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 Computer Keyboarding Online
at Home or at LACC

Get Ready

Type Your Lessons
Attend On-Campus Orientation

Review Your Portfolio

Print and Read Your Assignment Sheets

Upload Work

Best Student Practices for Installing GDP

Log-on to the Student Web Site
Install GDP Check Annotations at the Student Web Site
Initial Log-On Record Your Grades
Live Update Exit GDP
Specify Settings Working on Campus and at Home

Get Ready

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Read the FAQs and Course Outline

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Submit the Questionnaire: If you haven't submitted the Questionnaire yet, click  to do this now or it will be impossible for us to communicate and you will not be able to upload work.

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Complete the Technical Skills Tutorial.

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View "Orientation to Keyboarding Online." This introductory online orientation will help you get started and answer questions you might have regarding Computer Keyboarding Online.

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Buy Your Supplies and Start Class: On the start date, it is your responsibility to have your supplies get started on your own. 

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Check Your E-Mail: I will send you weekly class announcements and private e-mails regarding your work, your grades, and your progress; so read your e-mail messages FIRST before you begin working.

Attend the Mandatory On-campus Orientation 

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You must attend one of the mandatory on-campus orientations. Click here for details.

Print and Read Your Assignment Sheets

bulletClick the Assignments link at the top of this page. On the Assignments page, click the Introduction and Technique Check links and read them.
bulletClick the Week 1 link, print the directions for the first week, and READ them! Your assignment sheets contain the daily instruction you would normally get from me in person in a traditional course. 
bulletYou cannot succeed in an online class unless you read your assignment sheets carefully and follow the directions exactly. 

Best Student Practices for Installing GDP (Windows XP and Windows Vista).

Read this before installing GDP:

bullet Close all open programs including email, browser windows, and virus software.
bullet Do not change defaults (program or data storage location) during installation unless specifically instructed to do so by your instructor.
bullet Make sure the log-on name entered into the Home installation of GDP initially exactly matches the name your instructor used in Instructor Management on the Campus version of GDP and the IMWS including matching the case.
bullet Make sure the e-mail address you entered into the Home installation of GDP matches exactly the e-mail address your instructor used in Instructor Management on the Campus version of GDP and the IMWS.
bullet Make sure the log-on password (if used) entered into the Campus installation of GDP matches exactly the password used to log into the Student Web Site (if used), including matching the case.
bullet Perform a Live Update. Click here to troubleshoot any Live Update installation issues. On the Tips & FAQs page, click FAQs, Installation and Operation, for a detailed explanation of the Live Update feature.
bullet Verify you have the correct version of Word® selected under Options, Settings, Word Processor. If you change this setting, restart GDP.
bullet Under Options, Personal Information, Your initials, type in your correct reference initials (lowercase, no spaces, no periods, and no parentheses) and click OK. Type these exact initials for any documents requiring reference initials, such as correspondence.

Note: It is best to call the software hotline at 800-331-5094 before attempting these steps:

bullet If using Windows XP®, make sure you are logged into the computer with an administrator account.
bullet If using Windows Vista®, make sure you are logged into the computer with an administrator account and follow the steps below prior to using GDP: Right-click on the GDP Home shortcut—Start, All Programs, Irwin Keyboarding. Click Properties, Compatibility tab. Check Run this program as an administrator, and click Apply, OK. Launch GDP using  the GDP shortcut. You will be prompted to “Cancel” or “Allow” the program to run. You should select “Allow."
 
Note: Students working at LACC should click here to move to the Initial Log-On steps.

Install GDP

bulletPlace the GDP Home Version CD into the CD-ROM drive. The installer automatically launches after a few seconds. Follow the Quick Start steps in green below.

Note: If the install program does not launch automatically, from the Windows menu, click Start, Run. In the Run window, type x:\setup (replace "x:" with the letter for your CD-ROM drive, which is probably "d:"). Click OK.

Quick Start: Next; I accept the terms of the license agreement, Next; Next; Next; Next;  Finish.

bullet When you click Finish. An Irwin Keyboarding program group opens with this shortcut. Right-click the icon and send a shortcut to your Windows Desktop. Use this shortcut to launch GDP.

