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This We Believe About Teaching Keyboarding [PDF]

Recommendations on standards for demonstrating knowledge and skills in keyboarding technique, skillbuilding, and document processing.

Research
 

Required Typing Speeds, by Dr. Scot Ober [PDF]

In this action-research project, monster.com, Craigs List, and careerbuilder.com online ads that required minimum typing speeds for office/administrative/secretarial positions were searched and scanned. The search identified 30 such listings, shown in the appendix in the order identified, with a summary of results and this conclusion: "Regardless of their competence in word processing, students need high-level typing speeds (typically, at least 60 wpm) in order to even be hired for office positions. Achieving this level of speed requires extensive and systematic skillbuilding practice at every level of keyboarding instruction."
 

Technique
 

This We Believe About Improving Keyboarding Technique [PDF]

Recommendations on how you can help your students improve their keyboarding technique and how GDP Skillbuilding and MAP can help.

Technique Check Form [PDF]
  Technique Check Copy, Lesson 10 (used in Keyboarding 1)
  Sample copy to be typed during a technique check given in Lesson 10 with directions to use the Skillbuilding button, New Key Drills Live Keyboard, and MAP+ Live Keyboard for technique review and remediation. 
 
  Technique Check Copy, Lesson 20 (used in Keyboarding 1 and Keyboarding 2)
  Sample copy to be typed during a technique check given in Lesson 20 with directions to use the Skillbuilding button, New Key Drills Live Keyboard, and MAP+ Live Keyboard for technique review and remediation. 
 
  Technique Self-Assessment [PDF]
  Student self-assessment form, including remediation checklist, students can use to assess and remediate their own technique before an instructor-directed technique check.
 
  Online Technique Self-Assessment [PDF]
  Student self-assessment form, including true/false questions, to evaluate technique.
 

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Orientation to Technique Checks

Orientation to Technique Checks

Topics discussed include fundamental principles for developing proper keyboarding technique, factors used to assess technique, and remediation strategies for identified weaknesses. GDP provides unlimited skillbuilding drills for remediation, such as MAP+, which includes powerful, individualized diagnostics and other drills available via the Skillbuilding button.
 

 

Timed Writings—Open, Custom, & Supplementary

Open, Custom, & Supplementary Timed Writings [PDF] includes directions on creating and using Open, Custom, and Supplementary Timed Writing features.

  • Open Timed Writings allows instructors to have students type from any open copy and have copy scored automatically for speed (students and instructors would have to manually proofread such copy).

  • Custom Timed Writings allows instructors to input their own timed writing copy and have it automatically scored for speed and accuracy.

  • Supplementary Timed Writing allow instructors to have access to extra timed writings already available in the textbook, perhaps for testing purposes.

Custom Timed Writing Copy

 

Download and open any of the timed writings files that follow to access copy related to business, legal, and medical topics that you can copy and paste into GDP to create your own Custom Timed Writings. See Open, Custom, & Supplementary Timed Writings [PDF], "To create a CTW," for details.

  Timed Writing & Skillbuilding Planning Grid [PDF]

All timed writings and skillbuilding available via GDP have been included on this planning grid. Suggestions for skillbuilding remediation have also been included. This grid should be useful in planning courses in which skillbuilding is the main focus. A “Results” column has been included in case you wish to record student progress.

  • Lessons 1-20 include about 50 minutes of skillbuilding.
  • Lessons 21-120 include 15-20 minutes of systematic skillbuilding—that is, each type of exercise builds skill in a different way and each type appears systematically throughout the text. Students can complete them as many times as needed to attain their goals.
  • Timed writing goals in lessons are based on what the author team considers minimum levels of speed and accuracy for a beginning keyboarding student. Note that the range of speed begins in Lesson 1 with “at least” 10 wpm/1'/3e and in Lesson 60 are “at least” 40wpm/5'/5e. So the length of timed writing and error tolerance is adjusted as skill level progressively increases through Lessons 1-120.

