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Typing: Overview of Common Adult Education Typing Courses

Typing, or keyboarding, is a fundamental computer skill and a requirement for many jobs. Basic and advanced courses in computer keyboarding are available, as well as certificate programs that cover typing in combination with more advanced word processing topics.

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Essential Information

Typing is the first step to computer literacy, and one of the foundations of adult education in the electronic age. Many courses are available that introduce adult students to keyboarding proficiency. Short-term certificate programs in typing may lead to a career in data-entry, word processing, or entry-level office work.

Standalone typing courses present an opportunity to improve keyboarding speed, accuracy, and dexterity. Learning or updating these abilities is necessary for positions that incorporate the use of computers. More advanced programs build on basic typing skills to include advanced word processing techniques such as entering, formatting, editing, saving, printing, and retrieving text.

More in-depth classes prepare students for creating tables, templates, columns, charts, indexes, and proofreading. Other common concepts may include:

  • Crafting headers and footers for documents
  • Using tables that include mathematical calculations to create spreadsheets for business
  • Sorting, merging, and customizing data tables
  • Designing a table of contents, footnotes, endnotes, and bibliography pages
  • Programming macros to streamline repetitive functions
  • Generating interactive business forms

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List of Typing and Keyboarding Courses

Keyboarding Course

Basic keyboarding classes provide students with instruction on correct hand positioning, proper finger (or digit) placement, and the ability to type without looking at the keyboard; referred to as touch-typing. Introductory classes teach students the concept of the 'home row' as well as alpha, numeric and symbol key selection.

Courses may introduce games and other exercises for practice, as well as tests to measure a student's word per minute (WPM) output. Some institutions award students a certificate upon successful completion of the class and a timed typing test.

Advanced Keyboarding

Advanced courses in typing and keyboarding build upon the skills learned in introductory classes and help students increase speed and accuracy. Scholars concentrate on typing business documents such as memos, resumes, and letters. Advanced courses cover keyboarding techniques and the organization of electronic files.

Personal Computer Basics Course

This introductory course has a prerequisite requirement of fundamental typing and computer skills; including how to start up and shut down a computer, use of a mouse and keyboard, as well as common sense computer security. An overview of the Microsoft Windows operating system, or OS (software that manages computer hardware and software resources), describes how to manage, organize, and backup important electronic files.

Microsoft Office Suite: Word, Excel, and PowerPoint Classes

Basic and advanced courses teach Microsoft Office Suite; including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. These courses are available through continuing education departments at many community colleges. Students may enroll in one or more of these courses to advance their business-typing skills; create professional correspondence, write newsletters, or business-related emails.

Formatting documents, building spreadsheets, and creating PowerPoint presentations are common subjects covered by Microsoft application courses.

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