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OER for ECU Foundation Courses: Written Communication (GE:EN)

OERs for Written Communication Foundation Courses

This page highlights several open textbooks for courses in writing. The purpose of this list is to provide recommendations to faculty who are considering adopting OERs in Foundation courses at East Carolina University. These resources can complement a course or even serve as the primary textbook. This can page can also serve as a reference for students looking for open resources on writing. General education courses in Written Communication (GE:EN) can be found here:

Selected Providers of English Composition OERs

 undefined Open Textbook Library  

"These books have been reviewed by faculty from a variety of colleges and universities to assess their quality. These books can be downloaded for no cost, or printed at low cost. All textbooks are either used at multiple higher education institutions; or affiliated with an institution, scholarly society, or professional organization."

undefined   Lumen Learning 

"Lumen materials aim to deliver an active learning experience. They include text, images, videos, assessments, directed feedback, practice questions, simulations, and other interactives that invite students to apply their knowledge, improve their understanding, and perform better."

undefined    MERLOT 

"MERLOT search engine provides access to curated online learning and support materials and content creation tools, led by an international community of educators, learners and researchers."

undefined Open SUNY Textbooks

Open SUNY textbooks is a publishing initiative established by State University of New York libraries and supported by SUNY Innovative Instruction Technology Grants and SUNY Geneseo. Textbooks are written by faculty experts

undefinedOER Commons

"OER Commons offers a comprehensive infrastructure for curriculum experts and instructors at all levels to identify high-quality OER and collaborate around their adaptation, evaluation, and use to address the needs of teachers and learners."

undefined  BCcampus

Search engine covering major subjects; toolkits available for teachers and authors to adopt and create OERs, respectively.

Saylor Academy Open Textbooks

Search engine for curated OER materials that instructors can adopt and adapt for their classroom.

MIT Open Courseware

MIT OpenCourseWare (OCW) is a web-based publication of virtually all MIT course content. OCW is open and available to the world and is a permanent MIT activity.

English Composition

ENGL 1100 Foundations of College Writing

   undefined You, Writing! A Guide to College Composition

by A. Glynn, K. Hallsten-Erickson & A. J. Swing

Chapters go over the process of academic writing from defining an audience, finding a topic, through revising, editing, and proofreading.

undefined Boundless Writing

by Lumen Learning

Materials include online text, PowerPoint slides, quizzes, and e-publication. Topics include the writing and research process, grammar, punctuation, sentence structure, discipline writing.

undefined Writing in College: From Competence to Excellence

by A. Guptill

"Students will find in Writing in College a warm invitation to join the academic community as novice scholars and to approach writing as a meaningful medium of thought and communication. With concise discussions, clear multidisciplinary examples, and empathy for the challenges of student life, Guptill conveys a welcoming tone."

undefined Writing Unleashed

by S. Priebe, D. Anderson, & R. Marman

"Designed for use as a textbook in first-year college composition programs, written as an extremely brief guide for students, jam-packed with teachers' voices, students' voices, and engineered for fun."


ENGL 2201 Writing about the Disciplines

undefinedThree Modules on Clear Writing Style: Introduction to the Craft of Argument

by J. M. Williams & G. Colomb

"Writers often lack useful terms for talking about their writing with peers, editors, and collaborators. Developing a vocabulary for talking about good writing simplifies the composition, editing and review processes. These Modules introduce the Little Red Schoolhouse (LRS) method and terminology and discuss some of the major strategies of the LRS approach."

undefined Argumentation and Communication

by MITOpenCourseware

"This Communication and Argumentation seminar is an intensive writing workshop that focuses on argumentation and communication. Students learn to write and present their ideas in cogent, persuasive arguments and other analytical frameworks. Reading and writing assignments and other exercises stress the connections between clear thinking, critical reading, and effective writing."

undefinedReading, Writing, and Researching for History

by P. Rael

"[The author] has divided the material into several categories: there are chapters on reading primary and secondary historical sources, the nature of historical arguments, the research process, structuring history papers, writing papers, working with sources, and editing and evaluating our own historical writing."

undefined Writing in the Social Sciences

by C. C. Charles

From the author: "...we chose this interactive online venue with cool tech we thought you'd enjoy: embedded videos INSIDE the textbook, lots of images and graphics, embedded quiz and discussion questions, even live links so you don't have to leave the textbook to go to a web page. Plus, you can read it on a computer, tablet, and even your phone!"

undefined Writing as an Engineer or Scientist

by M. Alley

"Your writing as an engineer or scientist is important for two reasons. First, the content matters for the health and safety of society. Second, you need to be able to write effectively to advance in your career. What might surprise you is that a large gap exists between what you have been taught about writing in high school and first-year English and what is expected of your writing in engineering and science. Through short films, model documents, templates, and exercises, this website tries to bridge that gap."

undefined Technical Report Writing Guidelines

by L. M. Akins

"This document specifies the recommended format to be used when submitting a formal technical report in a variety of disciplines and purposes. Also, this manual can be used as a guide to compose less formal reports, such as lab reports, that may consist of a subset of the items presented here.  It is a useful general guide from which faculty can specify the particular requirements for reports in their courses."