S2019 - How to Teach an EQ8 Class

With Mary Ellen Kranz


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Class Overview

Want to teach EQ8, but not sure where to start? Or maybe you are already teaching EQ8 classes but are looking for some tips on best practices, class content, and solutions to those unforeseen tech issues that may arise. For the first time ever, The Electric Quilt Company (with instruction by Mary Ellen Kranz) is hosting a How to Teach an EQ8 Class to provide instruction and insight to potential teachers to help ensure smooth and successful EQ8 classes.

Mary Ellen Kranz has taught EQ classes for over 30 years. She will share her experiences in the classroom, guide you with ideas that have worked for her, and provide insight on those unexpected events that can make or break a class.

Note: This is not a teacher certification course. The Electric Quilt Company does not offer teacher certification, however completion of this class can be listed as experience on your resume.

Course Topics

  • Coming up with the best class titles and descriptions
  • Developing lesson plans
  • Creating appropriate handouts for a beginner or intermediate-level class
  • Advertising the class
  • Discuss how to determine how much you should charge per class, your fees, and travel expenses
  • Determining class requirements (bring your own laptop or try EQ8 before you buy)
  • Utilizing Electric Quilt’s online teacher resources
  • Understanding common technical issues that may arise and how to get through them efficiently
  • Learn how to set up an internet hotspot so you can help students activate or validate their software, if they didn’t do this before class time
  • How to request and use the 14-day trial from EQ for classroom situations
  • Discuss how to keep the class moving at an appropriate pace for students of varying skill levels
  • Walk through the structure of a basic beginner class, and discuss key features to touch on that will excite students and get them wanting more
  • How to provide ancillary files to students for the class (USB, email, etc.)
  • Learn how to handle a class that has students with Windows and Mac computers
  • Ideas for handling the “difficult student” or the “unpredictable event” that can happen during class

Who Should Take this Course

  • Teachers who have never taught EQ classes
  • Teachers who have taught EQ classes, but want to build on and improve their own teaching style
  • EQ users new to teaching who want to learn from an expert
  • Quilt shop owners wanting to teach EQ8 in their shop
Note: This is not a teacher certification course. The Electric Quilt Company does not offer teacher certification, however completion of this class can be listed as experience on your resume.

Course Includes

  • Handouts with resources, instruction, and samples
  • This course is part lecture and part hands-on class. Laptop with EQ8 installed is required!

EQ Academy Reviews

I was pleasantly surprised – after the first day of the 2 day beginner’s class, I could have left happy with what I learned. Highly recommend.

Sandra L - Pennsylvania, USA
EQ Academy Student

Thoroughly enjoyed my EQ classes. Instructors and those helping were outstanding. Well-structured lessons and handouts were excellent.

Jeanne G - Georgia, USA
EQ Academy Student

This is my first EQ Academy. I learned so much. The whole experience far exceeded any expectations I had. I will certainly be back for many more.

Celia T - Oklahoma, USA
EQ Academy Student

This was my first time at the EQ Academy. And it was worth the wait! I learned so much, and came back home and started using what I learned right away. Created my first table runner in EQ8 and actually finished it. Can’t wait to start another project AND attend another class. Thank you for everything.

Cindy W - Georgia, USA
EQ Academy Student

This was a fantastic, energetic, & fun experience learning the EQ8 software. I couldn’t have asked for better instructors. They really wanted you to learn & were so helpful. I would highly recommend signing up for these classes. Thanks to EQ for having these in-person classes.

Catherine H - Kentucky, USA
EQ Academy Student

I am so glad I went. I learned so much. Thank you again for a great learning experience.

Janice B - Michigan, USA
EQ Academy Student

This was an incredible experience and I learned so much! Staff was exceptional and were very patient with all of our questions. I’m looking forward to using EQ8 , thank you to all who helped provide this Academy!

Diane S - Nebraska, USA
EQ Academy Student