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Free Online Computer-Assisted Learning in Writing

written by: goaskdebbie•edited by: Amanda Grove•updated: 1/31/2011

Writing has become second nature with blogs and online freelance writing websites these days. Where do you learn to become a better writer? What courses can you take to learn to write using the correct formats and styles? This article provides free resources for online computer assisted learning.

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    Today the Internet allows people to write blogs, create websites, and much more. However, how do you know if you are writing correctly? What if you want to learn to write better? There are many resources online to assist in learning how to write. In this article, I have provided you with a list of free online computer assisted learning websites for writing mastry.

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    The Open University

    The Open University is based in England. This is a very important factor if you are writing in English. The website, "OU" as they refer to themselves, includes specific courses with exercises and audio which helps users that need multiple forms of communication when it comes to learning.

    Students may begin taking courses at the introductory level or with more advanced courses, depending on the level of writing experience.

    A good rule of thumb is to start with the basics. The "Writing What You Know" course helps students understand basic writing concepts and walks writers through the process of understanding how to state information that isn't as obvious to readers.

    The OU lists the amount of time expected to complete each course. This allows students to set aside the appropriate time to give their full attention to learning the information.

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    The University of Utah

    Some of the courses on the University of Utah's website are older, but contain basic information that has not changed over the years. When using the site for the first time, you are required to create an online account. There is no cost associated with the account; it simply helps track courses that have been taken and grades are given. No credits are given to students with free online accounts.

    I like this particular site as it provides the exact courses that would be provided for paying students.

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    MIT Open Courseware

    MIT offers online courses in many different formats. Styles are discussed so that writers may become more proficient at discovering the best writing style that fits their needs. The course "The Creative Spark" provides ways to motivate and inspire when a mental block is reached, which often happens in writing.

    Another course I think is appropriate for online writers is "Writing, Editing, and Publishing in Cyberspace." The course talks specifically on how to write for online readers and how to engage the audience. Online writing has become interactive and this course provides some insight into dealing with that aspect.

    The one thing I do not like about this site is that the courses do not "walk" students through using obvious "Next" buttons. Students use the menus on the left side of the screen to move about the sections of the courses.

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    Anyone can do a Google search and type in "online writing courses" or similar keywords. When the results provide a list of more than 8 million websites, it can be overwhelming for even the most savvy computer users. Use the above list with your searching and you'll be ahead of the game when it comes to learning how to write.

    Another great tip when searching for free online computer assisted learning for writing mastry is to search with more specific keywords. If you are interested in writing a book, type keywords such as "guidelines to write a book" into the search engine. The result will be fewer websites listed, which means fewer websites to sift through.

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    References

    Open University: http://openlearn.open.ac.uk/course/view.php?id=2799

    University of Utah: http://my.courses.utah.edu/course/search.php?search=writing

    MIT Open Courseware: http://ocw.mit.edu/courses/