Following a list-serve discussion about the merits of teaching typing as part of a computing course I ran a 3 minute speed/accuracy typing test on around 90 of my students. About 60% were average or better. 40% were considered slow. Some questions:
- Is speed/touch typing a useful skill? Absolutely.
- Is it essential for success? Probably not in my view. Providing you can type as fast as you can think…
- Who and where should “typing be taught”. At primary school as part of English in my view, in the same way as printing is taught. At secondary school, probably as a standalone course for some students… a bit like remedial English classes.
BUT: Will students with “slow” typing skills be disadvantaged when it comes to online assessments? (seen as inevitable)