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Skillbuilding Mastery (50-60 hours) is an advanced keyboarding course designed to increase keying speed and accuracy to employment levels of 50+ WPM. Timing drills include 15-second, 30-second, 1- to 5-minute timings, with emphasis on longer timings. 517 timing drills.

Skillbuilding Masteryis an advanced keyboarding course designed to increase keying speed and accuracy to employment levels of 50+ WPM. Timing drills include 15-second, 30-second, 1- to 5-minute timings, with emphasis on longer timings. Prerequisite: 32-35+ WPM by touch (without looking at keys). Students not keying this quickly should take the Keyboard Short Course or the Keyboard Mastery course to first bring up their skills to the pre-requisite requirements.

There are 517 timed drills that are automatically scored and recorded when the student meets the standards set by the instructor (the instructor sets his/her own grading and accuracy standards). Every lesson contains timed drills and students are encouraged to meet the standards applied by the instructor beginning right with Lesson 1. All 1- to 5-minute timings are taken from the best human relations books. While taking timings, students learn how to handle irate customers, read tips on being an effective speaker, learn how to get people to like them, learn how to handle mistakes, how to be successful, etc. The alphabetic and punctuation keys, keyboard numbers and symbols are covered.

The course is divided into twelve (12) sections. Each section can be applied separately or all encompassing.

  1. Lessons 1-13 (Alphabet A to M) reinforce and improve key reaches that should already be known. This section contains 15-second, 30-second, 1-minute, and 2-minute timings. The purpose of short timings in the beginning is to work as a 'warm-up' and to train the fingers and the mind to work together at a rapid rate.
  2. Lessons 14-26 (Alphabet N to Z) reinforce and improve key reaches that should already be known. This section contains longer timings: 15-second, 30-second, and 1-5 minute timings.
  3. Lessons 27 (All Letters) Skillbuilding practice of all key reaches.
  4. Lessons 28-29 (Punctuation) Punctuation review and practice.
  5. Lessons 30-34 (Numbers & Symbols) Numbers and Symbols with alphabetic mix.
  6. Lessons 35 (All Letters) 5-minute timing: A Good Leader Is Not A Log.
  7. Lessons 36 (All Letters) 5-minute timing: The High Cost Of Getting Even.
  8. Lessons 37 (All Letters) 5-minute timing: How To Handle Mistakes.
  9. Lessons 38 (All Letters) 5-minute timing: Tips On Being An Effective Speaker.
  10. Lessons 39 (All Letters) 5-minute timing: The Most Valuable Personality Traits Of A Good Manager.
  11. Lessons 40 (All Letters) 5-minute timing: More Tips On Being An Effective Speaker.
  12. Lessons 41 (All Letters) 5-minute timing: Who Was The Father Of Our Constitution.

Standards can be individualized to each type of student so that each student is challenged: the special needs, beginning students, and experienced students can all be graded differently by applying different profiles appropriate for each student type. In additional to individualizing goals, accuracy standards, minimum speeds, etc., the number of lessons can also be individualized depending upon how much time is allowed for this course.

For experienced typists, use the 5-minute Course Entry timing. If a student already can type 50+ WPM, apply a higher grading scale of 60 WPM as the goal for each timed drill in each lesson. When the course is finished, the Course Exit timing should be taken. The Course Entry score, Course Exit score, and Improvement score will show on the Final Grade Report.

Is there any document processing or formatting included (letters, memos, tables, reports, etc.)? Yes, and it is free! Nuts 'n' Bolts Formatting is an eBook that is available to all Ellsworth Publishing and Keyboarding online customers. Most keyboarding textbooks are expensive, thick, quickly outdated textbooks with more formatting than can be used, and the instructions change everytime the office software changes (usually every 3 years). This leaves instructors with expensive keyboarding books with outdated instructions. Ellsworth Publishing releases this eBook in PDF format and keeps up with the version changes at no charge. It makes perfect sense. Instructors can download the sections they wish to cover, use a copy center to run off a classroom set--free! Ellsworth Publishing also provides its eBooks at a minimal charge if you desire to purchase a bound, pre-printed copy.

Does your keyboarding course require an "exposure" to the Ten Key pad? You can have the "exposure" free by requesting that we add the Ten Key Mastery course to your other courses on your online account. The Ten Key Mastery course will run in a 'demo' mode with only limited lessons available, but usually enough to satisfy an "exposure" requirement.

Skillbuilding Mastery is an advanced keyboarding course designed to increase keying speed and accuracy to employable levels of 50+ words per minute. Timing lengths are 15 seconds up to 5 minutes. A prerequisite for this course is keyboard speeds of 32-35+ words per minute. The course is 50-60 hours in length.

