If you want to learn touch-typing or improve your existing typing skills, this is the perfect course for you In these lessons, you will use the Keyboarding Pro 5 program, a typing tutorial designed for personal computers, to learn how to touch-typeâthat is, to type text you read from a printed page or a computer screen without looking at your keyboard.
Using Keyboarding Pro built-in word processor, you will learn how to create, edit, and save word processing documents. As you improve your typing speed and accuracy, you will use the word processors timed writing feature to continually hone your skills. you will even learn posture tips to minimize fatigue and help prevent carpal tunnel syndrome.
With the skills you master here, you will become faster and more confident at the keyboard. By the end of the course, you will know how to touch-type the alphabetic, numeric, and symbol keys; create, save, and edit word processing documents; and successfully take a timed writing test during a job interview.
A new session of each course opens each month, allowing you to enroll whenever your busy schedule permits
How does it work? Once a session starts, two lessons will be released each week, for the six-week duration of your course. You will have access to all previously released lessons until the course ends.
Keep in mind that the interactive discussion area for each lesson automatically closes 2 weeks after each lesson is released, so you are encouraged to complete each lesson within two weeks of its release.
The Final Exam will be released on the same day as the last lesson. Once the Final Exam has been released, you will have 2 weeks plus 10 days to complete the Final and finish any remaining lessons in your course. No further extensions can be provided beyond these 10 days.
Lesson 01 - Getting Started with Key Pro 5
Our first lesson guides you step by step as you download, install, and set up Key Pro 5. you will also get acquainted with the program, learning about the home row keys and the reach to the i key on the QWERTY keyboard. Are you confused about what home row and QWERTY mean? do not worryâI will explain it all.
Lesson 02 - Lowercase Letters, Plus the Reaches to the e and the n
Now that you are getting comfortable with the home row on the QWERTY keyboard, its time to introduce you to some new keys. Today you will learn the proper techniques for lowercase letters. you will also use Key Pro 5 to practice the reaches to the e and the n. Also, is all this typing causing you aches and pains? you will find out how to reduce fatigue while typing. The good habits you learn today will pay off in the future
Lesson 03 - The Left Shift, h, t, and Period Reaches
In this lesson, you will learn four new keystrokes: left SHIFT, h, t, and period (.). I'll also provide some tips on improving speed and accuracy and introduce you to the Key Pro 5 word processor program.
Lesson 04 - Learn the r, Right SHIFT, c, and o Reaches
Continue to build your keyboarding vocabulary by learning four new key reaches in this lesson: r, right SHIFT, c, and o. We'll also talk about âthe Zen of typingâ . . . in other words, how touch-typing becomes an instinctive and unconscious action.
Lesson 05 - The w, Comma, b, and p Reaches
Your typing vocabulary continues to expand rapidly with the addition of the reaches to the w, comma, b, and p. Before you know it, you will be typing complete paragraphs! This lesson also covers what you need to know about carpal tunnel syndrome, a serious and painful condition that you can avoid.
Lesson 06 - The g, Question Mark, x, and u Reaches
Expand your typing vocabulary by mastering four more key reaches: the g, question mark (?), x, and u. Just a few more reaches, and you will know how to type the whole alphabet! In this lesson, you will also learn about the function (FN) key and the numbers lock (NUM LOCK) key, which are on most laptop keyboards.
Lesson 07 - The q, m, v, and Apostrophe Reaches
Today you will add another four reaches to your typing vocabulary: q, m, v, and apostrophe ('). you will also learn how to save a document with a word processing program.
Lesson 08 - The z, y, Quotation Mark, and TAB Reaches
its time to add another four reaches to your typing vocabulary: the z, y, quotation mark ("), and TAB keys. After this lesson, you will know the reaches to all the alphabetic keys! you will also find out how to open, edit, and resave word processing documents.
Lesson 09 - Alphabetic Key Review, the 1 and 8 Number Reaches, and Timed Writings
Are you ready to improve your skills and learn some new ones? After you review the z, y, x, q, v, quotation mark, and CAPS LOCK keys, you will learn the reaches to the numbers 1 and 8. Then you will take timed writings in the Key Pro 5 word processor.
Lesson 10 - Number Reaches, Deleting Text, and Alphabetic Key Review
Whats the difference between the DELETE key, the BACKSPACE key, and the Cut command? By the end of this lesson, you will understand how and when to use these three editing tools. you will also continue to improve your skills with the alphabetic keys, plus you will learn more number reaches: 5, 0, 2, and 7.
Lesson 11 - Number and Symbol Reaches, Number Rules, and Key Review
When should you spell out numbers (like this: one, nine, five hundred), and when should you write them as figures (1, 9, 500)? I will explain in this lesson. you will also continue to improve your skills with the keys you have already learned, and you will finish the number reaches by mastering 4, 9, 3, and 6. Then you will learn two symbol reaches: the dollar sign ($) and the hyphen (-).
Lesson 12 - Symbol Reaches and Skill Building
you have already mastered some of the symbols and punctuation marks. Today, in our last lesson together, you will meet the rest of the symbols. you will also work on your accuracy and speed with the Key Pro 5 Skill Building lessons. And you will find out how you can continue to hone your keyboarding skills long after you have finished this course
Subject Matter Expert
Kathy Van Pelt has been involved in education for many years, teaching and assisting students with microcomputer application courses. Kathy specializes in Microsoft Office applications, Google Drive and Google Applications, the Windows and Mac operating systems, and keyboarding. For the past 25 years, she has taught computer courses at a community college, teaching both in the classroom and online. Before that, she spent nine years teaching word processing and business classes at a private business college. She loves being in the ever-evolving educational field, and she is especially excited about the flexibility that online learning offers students.
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