Note: If you installed incorrectly and need to uninstall GDP, click here for steps.

Initial Log On  Return to top of page

At home, double-click the GDP Home icon on the Desktop to launch GDP; or in Windows, click Start, Programs, Irwin Keyboarding, GDP Home.
In the COAT Department at LACC, double-click the GDP CAOT 1,2,3 icon to launch GDP.  Select ZIMMERLY - ONLINE from the class drop-down list on the Welcome screen, and click New Student. Fill in your first and last name. If you see a Password box, type spring as your Password if it is the Spring Semester or fall as your password if it is the Fall Semester; retype it in the Retype Password box, and click Save.
bulletType your information, click Save, and GDP will open.

 

Live Update

GDP will launch and check for Live Updates if you are on the Internet when you open GDP. The first time you install GDP, you should always check for a Live Update so you are using the most current version.

Note: It is imperative that you always perform a Live Update to ensure that you are working with the correct version of GDP, which includes software functionality upgrades, corrections to errata, and so forth. Click here to troubleshoot any Live Update installation issues. On the Tips & FAQs page, click FAQs, Installation and Operation, for a detailed explanation of the Live Update feature. If you are not on the Internet when you open GDP for the first time, log-on to the Internet, click Help, Live Update, and follow the prompts to download the latest version of GDP.

bulletTo find out what version of GDP you are using, click Help, About, from the GDP menu in the upper left hand corner of the screen. See the lines at the bottom that indicate "Version" followed by a date, installation mode, and Live Update versions.
bulletThe Online Tutorial starts. Click the numbered buttons at the bottom of the screen to complete the tutorial and click Exit when you're done.

Specify Settings  Return to top of page

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Note: Students working at LACC should click here to move to "Type Your Lessons" steps.

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From the menu, click Options, Settings, to open the Settings dialog box. Fill in, check, or uncheck all boxes as shown below. The URL for the Web button is gdpstudent.mhhe.com. Click Save. Click here for more detailed steps to set the path for Microsoft Word.

Note: Under Full Editing, in Timed Writings, correcting errors on timings is your choice. If you correct errors on timings, your speed is decreased and your concentration might be broken. However, some students relax more during a timing when they know they can correct errors and therefore do better. Make your choice here based on your own skills and preferences.

Type Your Lessons

Note: If you are using the first printing of Gregg College Keyboarding & Document Processing, Microsoft Office Word 2007 Update and the first printing of the Microsoft Office Word 2007 Update Manual for Gregg College Keyboarding & Document Processing, your books are no longer synchronized with changes and corrections made to the GDP software via GDP's Live Update feature. This will result in document scoring errors occurring in documents that you have typed correctly.

Click here to download an errata file, which includes corrections and changes you should make to the first printing of your books to bring them into alignment with the current GDP software and to provide you with valuable tips and information as you complete your document processing jobs in the text and practice exercises in the Word Manual.

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To begin working in GDP, select a lesson from the Lessons menu. Follow the directions on the screen and those from your weekly assignment sheet to type your lessons. You are responsible for checking due dates on your assignment sheet and submitting your work to me on time.

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Note: If you don't have Word at home, click here for information on how to use the labs at LACC to type your documents or click here for information on getting Word.

Review Your Portfolio

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To review your completed work, click Portfolio. If you want to view only certain lessons or exercises, click the Filter Portfolio button, make the desired choices, and click OK. Select the desired exercise(s) and click View Text to view the Detailed Report.


 

Upload Work

After you complete your work for the day, upload your work to me as shown below. If you want to print the presentation below, right-click the link and choose Print Target.

Using Upload to Transfer Work
Learn to use GDP's Upload feature to transfer work from a computer to the Instructor Management Web site and Student Web Site. This presentation is for students who work at home, upload to the Instructor Management Web site, and use the Student Web site.

Upload Quick Start: Upload; Upload all work; Upload Work to Student Upload Web Site; Browse (browse to desired location to save file—at LACC, store file on Desktop), Store the Upload File; right-click in the Browse box, Paste, Upload.

Upload Feature 

bulletClick Upload.
bulletIn the Upload window, click Upload all work.
bulletClick the second button, Upload Work to Student Upload Web Site.
 
