CAOA62 Introduction to Keyboarding

Summer 2012:


June 25, 2012 - July 23, 2012




June 25, 6 PM Room 4111

June 25, 2012
July 23, 2012


Printable Instructions



Step 1 - Purchase a NEW textbook Keyboard Mastery

If you purchase a used book, make sure you DO NOT pay over $10.99 for a used book. You will still need the online access code for a used book.

All of the lessons are on the Internet and your progress will be recorded to my online grade book. We will be communicating regularily.

If you have a limited or unstable internet connection, we will need to make other arrangements.


Step 2 - Watch the tutorial of the course

PDF Slide Show
(25 Slides)



Step 3 - Be sure you have Java loaded on your computer.


Check for Java Plug-in1. Check your Control Panel for the Java Plug-in icon:
Click on Start, Settings, Control Panel

Once the Control Panel is open, Click View (in the Menu bar at the top of the screen.), Details.  The Java plug-in icon will show right after the ‘Internet Options’ icon, if you have it.  If you do not see the Java Plug-in, you do not have it—continue to #2 below for the FREE installation.

2. The Java Plug-in can be downloaded FREE from Click on 'Get It Now" and follow the on-screen instructions.

The Java Plug-in is also found on the student CD if you have a slow internet connection and don’t want to download it (it can take 30 minutes on a slow connection, a few minutes on a high speed connection).

Make sure your browser supports the Java plug-in3. If you had it or had to install it, it is a good idea to check and see if your browser is selected to use it.  Double click on the Java icon (or words “Java Plug-in” on the Control Panel) to open the Java control panel.  Click on the browser tab and make sure your browser is selected.  Click ‘Apply’.

4. Close and re-open your web browser (i.e. Internet Explorer) after installing the Java Plug-in.  After getting to the page that says “Please wait … Program is downloading”, wait a few moments and you will see the Java coffee cup icon appear on your system tray (the system tray is the lower right area of the screen that has the clock).

5.  Some web browsers do not follow web standards.  If you are using a custom browser (examples:  MSN, AOL, Yahoo web browser, etc), connect to the Internet as you normally would and then open Internet Explorer to browse the web.

If it still doesn’t work, continue to #6.


Mozilla Firefox6. Try downloading Mozilla Firefox web browser from

Mozilla FireFox is FREE.  There are not any special settings to look at, and it is usually a sure bet.  It does have automatic pop up-ad blocking and is a very secure web browser.  It does not have all of the security vulnerabilities often found in some popular web browsers.  We use it at Ellsworth Publishing Co. for all our web browsing needs.


Step Four—Getting Started, Entering the Student Login and Password

  • Internet site:
  • Click Login Now (upper right red button)
  • School Login: coop
  • School Password: coop
  • Click on Keyboard Mastery – Screen Based or Book Based is okay.  Use book based only if you have a copy of the text.
  1. Click Open Existing student File
  2. Find our class on the class list:  Cleeves_CRN#30943_Spr2012
  3. All registered students should be on the list
  4. Click Open
  5. ID or Password: cuesta

(Enter the Login/Password (coop) on each line and click Sign In.)

  1. Click on Keyboard MasteryTo Access your Student File
  2. Open Existing student file (arrow #1)
  3. Click on our section number (arrow #2)
  4. Find your name on the list
  5. Click Open
  6. student ID or Password: cuesta
  7. A box appears asking for your serial code—this is asked for only once and the serial code is under your CD in the back of your textbook.  After entering the serial code, you are now into the course software.



Step Four— Demo


This video was created to give you additional demonstration of what to expect from the program. I requires macromedia flash. Turn your speakers on and enjoy!

Video Demonstration


Step 5 - Information About your Course

  1. User Info -
    The first line of your menu on the left is “User Info”.  Double click on it and enter your e-mail address and phone number.  These will appear on the class report for the instructor.
    You can change your individual password in the last lines.
  2. Setup -
    You can check the course standards set by our teacher by double clicking on "Setup" in the menu, and clicking on the various tabs.
  3. Introduction -
    Double click to open the Lessons Menu. If you see small squares next to the lesson, those are the assigned lessons. As you complete a lesson, a check mark will appear in the boxes. Click on Lesson 1, open your textbook to lesson 1, and begin.
  4. Progress Reports -
    Double click on Progress Report to see all recorded scores. Single click on Simple Report.
  5. Grade Reports -
    Double click on Grade Report to see your final grade. Single click on Final Grade Report.
    IMPORTANT: If you want to raise your grade, go back to your Progress Report and practice to raise any lower scores—higher scores on the Progress Report can raise your final grade.

First AssignmentLast Instructions
Be sure to read the Internet syllabus carefully. 
Be sure to do your work online so I can see it.

You do NOT have to turn anything in—I can see your scores and grades online.

This course is based on the online assessment program created by the publisher. You will be given diagnostic tests to meet your individual needs. I will be monitoring your progress and giving you consistent grade progress reports. All coursework will be designed for the individual typist. I will be determining your skill level and your goal during our first meeting.

If you have any further questions prior to the first class meeting, please feel free to e-mail me.


Marilyne Cleeves 


Introduction | Getting Started | Syllabus | Moodle | Keyboarding Online |
Important Notes | Assignment Schedule