Skillbuilding & MAP+
 

GDP offers unlimited, always-new content in Lessons 1-20 due to the availability of MAP+ from Lesson 1 forward.
 
  • MAP+ generates unlimited, always-new skillbuilding drill lines for Lessons 1-18 that include keystrokes learned through each respective lesson.
  • Twenty Enrichment pages are available for Lessons 1-20. Click here for a comparison of South-Western’s 18th edition of Keyboarding and Word Processing (SW/18) coverage to McGraw-Hill’s 11th edition of Gregg College Keyboarding & Document Processing (GDP/11) coverage.

 

 


Skillbuilding & MAP+ (explains the empirical approach to skillbuilding in the 11e)

Orientation to Skillbuilding and MAP+

Orientation to Skillbuilding and MAP+

GDP provides unlimited skillbuilding drills for remediation such as MAP+ including powerful, individualized diagnostics and other drills available via the Skillbuilding, Lessons, and MAP+ buttons.

Timed Writing & Skillbuilding Planning Grid [PDF]

All timed writings and skillbuilding available via GDP have been included on this planning grid. Suggestions for skillbuilding remediation have also been included. This grid should be useful in planning courses in which skillbuilding is the main focus. A “Results” column has been included in case you wish to record student progress.
 

Visit the MAP+ & Skillbuilding page on the Computer Keyboarding Online 11e course Web site for information on how to use GDP skillbuilding routines for MAP+, 12-Second Speed Sprints, Paced Practice, Pretest/Practice/Posttest, Progressive Practice Alphabet/Numbers, Sustained Practice, and Supplementary Timed Writings. Review the table below for the lesson of introduction for each of these skillbuilding routines in GDP.
 

Lesson

BOOK 1: Topics* and New Skillbuilding Routines in Instant Help

Introduction

*General: Getting Started With GDP 11, Logging in to GDP 11, and GDP Technical Requirements

Introduction

*Program Structure: Lessons, The Lessons Menu, and The Navigation Bar

Introduction

*Lesson Features: Speed and Accuracy Goals, Scoring, Scored/Unscored Exercises, Speed Calculation

1A

New Key Drills

1J

Timed Writings (1’)

NA

MAP+ (Additional Skillbuilding Drills), MAP+ Lessons 1-18

Note: These drills are not specifically introduced in the textbook or in GDP lesson menus.

2A

Warmups

11F

Progressive Practice

11G

Technique Practices

11H

  12-Second Speed Sprints

11I

Timed Writings (2’/5e—not specifically explained in Help but length and error limit are increased)

12F

  Sustained Practice

13A

Pretest > Practice > Posttest

16F

Paced Practice

17G

MAP+, Alphabet: for alphabet diagnostics and skillbuilding

19F

MAP+ , Numbers: for numbers diagnostics and skillbuilding

20E

MAP+ ,Symbols: for symbols diagnostics and skillbuilding

22C

Timed Writings (3’/5e—not specifically explained in Help but length is increased)

36C

Timed Writings (3’/4e—not specifically explained in Help but error limit is decreased)

42C

Timed Writings (3’/3e—not specifically explained in Help but error limit is decreased)

52C

Timed Writings (5’/5e—not specifically explained in Help but length and error limit are increased; students are asked to choose a timed writing length of either 3' or 5' from this point forward)

Lesson

BOOK 2: New Skillbuilding Routine in Instant Help

61A

Warmups

61B

MAP+, Alphabet: for alphabet diagnostics and skillbuilding

61C

Progressive Practice

62B

  Sustained Practice

63B

MAP+ , Numbers: for numbers diagnostics and skillbuilding

63C

Pretest > Practice > Posttest

64C

Technique Practices

65B

  12-Second Speed Sprints

65C

Paced Practice

69B

MAP+ ,Symbols: for symbols diagnostics and skillbuilding

 

Assessment & Testing
 


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