Skillbuilding Mastery
All lessons have 15 lines.
Click the sections to see lesson content.
Skillbuilding (Lessons 1-27)
Lesson Title Timings
  Course Entry - All Keys 5 minute timing
1 Alphabetic Skillbuilding: A 15 lines, 15 sec., 30 sec., 1 min. lengths
2 Alphabetic Skillbuilding: B 15 lines, 15 sec., 30 sec., 1 min. lengths
3 Alphabetic Skillbuilding: C 15 lines, 15 sec., 30 sec., 1 min. lengths
4 Alphabetic Skillbuilding: D 15 lines, 15 sec., 30 sec., 1 min. lengths
5 Alphabetic Skillbuilding: E 15 lines, 15 sec., 30 sec., 1 min. lengths
6 Alphabetic Skillbuilding: F 15 lines, 15 sec., 30 sec., 1 min. lengths
7 Alphabetic Skillbuilding: G 15 lines, 15 sec., 30 sec., 1 min. lengths
8 Alphabetic Skillbuilding: H 15 lines, 15 sec., 30 sec., 1 min. lengths
9 Alphabetic Skillbuilding: I 15 lines, 15 sec., 30 sec., 1 min. lengths
10 Alphabetic Skillbuilding: J 15 lines, 15 sec, 30 sec, 1 min, 2 min
11 Alphabetic Skillbuilding: K 15 lines, 15 sec, 30 sec, 1 min, 2 min
12 Alphabetic Skillbuilding: L 15 lines, 15 sec, 30 sec, 1 min, 2 min
13 Alphabetic Skillbuilding: M 15 lines, 15 sec, 30 sec, 1 min, 2 min
14 Alphabetic Skillbuilding: N 15 lines, 15 sec, 30 sec, 1 min, 3 min
15 Alphabetic Skillbuilding: O 15 lines, 15 sec, 30 sec, 1 min, 3 min
16 Alphabetic Skillbuilding: P 15 lines, 15 sec, 30 sec, 1 min, 3 min
17 Alphabetic Skillbuilding: Q 15 lines, 15 sec, 30 sec, 1 min, 3 min
18 Alphabetic Skillbuilding: R 15 lines, 15 sec, 30 sec, 2 min, 4 min
19 Alphabetic Skillbuilding: S 15 lines, 15 sec, 30 sec, 2 min, 4 min
20 Alphabetic Skillbuilding: T 15 lines, 15 sec, 30 sec, 2 min, 4 min
21 Alphabetic Skillbuilding: U 15 lines, 15 sec, 30 sec, 2 min, 4 min
22 Alphabetic Skillbuilding: V 15 lines, 15 sec, 30 sec, 3 min, 5 min
23 Alphabetic Skillbuilding: W 15 lines, 15 sec, 30 sec, 3 min, 5 min
24 Alphabetic Skillbuilding: X 15 lines, 15 sec, 30 sec, 3 min, 5 min
25 Alphabetic Skillbuilding: Y 15 lines, 15 sec, 30 sec, 3 min, 5 min
26 Alphabetic Skillbuilding: Z 15 lines, 15 sec, 30 sec, 3 min, 5 min
27 Review All Letters 15 lines, 15 sec., 30 sec., and 5 min.
Punctuation, Numbers, and Symbols (Lessons 28-34)
Lesson Title Timings
28 Learning Numbers 1, 2, and 3 18 lines, 15 sec, 30 sec, 1 min, 2 min, 3 min
29 Learning Symbols #, $, and % 18 lines, 15 sec, 30 sec, 1 min, 2 min, 3 min
30 Learning Symbols ^, &, and * 18 lines, 15 sec, 30 sec, 1 min, 2 min, 3 min
31 Learning Symbols (, ), and _ 18 lines, 15 sec, 30 sec, 1 min, 2 min, 3 min
32 Learning Symbols =, +, [, and ] 18 lines, 15 sec, 30 sec, 1 min, 2 min, 3 min
33 Learning Symbols {, }, <, and > 18 lines, 15 sec, 30 sec, 1 min, 2 min, 3 min
  Course Exit 3 Minutes
Optional Timings (10 Timings)
Timing Title Length
1 What is a Clairvoyant? 3 Minutes
2 Life in the Outback, Australia 3 Minutes
3 The Little Mermaid: Hans Christian Andersen 4 Minutes
4 What makes holes in bread? 4 Minutes
5 How do animals communicate? 5 Minutes
6 What is intelligence? 5 Minutes
7 Who was Benedict Arnold? 5 Minutes
8 How to drink and never become and alcoholic. 5 Minutes
9 Writing on clay tablets. 5 Minutes
10 The discovery of penicillin. 5 Minutes
Created Lessons
Create an unlimited number of personal lessons with up to 15 lines per lesson. You can assign up to 10 at a time for the students to work on. Thats 150 lines of additional typing. Possible lengths are 15 seconds, 30 seconds, 1 minute, 2 minute, 3 minute, 4 minute, and 5 minute timings. Assign vocabulary, science or history homework, or some of the latest news interesting to the students. The possibilities are endless.

Watch and learn best practices to using Keyboarding Online software to get the absolute best results from students. Information for both instructors and their students (PDF and PowerPoint).

General Info
General Course Syllabus
Below is a sample course syllabus that can be utilized for your course. Also included is a sample quiz that can be handed out to ensure that the syllabus was read thoroughly and reduce the amount of time you spend during class repeating what is included in the syllabus. Both PDF and DOC formats are included.
Skillbuilding Mastery Course Syllabus PPT Syllabus (DOC)
Syllabus (PDF)
Skillbuilding Mastery Course Syllabus Quiz Questions Quiz Questions (DOCX)
Quiz Questions (PDF)

 

Teacher Information
Teacher Tools
Below are some helpful tools in learning why you should use the program, how to use the program, and videos describing the different features the program has to offer.
Why Keyboarding is Important PPT Presentation (PDF) /  Article Source (PDF)
Why, When, How to Teach Keyboarding Video YouTube On YouTube
Teacher Manager User Manual Link / PDF File Download
Video Tutorials Videos can be viewed on our site or on YouTube

 

Student Information
Student Tour
The tutorial for students will show students how to enter their course and navigate/use Skillbuilding Mastery appropriately.
Student Tutorials  Video Presentation

 

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