Note: If you receive a message that says, "No new files to upload!" and you want to upload anyway or want to be sure all your files have been sent, click OK. Return to GDP and click Upload, Upload all work.

bulletIn the Upload Work window, click Store the Upload File. You will see your own first and last name in this box when you are sending your upload file.

bulletYour browser will open automatically to the Student Upload Web Site.
bulletRight-click and click Paste in the Browse box to paste the path to the most recent upload file.
bulletClick Upload to send your work to the Instructor Management Web site.

bulletWhen the upload is complete, you will see a report indicating which files were successfully uploaded and your e-mail address as you stored it in GDP under Options, Personal Information. If you get a message that the upload was not successful, contact me.

Log on to the Student Web Site (SWS)

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In the Home installation of GDP, click Options, Personal Information. Verify that your e-mail address is correct in the Your e-mail address box. It must be an exact match to your e-mail address at the Instructor Management Web site and at the Student Web site.
Note: Students working at LACC should skip this step and go directly to the next step.

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Go to the SWS at http://gdpstudent.mhhe.com and type your e-mail address in the Your E-mail Address box and type type spring as your Password if it is the Spring Semester or fall as your password if it is the Fall Semester in the Your Password box and click Log On. The e-mail address must be an exact match to your e-mail address in GDP and at the Instructor Management Web site.
Note: If your password doesn't work, e-mail me and I'll reset it. Please do not change it or check it.

Check Annotations at the Student Web Site (SWS)

When you successfully upload your work to the Instructor Management Web Site, I will automatically receive an e-mail message notifying me of your new work (see below for an example) and all your work is also automatically sent to the Student Web Site.

I will annotate your work and e-mail you with directions to go the SWS and check for annotations. If you don't get a response from me within a day of uploading, please e-mail me. To check for annotations, do this:

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Log on to the SWS using your new 2-letter password.

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Click Student Portfolio, View Portfolio; look under the Date column for the letter "A," and place a check mark next to each of these exercises. The "A" means that I have annotated this exercise.
 

 

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Click View Detailed Report, read the comments in the General Comments box, mouse over the Annotation icon to view my annotations.

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Read any comments in the General Comment box and hold your mouse over the page icon to see any annotations. Scroll down to be sure you don't miss any annotations. Click Log Off when you're done.

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If you want to download your work and your annotations to your computer, click the Download Grades button and follow the steps there. This feature is very handy if you move to a second location and want to synchronize your work at the second location so you can continue working.

 Record Your Grades

Progress Folder. Download your Progress Folder from the Assignments page. As you read your e-mail or view your annotations, record your formatting grades, proofreading check grades, and notes on the Progress Folder.

Excel Spreadsheet.  Go to the Assignments page to see your spreadsheet. I record your grades on an Excel spreadsheet and will update your grades weekly.

Exit GDP

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Click the Close button (X in the upper-right corner) to exit GDP.

Working on Campus and at Home

GDP Upload Quick Start: Upload; Upload all work; Upload Work to Student Upload Web Site; Browse (browse to desired location to save file—at LACC, store file on Desktop), Store the Upload File; right-click in the Browse box, Paste, Upload.

SWS Download Grades Quick Start: Log in at the Student Web Site; click Download Grades tab; Download Grades; Save, browse to desired destination, Save, Close.

GDP Import Quick Start: File, Import Student Data; in the Look In box, click the list arrow, browse to your .EXP file (which has your first and last name), and click it; click Import.

Note: Repeat these steps when you leave and move to your second location. Students working only at home may skip this presentation. If you want to print this presentation, right-click the desired link and choose Print Target.

Note: Click here to download GDP_Upload_Download_Import.doc, a helpful  handout you can print.
 

bullet Orientation to Working in Multiple Locations
 
 
 
Learn to use GDP's Export, Import, and Upload-features to transfer work between multiple locations such as campus to home, home to campus, and to the Instructor Management Web Site and Student Web Site in one operation. If you use the Student Web site, you will be able to view your work and your annotations anywhere you have an Internet connection and browser available. Click here for the pdf version.
Click here for a 15-minute movie. Click here for a Flash movie (resizable window).
 

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