How to Be a Successful MOOC Student

Maggie Sokolik & Dorothy Zemach

 

MOOCs – Massive Open Online Courses – enable students around the world to take university courses online. This guide, by the instructors of edX’s most successful MOOC in 2013-2014, Principles of Written English (based on both enrollments and rate of completion), advises current and future students how to get the most out of their online study, covering areas such as what types of courses are offered and who offers them, what resources students need, how to register, how to work effectively with other students, how to interact with professors and staff, and how to handle assignments.

This book is suitable for both native and non-native speakers of English, and is applicable to MOOC classes on any subject (and indeed, for just about any type of online study).

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How to Write an Essay, Workbook 1

Maggie Sokolik

This workbook accompanies the online course, College Writing 2.1x, the first of two courses offered by College Writing Programs of the University of California, Berkeley through edX.org. This workbook offers additional ways to practice writing, editing, and reviewing the materials for the online course. The workbook includes writing prompts, vocabulary lists, and editing exercises (with suggested answers).

If you would like to purchase this workbook and are not taking the course, you may still find use for the materials. However, it should be noted that the course is offered free of charge, so you are welcome to join the live course. (You may also access the archived course at any time for self-study.)

Access the course at this link:
www.edx.org/course/Principles of Written English 2.1x

***Note: This revised edition reflects the updated course content from November 2016.

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English Grammar and Essay Writing, Workbook 2

Maggie Sokolik

This workbook accompanies the online course, College Writing 2.2x, the second of a series of three courses offered by College Writing Programs of the University of California, Berkeley through edX.org. You do not need to have taken the first course to benefit from this second one.

This workbook offers additional ways to practice writing, editing, and reviewing the materials for the online course. The workbook includes writing prompts, vocabulary lists, and editing and grammar exercises (with suggested answers).

If you would like to purchase this workbook and are not taking the course, you may still find use for the materials. However, it should be noted that the course is offered free of charge, so you are welcome to join the live course. Information on how to do so and the website address are noted in the workbook's introduction.

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Academic and Business Writing, Workbook 3

Maggie Sokolik

This workbook accompanies the online course College Writing 2.3x, the third of a series of three courses offered by the College Writing Program of the University of California, Berkeley, through edX.org. You do not need to have taken the first or second courses to benefit from this third one.

This workbook offers additional ways to practice writing and reviewing the materials for the online course. The workbook includes a summary of information given in the course, writing prompts, and quizzes (with suggested answers).

If you would like to purchase this workbook and are not taking the course, you may still find use for the materials. However, it should be noted that the course is offered free of charge, so you are welcome to join the live course. Information on how to do so and the website address are noted in the workbook’s introduction.

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Fifty Ways to Teach Writing

Maggie Sokolik

Writing ought to be the easiest of the four skills for students of English as a Second or Foreign Language. Unlike listening and reading, the students control all the words. Unlike speaking, the students can go back, check their work, revise it, and resubmit it. It should then follow that writing would be one of the most popular courses to teach. Yet teachers never say, "I can't wait till I get tenure, so I can teach some of those composition classes of 35 students."

However, writing classes also offer the opportunity to see growth, to share important ideas, and to develop a sense of community. The tips in Fifty Ways to Teach Writing are chosen with that goal in mind -- to make it easier for students to succeed at becoming better writers, and for instructors to enjoy the teaching of writing.

This book is divided into three categories, which represent the stages of process writing:

  1. Pre-writing and planning
  2. Writing topics and strategies
  3. Editing and revising

The Fifty Ways to Teach series gives you a variety of drills, games, techniques, methods, and ideas to help your students master English. Most of the ideas can be used for both beginning and advanced classes. Many require little to no preparation or special materials. The ideas can be used with any textbook, or without a textbook at all. These short, practical guides aim to make your teaching life easier, and your students' lives more rewarding and successful.

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Fifty Ways to Teach Grammar

Maggie Sokolik

Many textbooks do a fine job of presenting grammar to students. However, some students or classes need more practice after they’ve finished the exercises in their textbook.

This guide provides imaginative and enjoyable games, drills, and activities to practice different grammatical structures such as verb tenses, articles, phrasal verbs, pronouns, relative clauses, modals, word forms, syntax, and more.

This book is divided into three categories:

a) Reading-writing exercises

b) Speaking activities

c) Fun & games

Enliven your classes with information gaps, poems, game shows, guessing games, substitution drills, writing prompts, discussion topics, and more.

The Fifty Ways to Teach series gives you a variety of drills, games, techniques, methods, and ideas to help your students master English. Most of the ideas can be used for both beginning and advanced classes. Many require little to no preparation or special materials. The ideas can be used with any textbook, or without a textbook at all. These short, practical guides aim to make your teaching life easier, and your students’ lives more rewarding and successful.

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Fifty Ways to Practice Grammar

Maggie Sokolik

This book is made for students of English as a Second or Foreign Language.

You will learn 50 ways to notice, understand, and practice different grammatical structures in English. The book is divided into two sections: 1) Awareness activities, that help you become aware of structures and understand what they mean and how they function; 2) Practice activities, to boost your accuracy and help you become more fluent in using English correctly.

You do not need to be living in an English-speaking country or be currently taking an English class to use this book. However, students who are already in a class can also use this book to study and learn more effectively.

Learning another language is never fast, but the Fifty Ways to Practice series will speed things up by showing you how to practice more efficiently and effectively both inside and outside the classroom. It is useful for beginning through advanced levels.

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Maggie Sokolik

Maggie Sokolik received her Ph.D. in Applied Linguistics from UCLA. She is the author of over twenty ESL and composition textbooks. She has also written for and been featured in several educational video projects in Japan. She is the editor of TESL-EJ, a peer-reviewed journal for ESL/EFL instructors.

Maggie has taught in College Writing Programs at UC Berkeley for over 20 years, and travels frequently to speak about grammar, writing, and instructor education, most recently in Querétaro, Mexico; Shenzhen, China; Tokyo, Japan; and Hyderabad, India.

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