Next Class Begins April 6, 2015


Google+ has surpassed Twitter to become the second largest social network next to Facebook. Discover the best ways to use this popular and emerging social media platform to raise your online profile, and connect with current and potential new contacts. You’ll learn the advantages of using Google+, how it can help your organization to engage existing users and grow your base, and techniques for using the platform to create relationships, and expand your reach and knowledge in particular subject matter areas.

One month; Jeff Kart, instructor

Directional Arrows Course Objectives

  • To provide a thorough understanding of Google+ and how it can be used and leveraged.
  • To explain how to build a Google+ page, and address the challenges and opportunities in building a following and communicating effectively within the network.
  • To explain the best techniques to use Communities, Hangouts, and other Google+ functions to raise the profile of your organization.
  • To address how to build a Google+ network, and choose who you follow.
  • To provide the knowledge to brand your organization on Google+, offer tips on best practices and what to avoid.

Puzzle Pieces Course Outcomes

At the end of successfully completing the course, you will:

  • Know how to use Google+ as a networking, marketing and knowledge-building tool.
  • Be able to better engage existing clients and develop new relationships in the Google world, expanding the online and real-world reach of your organization.
  • Know how to use the platform and its major functions to create, share and discover.
  • Expand the reach of your brand beyond older social media platforms to never, emerging platforms.

Question MarkAbout online learning

Online learning is a fun, enjoyable and very productive way to learn. Millions of people are learning online each year. You will engage with the instructor and other participants. You will get to know your instructor and other participants. You may make friends. It’s easy. It’s fun. 

GearsHow the Course Works

It is easy to participate in your online course. After you register, you will be given a web address to go to get into your online classroom. You will have a password and use your email address and password to gain access.

Once inside the online classroom, here’s what you can expect.

Calendar Participate when you want

You can participate any time of day or evening. The online classroom is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
There are no live real-time requirements or meetings. You decide when you participate.
For the best learning, participants should log into the course on 2-3 different days of the week.

ChecklistWhat you will do

For each Unit, you will:

  • Read the print readings (about 20 pages a week)
  • Have the option of accessing the online readings
  • Listen to the audio presentation for the Unit and view the slides
  • Have the option of taking a self-quiz to see how much you have learned
  • Engage in written online discussion with your instructor and other participants

For best learning, you should make one or more comments at 2-3 different times each week.
The content (readings, audio lectures, slides) and self quizzes are accessible for the entire course, so you can work ahead, or go back and review again, at your convenience.

Discussion Discussion

The Discussion for each Unit lasts one week. All comments are made in writing and can be made at any time of the day or night.

Your instructor will log into the Discussion area at least once a day and answer questions, make comments, and respond to comments by you and the other participants.

We encourage you to make 2-3 comments each week to maximize your learning and enjoyment of the course.

It’s easy! It’s fun.

Mac MiniTechnical Requirements


  • Internet access with Internet Explorer; Firefox Mozilla; or Safari web browser.

  • Audio software such as Windows Media, Real, or Flash.

  • Speakers to listen to audio.

About the Instructor 

Jeff Kart is a communications adviser for an international governmental organization, managing editor for a scientific publication, and a former environmental journalist with more than 20 years of experience in writing, editing, and social media.




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Spring Session:

04-6-2015 - 05-1-2015






One-month course, $195.