MindEdge's Comprehensive Writing and Communication Program

MindEdge offers affordable online learning resources focused on writing at the college level. They include adaptive learning components, games, videos, interactives, quizzes, and other engaging content that keeps students on track to becoming better writers.

These modular courses can be tailored to your school with webtexts, ebooks, and optional trade paperbacks available. They seamlessly integrate into all learning management systems.

MindEdge's college writing resources:

  • Keep learners engaged
  • Are affordable
  • Provide targeted help through adaptive learning
  • Support instructors through analytics
  • Flex to meet your needs
  • Comprehensively cover major topics

These courses were created to align with several national standards: CLEP, AP, and WPA standards are all fully supported. Each course includes instruction that addresses content concerns, stylistic concerns, grammatical correctness, and documentation styles.

In addition, the courses include readings for study and practice. They include videos, images, games, and other interactive elements that motivate the student to progress through the courses while applying fundamental concepts of writing and communication. Suggested assignments help instructors assess students' mastery of the modes and genres required by traditional academic writing.

MindEdge's adaptive learning helps students by providing support for those common writing and grammar "pain points" where students often encounter learning difficulties. A sophisticated software engine guides students through additional layers of content instruction, which includes games, interactive video, and additional testing.

College Writing is designed to lead students carefully through the foundational principles of writing sentences, paragraphs, and essays. The course first introduces students to the concept of language formality in order to transition students from using diction that is more informal and colloquial to writing for a more formal, academic audience. Students are then taught how to write grammatically and syntactically correct sentences, to formulate a basic paragraph, to construct different paragraphs types that serve different purposes, and to understand the basic building blocks of a five-paragraph essay. This course serves as a foundation for students who are unfamiliar with college-level writing and need to develop sentence-level and paragraph-level proficiencies that will help them transition into standard college composition courses. This course walks students carefully through the writing process, transitioning them from identifying, then analyzing, and then practicing all aspects of writing sentences, paragraphs, and essays at a granular level. The pace of this course is designed to ease students into writing in an engaging, non-threatening, and supportive learning environment.

The course contains comprehensive guided learning material, from instructional and animated videos, to interactive games, to practice spaces that provide students with immediate feedback. Emphasis is placed on helping the student transition from comprehension to actual practice, helping to bridge the gap from learning space to actual writing or assignment space.

College Writing supports peer review activities, though it may be completed asynchronously as well. It also provides sample writing assignments at the end of each module, although faculty may request their own assignments be substituted in.

Through MindEdge's adaptive learning students can access help for more than 20 topics, including misplaced modifiers, comma splices, active and passive voice, etc. This course includes full access to the MindEdge Writing Pad to support real-time student writing and coaching sessions.

There are ten modules in the course:

  1. Language Formality
  2. Writing Sentences
  3. Narrative and Descriptive Paragraphs
  4. Exemplification and Classification Paragraphs
  5. Process Analysis Paragraphs
  6. Comparison and Contrast Paragraphs
  7. Cause and Effect Paragraphs
  8. Argument Paragraphs
  9. Writing the Essay
  10. Essay Patterns

Composition I introduces learners to the types of writing and thinking that is valued in college and beyond. Students will practice writing in several genres and several media, with emphasis placed on writing and revising academic arguments. Visual literacy components ensure that writers can create visual texts to support their traditional arguments.

The course contains supporting media, articles, and excerpts to support a focus on one of several disciplinary threads (covering the topics of nursing, business, information technology, teaching, and literature, art, and culture) designed to engage students and welcome them into discussion about contemporary issues.

Composition I supports peer review activities, though it may be completed asynchronously as well. Instruction and exercises in grammar, mechanics, research documentation, and style are paired with each module so that writers can practice these skills as necessary.

Through MindEdge's adaptive learning students can access help for more than 20 topics, including misplaced modifiers, comma splices, active and passive voice, etc. This course includes full access to the MindEdge Writing Pad to support real-time student writing and coaching sessions.

There are ten modules in the course:

  1. Rhetoric and Analyzing Writing
  2. Narration and Narrative Arguments
  3. Working with Sources
  4. Evaluation Arguments
  5. Rebuttal Arguments
  6. Cause-and-Effect Argument
  7. Proposal Argument
  8. Revision
  9. Delivering in Visual Formats
  10. The Portfolio
Appendix A: MLA format
Appendix B: APA format

Composition II (Research Writing) helps writers focus on building and sustaining a researched argument. The course provides guidance for writing as a process - including choosing a researchable topic, brainstorming techniques, finding viable sources, assessing the credibility of sources, integrating sources through paraphrase and synthesis, crafting citations, creating an organizational strategy, drafting, revising, and editing - with several interactive and optional assignments leading up to the submission of an assignment with each module.

Writers can practice delivering an argument to multiple audiences, with support for a research paper format, a presentation format, an elevator pitch podcast format, and an editorial format.

The course supports peer review activities, though it may be completed asynchronously as well. Instruction and exercises in grammar, mechanics, research documentation, and style are paired with each module so that writers can practice these skills as necessary.

Through MindEdge's adaptive learning students can access help for more than 20 topics, including misplaced modifiers, comma splices, active and passive voice, etc. This course includes full access to the MindEdge Writing Pad to support real-time student writing and coaching sessions.

There are ten modules in the course:

  1. Introduction to Writing and Reading
  2. Analyzing Argument and Rhetoric
  3. Identifying an Issue
  4. Research and Documentation
  5. Using Research in Your Writing
  6. Synthesizing Research
  7. Re-assessing Your Argument
  8. Writing and Revising the First Draft
  9. Publishing for Different Audiences
  10. Revision and Final Draft
Appendix A: MLA format
Appendix B: APA format
Appendix C: Revision strategies and samples

Technical Communications introduces learners to the types of writing and presentations valued by employers and necessary for success in the workplace. The course provides guidance for writing as a process, with several interactive and optional assignments leading up to the submission of an assignment with each module.

In addition to practicing writing in various formats common at work, students will gain an understanding of the ethics and politics involved in workplace communication, and they'll practice writing for different audiences.

Technical Communications reviews effective writing and speaking styles, and it supports opportunities for peer review and shared writing for those learners who are taking the course synchronously.

This course includes full access to the MindEdge Writing Pad to support real-time student writing and coaching sessions.

There are ten modules in the course:

  1. Solving Problems through Communication
  2. Planning your Message and Thinking Critically
  3. Ethics and Professionalism
  4. Qualities of Effective Technical Writing
  5. Emails, Memos, and Letters
  6. Collaboration
  7. Reports
  8. Document Design and Visuals
  9. Presentations
  10. The Job Search
Appendix A: Parts of speech and usage

The MindEdge Writing Center is a multi-part writing assistance resource for both learners and instructors. The Writing Center offers robust diagnostic tools, adaptive learning, and practice spaces that aid students in developing the weaker areas in their writing before they meet with a tutor or faculty member. This approach not only builds the student’s skills and confidence but also makes more efficient their time with the tutor or faculty member.

The MindEdge Writing Center empowers and enables learners by providing a guided learning path as follows:

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