Google Drive and its office productivity applications (now part of Google G Suite) support both real-time and asynchronous collaboration. In this course, you will learn the capability of Google Drive and its productivity applications and work within the Google Apps environment. (Note that while Google is now using G Suite to refer to this group of apps and tools, this branding change has not directly affected course content.)


In this course, you will use your knowledge of productivity tools to work productively in the cloud-based Google Apps environment.

You will:

  • Navigate in the Google Apps environment.
  • Store documents by using Google Drive.
  • Collaborate with Google Docs, Slides, and Drawings.
  • Collaborate with Google Sheets and Forms.
  • Communicate using Google Hangouts.
  • Manage schedules by using Google Calendar.
  • Collaborate by using Google Sites.


This course is designed for business users, educators, students, and knowledge workers in a variety of roles and fields who have a basic knowledge of office-productivity applications and who want to be able to use Google Apps to create, manage, store, and share various types of files for personal or professional use.

This course is also designed for IT professionals who need familiarity with the Google Apps end-user environment to be effective as Google Cloud Services systems administrators or solutions developers in their organizations.


To ensure your success in this course, you should have end-user level skills with Microsoft Windows and any standard web browser, as well as with standard office productivity applications such as the Microsoft Office 2013 suite. To obtain this level of skills and knowledge, you can take a Training to YOU course such as:

  • Using Microsoft® Windows® 8.1
  • Microsoft® Windows® 8.1: Transition from Windows® 7

And, you can take any or all of the courses in the Microsoft Office 2013 curriculum, such as:


Lesson 1: Getting Started

 Topic A: Navigate Google Apps

 Topic B: Communicate Using Gmail

 Lesson 2: Storing Documents Using Google Drive

 Topic A: Add Folders and Files

 Topic B: Manage Folders and Files

 Lesson 3: Collaborating Using Google Docs, Slides, and Drawings

 Topic A: Collaborate Using Google Docs

 Topic B: Collaborate Using Google Slides

 Topic C: Collaborate Using Google Drawings

 Lesson 4: Collaborating Using Google Sheets and Forms

 Topic A: Collaborate Using Google Sheets

 Topic B: Collaborate Using Google Forms

 Lesson 5: Communicating Using Google Hangouts

 Topic A: Communicate Using Hangout Conversations

 Topic B: Communicate Using Hangout Video Calls

 Lesson 6: Managing Schedules Using Google Calendar

 Topic A: Create Events

 Topic B: Customize Your Calendar

 Topic C: Create an Additional Calendar

 Topic D: Manage Tasks

 Lesson 7: Collaborating Using Google Sites

 Topic A: Create a Google Site

 Topic B: Edit a Google Site

 Topic C: Manage a Google Site

 Appendix A: Configuring Account Settings and Maintaining Security

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