Typing Essentials

Hours: 24 / Access Length: 180 Days / Delivery: Online, Self-Paced
Retail Price: $139.95

Course Overview:

In this Typing Essentials course, we introduce you to the fundamentals of learning to type or keyboard.  We'll cover the layout of the keyboard, proper posture, finger and hand position, as well as learning how to use the proper finger for striking the different keys on the keyboard.  The course utilizes a typing software tool that provides instruction, practice activities, and skill checks.  Whether you are new to keyboarding or looking to enhance your current capabilities, this is for you!  Learn to build confidence, enhance accuracy and speed in your typing skills!

Students will:
  • Explore proper hand positions
  • Learn which fingers are used for the different keys on the keyboard
  • Practice typing technique
  • Identify the proper body position for keyboarding

Course Outline:

Lesson 1: Introduction to Keyboarding

In this lesson we discuss how the course is structured and what will be covered.  You will also learn some helpful tips or habits to establish as you learn how to use a keyboard.

Lesson 2: Assessing Your Current Skill Level

In this lesson you complete the process of assessing your current skill level.  This is required so that your own personal typing goal can be set.  This will allow you to work on increasing speed and accuracy.

Lesson 3: Posture Counts!

How you sit at the keyboard can influence your speed and accuracy. More importantly, it affects the strain on your body.  Lesson 3 covers the correct ergonomic positioning of your body to avoid the aches, strains and fatigue associated with improper positioning.

Lesson 4: Home Position and Learning Letters I, T, O, R, N

Being able to type with all 10 fingers requires stretching out from the home position to reach other keys.  Most fingers are responsible for one or more keys.  In this lesson we learn the importance of keeping hands in the home position as you practice stretching and reaching for other keys.  Focus will be on finger movements, always returning to the home position.

Lesson 5: Learning Letters H, E, P, W, M, C, G, Y, Shift

In this lesson we learn additional key strikes from the home position. Focus continues to be on finger movements, always returning to the home position. Learning the location of the keys will increase your speed and accuracy.

Lesson 6: Learning Letters U, B, V, X, Q, and Z

In this lesson we learn the last few letters of the keyboard.  Reaching for letters not in the home position should become second nature.

Lesson 7: Numbers and Modifier Keys

This lesson takes us to the number keys on your keyboard. Practice accessing keys that have more than one function, or that are part of a specially dedicated numeric keypad.

All necessary materials are included.

System Requirements:

System Requirements:

Internet Connectivity Requirements:
  • Cable and DSL internet connections are recommended for the best experience.
Hardware Requirements:
  • CPU: 1 GHz or higher
  • RAM: 2 GB or higher
  • Resolution: 1280 x 720 or higher
  • Speakers / Headphones
  • Microphone (Webinar / Live Online sessions)
Operating System Requirements:
  • Microsoft Windows 7 or 10 (Home, Pro)
  • Mac OSX 10 or higher.
  • Latest Chrome OS
  • Latest Linux Distributions

NOTE: While we understand that our courses can be viewed on Android and iPhone devices, we do not recommend the use of these devices for our courses. The size of these devices do not provide a good learning environment for students taking online or live online based courses.

Web Browser Requirements:
  • Latest Google Chrome is recommended for the best experience.
  • Latest Mozilla FireFox
  • Latest Microsoft Edge
  • Latest Apple Safari
Basic Software Requirements (These are recommendations of software to use):
  • Office suite software (Microsoft Office, OpenOffice, or LibreOffice)
  • PDF reader program (Adobe Reader, FoxIt)
  • Courses may require other software that is denoted in the above course outline.

** The course outlines displayed on this website are subject to change at any time without prior notice. **