Free online Duke University Writing Course (starting March 2013)

Source: Duke University website, Nov 2012

The head of Duke’s highly regarded writing program for first-year students is joining the growing list of faculty members teaching online to potentially vast audiences. Denise Comer will develop an introductory course on English composition with a new $50,000 grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Comer seeks to teach aspiring college students and others how to write clearly and persuasively. She says her 12-week course will provide “an introduction and foundation for academic writing that students can use in their subsequent courses in higher education.”

The course, which will include 65 lecture segments and demonstration videos, will cover syntax, punctuation and other tools of good writing. Comer says she’s most interested, though, in helping learners embrace writing as a way to think critically about their world.

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