Rhetorical and Critical Writing OpenCourseWare: WGU's Free Bachelor Level Writing Course

Published Feb 14, 2009

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Discover the strategies that will improve your reading, research, writing and presentation skills in this OpenCourseWare version of Western Governors University's (WGU) 'Rhetorical and Critical Writing.' This undergraduate-level course from WGU's Department of Liberal Arts covers both critical reading skills and comprehension strategies, while providing additional strategies in analytical research and clear, persuasive and concise writing.

Rhetorical and Critical Writing: Course Specifics

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Rhetorical and Critical Writing: Course Description

This OpenCourseWare is designed to provide students with an in-depth look at critical writing, research and presentation skills. 'Rhetorical and Critical Writing,' an OpenCourseWare from Western Governors University, covers the writing process along with strategies for reading narrative, expository and persuasive narratives. The course also teaches efficient reading skills so that students may quickly gather the most valuable parts of a text without sacrificing overall comprehension. These strategies are designed to streamline the research process, so that students can rapidly and reliably find important and useful information. Finally, writing skills are introduced with an emphasis on using logic, clarity and persuasiveness when presenting ideas. Through the organization, comprehension, writing and presentation strategies offered by this free OpenCourseWare, students can approach their research projects with confidence.

A selection of modules and activities used to direct the learning process are available online for free.