Info on Free Online Courses and Education Materials
Online stenography materials are usually available through sources that aren't affiliated with public or not-for-profit schools. While the self-guided tutorials and practice exercises outlined below won't lead to college credit, they can help students learn various shorthand techniques.
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Free Online Stenography Tutorials
The Internet Archive
Internet Archive is a virtual library containing free access to various forms of media and archived web content, including instructional shorthand materials.
- 1916 Gregg Shorthand Manual includes 20 lessons with reading and writing exercises. Topics of study include methods for transcribing blended consonants, diphthongs, prefixes, suffixes and vowels. Readers also have access to the Gregg shorthand alphabet. The manual can be viewed online or downloaded to an e-reader. A PDF download is available as well.
- Word and Sentence Drills contains a digital copy for students who want to practice using shorthand phrase forms and wordsigns to translate vocabulary lists and sample sentences. Lessons are linked to corresponding page numbers of the Gregg Shorthand Manual. Students can download the word and sentence drills to an e-reader, view them online or save them as a PDF file.
National Shorthand School Books
National Shorthand School produced its first shorthand publication on 1st September 1986, a resource still used for shorthand learning. NSS has published more than 20 shorthand books focused on different levels of shorthand.
- Learn Shorthand offers 26 online lessons focusing on the use of Pitman's shorthand. Through technique overviews and training exercises, students can learn how to represent consonants, vowels and figures at speeds of up to 50 words per minute. The materials are expected to take 2-6 months to complete.
The Joy of Pitman Shorthand
This site focuses on the method of shorthand honed by Sir Isaac Pitman, which was eventually employed in 15 languages.
- Pitman Shorthand includes three video lessons going over the Pitman shorthand technique. While on their website, you can also check out samples of writing composed by means of the Pitman approach and explore diagrams of how this particular method works.