, including reading your incoming mail, composing and sending messages, and replying to messages you receive. You'll also discover how to format a message using HTML or Rich Text formatting and how to check your messages for spelling.
This lesson helps you improve your mail-handling efficiency. You'll find out how to assign stars, flags, and labels to messages to prioritize and categorize them and how to snooze, archive, and delete messages that you don't want to see anymore. Then you'll learn how to customize the Gmail interface and use advanced features like signatures, vacation responders, and filters.
This lesson covers two important Google apps that integrate tightly with each other and with Gmail. You'll learn how to create several types of calendar items, including events, reminders, and tasks, and how to change and delete items. You'll practice setting up recurring calendar events, sharing your calendar, and using multiple calendars. Then you'll learn how to create and import contact information into Google Contacts and how to use that data to send email messages.
This lesson covers Google's tools for communicating in real-time. You'll learn how to host and attend video meetings in Google Meet and use features like screen sharing, a whiteboard, and in-meeting text chat. Then you'll learn about Google Chat, the text chat client you can use to message anyone with a Google account at any time. There's even a Chat desktop app! You'll also discover Spaces, a browser-based project collaboration app.
This lesson is about Google Drive, a cloud-based file management system tightly integrated with the business apps in the Google Workspace suite. You'll find out how to upload and download files and manage files by creating and deleting folders, moving and copying files, and renaming and deleting them. You'll discover how to share your files with others in various ways and how to adjust Drive settings. You'll also find out about the Google Drive for Desktop app.
This lesson introduces Google Docs, a word processing app you can use to create many kinds of business and personal documents. You will learn how to create new documents and edit and save your work. You'll apply many different types of formatting and learn how to print a document. You'll also discover how you can collaborate online with colleagues on a draft document and how to export documents in formats compatible with other word processing apps.
This lesson continues our look at Google Docs, exploring some of its more advanced features. You'll learn how to create and format tables and insert and position images. There's a lot you can do with an image in Docs, and you'll find out how to size, position, and format images, as well as how to control how text and images interact. You'll also learn about various unique features that make your documents appear more professional, including special characters, headers and footers, manual line and page breaks, sections, and spelling and grammar correction.
This lesson introduces Google Sheets, a spreadsheet app that can help you organize and analyze structured data. You'll learn spreadsheet basics and then launch into creating and editing your spreadsheet. You'll practice applying various types of formatting and then learn how to create basic formulas and functions that can help you perform calculations on numeric data.
In this lesson, we continue our exploration of Google Sheets by looking at some more advanced features. First, you'll try out several functions, including math, financial, dates, and logic. Then you'll learn how to store a simple database in Sheets and sort and filter the data there. This lesson wraps up with a look at charts; you'll find out how to create and modify a chart, change its type, and apply various kinds of formatting to it.
This lesson introduces you to Google Slides, an app for creating presentation graphics. You will develop your slide show, including several types of content such as text boxes, pictures, tables, and charts. Then you'll learn about preparing your presentation for delivery to an audience using tools like speaker notes, managing a live onscreen presentation, and publishing a presentation to the web.
In this final lesson, you'll put all your learned skills together. You'll learn how to move and copy data between apps and how to create dynamic links to that content. You'll practice sharing your work using Gmail too. Next, you'll learn how to share data between Google apps and the equivalent Microsoft Office apps. Finally, you will learn how you can share content between other apps that don't necessarily support Google formats directly.
Instructors & Support
Brad Semp, Ph.D., is Chief Executive Officer (CEO) at a global corporation, a lifelong entrepreneur, and a former professor of Bachelor and Master of Science Courses in Internet Marketing. Dr. Semp is active on social media platforms to engage with prospects and customers, expand relationships, and grow businesses. He routinely coaches other entrepreneurs and business owners and consults with Fortune 500 organizations on how to design and implement effective social media systems, strategies, and tactics.
Instructor Interaction: The instructor looks forward to interacting with learners in the online moderated discussion area to share their expertise and answer any questions you may have on the course content.
There are no prerequisites to take this course.
- This course can be taken on a PC, Mac, or Chromebook.
- Operating System:
- Windows: Windows 7 or later
- Mac: macOS El Capitan 10.11 or later
- Linux: 64-bit Ubuntu 18.04+, Debian 10+, openSUSE 15.2+, or Fedora Linux 32+ running on an Intel Pentium 4 processor or later that's SSE3 capable
- Android Marshmallow 6.0 or later
- Browser: Google Chrome (latest version).
- Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.
- Google account (can be created in Lesson 1).
- Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.
Instructional Material Requirements:
The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment and will be available online.
Instructor-Led: A new session of each course begins each month. Please refer to the session start dates for scheduling.
Self-Paced: Your course begins immediately after you enroll.
Instructor-Led: Once a course session starts, two lessons will be released each week for the 6 week duration of your course. You will have access to all previously released lessons until the course ends. You will interact with the instructor through the online discussion area. There are no live sessions or online meetings with the instructor.
Self-Paced: You have 3 months of access to the course. After enrolling, you can learn and complete the course at your own pace, within the allotted access period. You will have the opportunity to interact with other students in the online discussion area.
Instructor-Led: The interactive discussion area for each lesson automatically closes two weeks after each lesson is released, so you're encouraged to complete each lesson within two weeks of its release. However, you will have access to all lessons from the time they are released until the course ends.
Self-Paced: There is no time limit to complete each lesson, other than completing all lessons within the allotted access period. Discussion areas for each lesson are open for the entire duration of the course.
Instructor-Led: Students enrolled in a six-week online class benefit from a one-time, 10-day extension for each course. No further extensions can be provided beyond these 10 days.
Self-Paced: Because this course is self-paced, no extensions will be granted after the start of your enrollment.