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Saturday, December 6, 2014

Academic Writing MOOC, “College Writing 2x”

Academic Writing MOOC, “College Writing 2x” will start again on Feb. 4 with the second of three five-week courses, “Principles of Written English Part 2”. For your information, we have included some tools that can help with facilitation.
General info:
College Writing 2.2x is the second part of the academic writing course. In this part, you will focus on proofreading and self-editing; revision vs. editing; common errors in grammar, punctuation, and spelling; understanding tone and diction; vocabulary development. The course materials will be offered via readings, videos, and various types of homework assignments. There are suggested optional textbooks for additional writing work. You will participate in online discussions as well as peer review of your writing. You will complete one full essay for this part of the course.

Please remember that students should be proficient enough in English to follow an introductory level university course in order to participate.

Course Basics:

What: 15-week course broken into three distinct 5-week sections and focused on essay development, grammatical correctness, and self-editing. The course will comprise a review of basic grammar terminology and understanding; writing effective sentences and paragraphs; introductions and conclusions; strategies for writing longer texts; and thesis statements. Course materials will be offered via readings and videos. Students will participate in online discussions as well as peer review of their writing.

When: The first module of Part 2 begins February 4, 2015. 

For Whom: This is a university level introduction to academic writing for non-native English language speakers. Students should be able to follow lectures and readings in English (think first year international students).

Facilitated Sessions:

What: Face-to-face meetings/workshops/discussions for a group of participants you have invited/identified to take the course (also called MOOC Camps…see below for more details). The sessions can be used to clarify issues raised in the lectures or to conduct supplemental activities related to the current week’s topic.

When: Ideally weekly; at least bi-weekly

Additional sources of information/guidance:

College Writing 2X MOOC FB page:

Recording of previous Facilitator’s Webinar:

There is a listserv just for facilitators available at:

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