Online Course on English Composition: Research and Writing

Arizona State University is giving free online course on English Composition: Research and Writing. This eight-week is intended for individuals who want to learn more about how to produce change in the world through research and writing.

In this course, applicants will learn how to design, develop, research, and execute a writing project from inception to completion in this credit-qualifying course. The course will start on March 13, 2017.

Course At A Glance

Length: 8 weeks
Effort: 18 hours pw
Subject: Communication
Institution: Arizona State University and edx
Languages: English
Price: Free
Certificate Available: Yes
Session: Starts on March 13, 2017

Providers’ Details

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Arizona State University has created a new model for the American Research University, creating an institution that is committed to excellence, access and impact. As a comprehensive public research university, ASU is measured not by whom we exclude, but rather by whom we include and how they succeed; advancing research and discovery of public value; and assuming fundamental responsibility for the economic, social, cultural and overall health of the communities they serve.

About This Course

This writing course introduces students to discourse, research, and research writing for the purpose of proposing solutions to problems. Rather than learning about these subjects in the abstract, students will learn by engaging with local problems and issues in their communities. To get this, students will learn how to:

  • Develop an actionable central research question
  • Propose a research project
  • Conduct primary and secondary research
  • Design an action-oriented research project for web publication

Why Take This Course?

In this course applicants will learn how to design, develop, research, and execute a writing project from inception to completion in this credit-eligible course.

Learning Outcomes

  • Rhetorical Knowledge
  • Critical Reading, Thinking, and Composing
  • Writing Processes
  • Knowledge of Writing Conventions


Adam Pacton

Adam Pacton earned his MA in Literary Studies from East Tennessee State University and received his PhD in Rhetoric and Composition from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Duane Roen

Since childhood, Duane Roen has been keen in how people learn to write. Since his days as an undergraduate, he has been interested in how teachers can assist students learn to write.


  • Proficiency in English
  • ENG101x English Composition is recommended but not required

How To Join This Course

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