I take all three keyboarding classes, 71a,
71b, and 71c, at one time?
I don't recommend taking all three at once. The three classes are
designed to be taken in sequence. Each of the two
later classes depend on the student having mastered the work from the
previous class. Though it is theoretically possible to take all three
during the same semester, most students aren't successful in this
class has work due every single week, and you are not ready to attempt
the work for the third class in the sequence until you have completed
the other two. If you wish to do all three during the same term, please
contact me to discuss the schedule for completion.
class shows as full - can you add me in?
This class tends to be pretty popular, so it does fill up. Make sure to
sign up early. Beginning in Spring 2012, the college will be
using at automated wait list system. Information about how the wait
list works is located here
beginning of the term, there are always a few people who decide not to
stay in the class for whatever reason, so I can sometimes add a couple
of additional people. You can email me to ask at that time, and I'll
you know if I can add you. I will not add additional students after the
first two weeks of class.
is the schedule for turning in work for this
There are 15 units in this class.
You could complete all 15 units in as little as 2 or 3 weeks if you
wanted to, though the syllabus is laid out for essentially a complete
term. There are due dates for each unit, and penalties for late work, so you can't finish the class if you wait
too long to turn in work. A schedule for turning in work
appears in the syllabus.
How do I turn in work?
of your work for this class is stored in an online site connected with
the program. This means that I can see your work as it's completed
without you having to turn in any reports. More information on how this
works is in Blackboard.
happens if I get behind and need to turn in
Studies show that the best way to learn new material is to do smaller
amounts of work at one time - you will learn the material more
thoroughly and retain it more completely. If
you leave all the work until the end of the term, you probably will not
have good results in the class. You can only get partial credit, you
won't get ongoing feedback from the instructor, and you may be able to
complete enough work for credit if you put off too much of it.
is homework due?
There are due dates each week, but early work is always accepted.
How can I tell how I am doing in class?
Check the Gradebook in Blackboard. Log into Blackboard, select this class, then select Tools>My Grades.
should I do if I have trouble figuring out
how to use the keyboarding software?
The software publisher's student support site is located here
. Las Positas's Distance education support can also help you figure out how to do these
tasks. They can be reached at 925.424.1142 during any hours when the
computer lab is open. Their web page is located at
You can also contact me during my office hour on Tuesday from
need a Typing Certificate to show how many words per minute I can
type to apply for a job. How do I get one?
Typing Certificates can be prepared for any currently enrolled
student. You need to visit the Computer Lab in 803 and ask any
instructional assistant about the typing certification. The test
includes two 5 five minute timed writing sections, so be sure to allow
some time to complete it. You will need to do the typing in the
presence of the Computer Lab staff, and use good typing technique (in
other words, no hunt-and-peck typing; you should be using touch typing
technique) in your timed writing.