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ed2go Computer Applications Windows Keyboarding
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If you want to learn touch-typing or improve your existing typing skills, this is the perfect course for you! In these lessons, you'll use the Keyboarding Pro 5 program, a typing tutorial designed for personal computers, to learn how to touch-type—that is, to type text you read from a printed page or a computer screen without looking at your keyboard.  

With the skills you master here, you'll become faster and more confident at the keyboard. By the end of the course, you'll 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.

6 Weeks / 24 Course Hrs
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Details + Objectives

Course Code: key

What You Will Learn
  • Learn how to create, edit, and save word processing documents
  • Improve your typing speed and accuracy
  • Learn posture tips to minimize fatigue and help prevent carpal tunnel syndrome
How the course is taught
  • Instructor-led course
  • 6 weeks in duration
  • Courses begin each month
  • 2 lessons released each week
  • 24 course hours
How you will benefit
  • Successfully take a timed writing test during a job interview
  • Become more confident in your ability to type quickly and accurately
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Week 1

Get acquainted with the Key Pro 5 program, learning about the home row keys and the reach to the key on the QWERTY keyboard. Then, learn the proper techniques for lowercase letters. You'll also find out how to reduce fatigue while typing.

Week 2

Learn four new keystrokes: left SHIFT, h, t, and period (.) and get some great tips for improving speed and accuracy. Continue to build your keyboarding vocabulary by learning new key reaches for r, right SHIFT, c, and o.

Week 3

Continue building your typing vocabulary with the addition of the reaches to the w, comma, b, p, g, question mark (?), x, and u. You’ll also learn about carpal tunnel syndrome and how to avoid it.

Week 4

Learn another eight reaches: q, m, v, and apostrophe ('), z, y, quotation mark ("), and TAB keys. After this week, you'll know the reaches to all the alphabetic keys!

Week 5

Review the z, y, x, q, v, quotation mark, and CAPS LOCK keys and begin learning number reaches. Then, learn the difference between the DELETE key, the BACKSPACE key, and the Cut command as you begin to understand valuable editing tools.

Week 6

Continue to improve your skills with the keys you've already learned, and finish the number reaches. Then, learn two symbol reaches: the dollar sign ($) and the hyphen (-). Finally, work on your accuracy and speed with the Key Pro 5 Skill Building lessons, and find out how you can continue to hone your keyboarding skills long after you've finished this course!

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Instructors & Support
Kathy Van Pelt

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's especially excited about the flexibility that online learning offers students.

Prerequisites / Requirements


There are no prerequisites to take this course.


Hardware Requirements: 

  • This course must be taken on a PC. A Mac is not compatible.

Software Requirements: 

  • Windows XP or later.
  • Browser: The latest version of Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, or Safari (We recommend Firefox or Chrome).
  • When the class starts, you'll receive instructions in Lesson 1 for downloading and installing a working copy of Keyboarding Pro 5. Please do not purchase or download the software from another source. 
  • Adobe Flash Player. Click here to download the Flash Player.
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader. Click here to download the Acrobat Reader.
  • Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.
  • Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.

Instructional material requirements: 

  • The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment and will be available online.
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When can I get started?

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.

How long do I have to complete each lesson?

The interactive discussion area for each lesson automatically closes 2 weeks after each lesson is released, so you’re encouraged to complete each lesson within two weeks of its release.

What if I need an extension?

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.

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