About the Courseware

Pages: 522 | Copyright: 2020

Authors: Audrey Roggenkamp, Pierce College Puyallup

This courseware and the accompanying Online Lab provide instruction in the basic keyboarding skills needed to key alphabetic, numeric, and symbol characters on a standard keyboard. The courseware also teaches the skills needed to use a 10-key numeric keypad.

Students gain instruction in the basic elements of word processing using Microsoft Word 2019 for document production. Word features are applied to the production of a variety of business documents and manuscripts, with an emphasis on proper formatting. No prior experience in keyboarding (or typing) and word processing is required to use this courseware.

The emphasis of this courseware is to develop a student's keyboarding speed and accuracy skills, a firm command of Word features, and the ability to prepare documents quickly, accurately, and with correct formatting.

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Table of contents

Table of Contents

Unit 1. Alphabetic Keys
Unit 2. Number Row Keys
Unit 3. Punctuation and Symbol Keys
Unit 4. Numeric Keys
Unit 5. Thinking and Composing at the Keyboard
Unit 6. Alphabet Reinforcement
Unit 7. Email and Memos Part I
Unit 8. Business Correspondence Part I
Unit 9. Tables Part I
Unit 10. Business Reports Part I
Unit 11. Manuscripts and Research Papers Part I
Unit 12. Productivity Measurement Part

Key Features and Benefits

  • Students can work at their own pace and can repeat session activities as often as needed.
  • All key locations and proper finger positioning and finger reaches are clearly shown with keyboard diagrams, available in the student text and in the Online Lab.
  • Dynamic videos demonstrate finger technique.
  • Students' skills are reinforced and applied through multiple drills.
  • Diagnostic software identifies keys the student is struggling with and provides additional, customized practice activities to help the student improve those key reaches.
  • Students also encounter success tips and ergonomic tips throughout the session.

About the Paradigm Keyboarding Online Lab

The Paradigm Keyboarding Online Lab is a web-based learning management system (LMS). The Online Lab gives students access to their course activities from any web-connected, Windows-based computer. Instructors also have access to all student work and scores by launching and logging into the Online Lab.

All Online Lab activities are referenced in the student text, individually numbered, and clearly identified in the left margin of the text. The activities in the Online Lab include exercises, videos, and timings.

Lab activities

Exercises

To keep the drill work interesting, there are a wide variety of
exercise types in the Online Lab. Students will complete activities
by either referring to prompts on screen or by keying from drill
lines printed in the textbook. The textbook and Online Lab provide
clear directions to guide students through the learning experience.
Students will not get lost!

Videos

Videos demonstrate correct finger positioning and finger reaches for all keys. Students can use these videos to help develop good keyboarding technique, which is essential for developing speed and accuracy.

Timings

Timings are an important tool in assessing keying proficiency, and the Online Lab provides immediate feedback on speed and accuracy for all timings. Timings begin in Session 6, with a 1-minute duration. The first 3-minute timing is introduced in Session 18, and the first 5-minute timing appears in Session 28. Instructors can adjust the minimum error and target WPM counts for timings as desired.

Grade Book and Reports

The Online Lab includes a grade book that automatically documents the grades for all completed timings and checked document activities. Instructors can add other activities to the grade book and then enter grades for those activities. Instructors can also edit grades. All grade data may be easily exported to other learning management systems.

The Online Lab also includes reports designed to allow students and instructors to assess student progress through the courseware. The reports include the Prescriptive Analysis report, the Progress report, the Timings Performance report, and the Average Timings Performance report.

Instructor Resources

The Keyboarding Online Lab includes extensive reports documenting student activity and a grade book for assigning grades and tracking student progress.

Additional instructor support is available through the Instructor eResources link in the Online Lab and includes a sample syllabus, reference material and instructional support for each session, a theory quiz, general suggestions on teaching keyboarding, a set of PowerPoint presentations with lecture notes, rubrics for evaluating unchecked document activities, as well as content for pretest and posttest timings. Students complete pre-test and post-test timings in the Online Lab.