Computer Typing Classes

You can take computer typing classes to start or further your career as an administrative assistant, transcriptionist, or other office professional. Learn about the different courses that are available, the requirements, and what you can expect to learn. Schools offering Microsoft Office degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What Kinds of Courses Will I Take?

Beginning computer typing classes cover everything from proper hand placement and touch-typing techniques to keyboard layout and how to use a mouse. You'll also learn the function of each alphabetic and numeric key, how to use symbol keys and when to use the tab, caps and shift keys.

As you become more experienced, intermediate computer typing classes can help you improve your typing speed, manage difficult keystrokes and create, edit and save documents using a word processing program, such as Microsoft Word. Advanced computer typing classes can help you master specialized skills, including 10-key touch, transcription and document management.

Introduction to Keyboarding

Introduction to Keyboarding focuses on the basics of finding your way around the computer keyboard. In this introductory course you will learn basic computer parts, finger placement on the keyboard, and begin working on your accuracy in typing.

Keyboarding I

In this course, you will continue learning keyboarding techniques including proper body position, as well as learning your way around the home keys, alphabetic keys, and symbol keys. Keyboarding I also emphasizes the learning of touch-typing techniques.

Keyboarding II

Keyboarding II emphasizes document production skills including producing business documents for the workplace. You will also further develop your keyboarding techniques through skill-building for speed and accuracy.

Advanced Keyboarding

Advanced keyboarding focuses on further increasing speed and accuracy. You will also learn to create more advanced documents such as business statements and forms, itineraries, cover pages and other various letter styles.

Keyboarding Speed/Control Building

Students will work independently toward their respective goals in this class. You will build off the skills you've already learned and further enhance your speed and accuracy as well as improve your proficiency on the keyboard.

Where Can I Enroll in a Class?

Computer typing classes are taught in classroom settings and online. Often referred to as keyboarding classes, instruction is offered through community colleges, career colleges and computer training centers. Though you may enroll in a single computer typing class, keyboarding courses may also be offered as part of a larger certificate program in office skills. Many public libraries also offer classes free of charge, which may include instruction in computer and Internet basics, e-mail and how to use various word processing programs.

What Can I Expect?

Classes consist of lectures, hands-on typing drills and timed typing tests. If you attend class in person, you'll generally have access to a computer that you may use during class. Many facilities also provide labs with computers where you can complete homework assignments and practice typing drills. Lab time is often a requirement of computer typing classes.

A typical goal for a beginning class is that you'll be able to achieve a minimum typing speed of 30-35 words per minute by the end of class. Your final grade will most likely be based on a combination of your typing speed and accuracy. Schools and training centers often award a certificate upon completion of the class. The certificate displays your typing speed.

How Do Online Classes Work?

You'll need access to a computer with Internet access, an e-mail account and a word processing program. You may also be required to buy and install keyboarding software, such as Keyboarding Pro, in addition to a textbook. If you're taking your class through a community college, you may also have access to the school's computer labs on campus.

Basic computer proficiency is required to take computer typing classes online so that you may communicate with instructors, complete assignments and take timed typing tests via the Internet. You may communicate with instructors, complete assignments and take timed typing tests via the Internet. You must also be able to attach documents to e-mails, download assignments and open and revise documents.

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