Week 1

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Computer Keyboarding 1 Online
(Specific information is intended as an example only.)

Mandatory On-Campus Orientation:

We will meet on campus for a mandatory orientation session this week and/or next week. I will e-mail you with details. Be sure you have submitted the Questionnaire or I will not be able to contact you.

  • Your online success depends largely on your ability and commitment to read and follow directions in your textbooks, GDP, these assignment sheets, and e-mail.

  • In a traditional classroom setting, the content of these assignment sheets would be the basis for my classroom presentations.

Developing Technique

Review all information on the Technique Check page.

It's a stretch! Download this file, "Ergonomic Stretches for the Office," for some great stretches whenever you need a break.

Orientation to GDP Software

  1. Log on to GDP with your student credentials, and click the Help icon.
  2. Note that a new browser window opens for Instant Help; click View All Entries.
  3. In the left pane under Sections, click General; in the right pane, click View Instructions under Getting Started With GDP 11, Logging in to GDP 11, and GDP Technical Requirements.
  4. In the left pane under Sections, click Program Structure; in the right pane, click View Instructions under Lessons, The Lessons Menu, and The Navigation Bar.
  5. In the left pane under Sections, click Lesson Features; in the right pane, click View Instructions under Scoring and Scored and Unscored Exercises.

When you are finished, close the Instant Help window, and click the GDP11e button in the Windows taskbar to resume work in GDP.

Getting Started

  • Open your textbook to Lesson 1. If you have not yet purchased your textbook click WEEK 1: Unit 1, Lessons 1-5 to download a PDF file for these lessons for printing. You are still responsible for buying your supplies as soon as possible, but this file will help you get started the first couple of weeks.
  • In GDP click the Part 1 tab, Unit 1, Lesson 1, and follow screen directions.
  • In GDP, click My GDP, Resources; click the Open next to "11e Errata List for Students," and make all the listed changes in your textbook and Word Manual. If you receive an error opening the file, make sure you have the latest version of Adobe Reader installed. Click here to download and install it.
  • In GDP, click My GDP, Resources; click the Open next to "Best Classroom Practices for Students," and read the information.
Lesson 1: A-J

Note: Use the Volume button (to the left of the Help button on the top right corner of the screen) to turn sound off and on as desired. Leave the volume on whenever possible for demonstrations of new keys and skillbuilding.

Always click Done as soon as you finish a skillbuilding exercise, or your work won’t be saved to your Portfolio!
  1. Click the Help icon.
  2. In the new browser window for Instant Help, click View All Entries; in the left pane under Sections, click New Key Drills; in the right pane under New Key Drills, click View Instructions.

Lesson 1-J, 1-Minute Timed Writing
TW Goal: 10/3e

  1. Click the Help icon.
  2. In the new browser window for Instant Help, click View All Entries.
  3. In the left pane under Sections, click Timed Writings; in the right pane under Timed Writings, click View Instructions.
  4. In the left pane under Sections, click Lesson Features; in the right pane, click View Instructions under Speed and Accuracy Goals, Scoring, Scored and Unscored Exercises, and Speed Calculation.

Note: The timer starts when you press the first keystroke. If you finish the line before the time is up, press Enter and continue typing until time is up. If your error limit is 3, you are not penalized for making any errors up to 3. If you meet the goal in either of the two timed writings and have typing by touch (without looking) using correct fingering, you have mastered the lesson and are ready to continue to the next lesson.

Keystroking Error Marking

When time runs at the end of a timed writing, GDP scores your copy automatically and errors are marked in red, blue, or green as follows:

  •  Misstrokes (misspellings or errors in spacing or punctuation after a word) appear in red text.
  •  Omissions (words you left out by mistake) appear in green text.
  •  Insertions (words you added by mistake) appear in blue text.
Scoring Legend:

Timed Writing Goals

The timed writing at the end of each lesson is the measure of your success on the lesson, so pay attention to your results and compare them to the goal listed.

The goal in Lesson 1 is to type at least 10 wpm (complete line 18) in 1 minute with a maximum of 3 errors on either one of the two timed writings you are required to take.
In this first attempt, the speed goal of 10 wpm was not met; even though the error limit was met, the timing should be repeated.
In this second attempt, the speed goal of 10 wpm was met; however, the error limit was exceeded; therefore, remedial (review) practice is needed before continuing to Lesson 2.
In this new attempt, the speed and error goal were both met; therefore, the student should continue to Lesson 2.

Remediation and Review

If you don't believe the timed writing results are an accurate reflection of your skill (maybe you were overly nervous), repeat the two timed writings again. If you still don't meet the goals, try this:

  • If you believe you are using incorrect fingering, visit the MAP+ Skillbuilding page, Intensive Practice link for steps to resolve this.
  • When you are finished reviewing, repeat the timed writings to assess your success. You should be able to meet the timed writing goals at this point. If you still can't, see me for help.