Google Offers Free ‘Power Searching’ Classes

If your searching skills could use some brushing up, or you want to use Google more effectively, help is arriving. Google is offering a series of free, online courses it’s calling “Power Searching.”

Google says it will offer six 50 minute courses; three each week from July 10 through July 19th. At the successful completion of the course, you get a certificate suitable for framing.

Perhaps the most exciting part about it is that you’ll get to interact with the top minds in search through Google+ hangouts and Google groups set up for this class. As the announcement on their official blog says, “Power Searching with Google blends the MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) learning format pioneered by Stanford and MIT with our social and communication tools to create what we hope is a true community learning experience.”

Assuming your questions don’t get answered in the class format, it might be worthwhile attending if only to see if you can ask some of the experts there.

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Google says, “Lessons will be released daily starting on July 10, 2012, and you can take them according to your own schedule during a two-week window.”

You can register until July 16th (though they recommend you register before the first class starts on the 10th). As far as I can tell, they aren’t limiting the number of registrants.

Lance Haun is the practice director of strategy and insights for The Starr Conspiracy, where he focuses on researching and writing about work technology. He is also a former editor for ERE Media, broadly covering the world of human resources, recruiting, and sourcing. 
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