ASU Online Course On English Writing

Arizona State University is currently offering online course on English Composition. This 8-week course will emphasize on improving your writing skills.

The overall objective of this writing course is to help you develop and express ideas effectively for a variety of purposes, audiences and occasions. MOOC starting date is January 8, 2018.

Course At A Glance

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

Providers’ Details

Arizona State University and edX, innovative leaders in providing unprecedented access to education, have joined forces to create the Global Freshman Academy, offering a unique, cost effective way to break down the barriers to a quality education. GFA provides students the opportunity to complete their entire university freshman year coursework, risk free, and pay for the credit earned after passing the course. Courses are open to everyone with no application or transcripts required.

This online platform edX provides online courses from the world’s best universities. edX can empower you to build innovative applications, services, and experiences. ASU courses can be audited free or students can choose to receive a verified certificate for a small fee that will help you make a meaningful impact in today’s interconnected world.

About This Course

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

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

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

Why Take This Course?

This is a free online course. This MOOC will be offered with Video Transcripts. Applicants can get a verified certificate. If you wish to earn university credit for the course, which will count as credit for ASU’s First-Year Composition course, the university will ask you to complete a portfolio in which you demonstrate what you have learned.

Learning Outcomes

After completing this course you will have knowledge of:

  • 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

Vice Provost, Polytechnic Campus
Dean, College of Letters and Sciences
Dean, University College
Arizona State University

Adam Pacton

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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