Arizona State University Free Online Course On English Composition

This summer Arizona State University is offering an open online course on English Composition. This course is intended for students proficient in English.

The overall objective of this course is to help in improving students’ writing skills. The credit-eligible course starts on  June 11, 2018.

Course At A Glance

Length: 8 weeks
Effort:  18 hours/week
Subject: English Composition
Institution: Arizona State University
Languages: English
Price:  Free
Certificate Available: Yes. Add a Verified Certificate for $49
Session: Starts on  June 11, 2018

Providers’ Details

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About This Course

Language, and the ability to communicate effectively are critical skills in the global economy. Writing and composition are vital to communicating applicant’s ideas clearly.

This introductory writing course will help them develop and express ideas effectively for a variety of purposes, audiences and occasions.

During the course, applicant will complete several major written projects, along with a reflection for each project. For each project, they can decide what level of technology they wish to use.

If applicant wish to earn university credit for the course, which will count as credit for ASU’s First-Year Composition course, University will ask them to complete a portfolio in which they demonstrate what they have learned. Specifically, applicant will address what they have learned in the course and provide evidence that they have acquired the skills and knowledge taught during the course.

Why Take This Course?

This is a free online course. This MOOC will be offered with Video Transcripts. This is a  verified, earn credit, honor course.

Learning Outcomes

Applicants will learn:

  • Rhetorical Knowledge: how to craft your writing to meet the needs of specific audiences for specific purposes.
  • Critical Thinking: how to make decisions about what to include and not include in your writing.
  • Writing Processes: how to use invention, research, drafting, revising, and editing in your writing.
  • Knowledge of Conventions: how to use various formats and stylistic choices, including genre conventions.
  • Digital Technology: how to use diverse technologies to write more effectively and efficiently.
  • Habits of Mind: how to benefit from curiosity, openness, engagement, creativity, persistence, responsibility, flexibility, and reflection.


Duane Roen
Professor of English, Arizona State University

Adam Pacton
Lecturer, Arizona State University

Jamie Merriman-Pacton
Course Coordinator, Arizona State University

Students must be proficient in English.

How To Join This Course

  • Go to the course website link
  • Create an edX account to SignUp
  • Choose “Register Now” to get started.
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