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Open online courses on academic writing

Two MOOCs (Massive open online courses) in academic writing have been developed at Lund University: Writing in English at University and Akademiskt skrivande (in Swedish).

The courses are intended to be a resource for students and teachers at Lund University, but are open to everyone. See below for more information about each course.

All the lectures are freely available on Youtube:

Playlist for Writing in English at University
Playlist for Akademiskt skrivande

Access to all the course material is obtained by enrolling in the course on the Coursera platform. To create an account all you need is an e-mail adress. The courses have flexible enrolment, so sign up today!

Coursera’s course page for Writing in English at University
Coursera’s course page for Akademiskt skrivande

About the Writing in English at University course

The MOOC Writing in English at University is a resource for university students who are currently involved in writing assignments or degree projects as well as for students who wish to learn about academic writing in order to prepare for future writing tasks at university. Although the course provides guidance to all student writers, it targets specifically those who are writing in second language learner contexts and whose native language is not English.
As well as helping learners to put together their own “toolbox” of academic writing skills, Writing in English at University will give participants a chance to test out some of these tools, and to reflect on their own development as writers. With flexible enrolment, learners can spend as much time as they need on a module or they can speed up the pace of their studies, depending on what suits them and their particular learning styles.
The course is divided into four modules:

  1. Writing in English at university: An introduction
  2. Structuring your text and conveying your argument
  3. Using sources in academic writing
  4. The writer’s toolbox: Editing and proofreading


Satu Manninen, Ellen Turner, Cecilia Wadsö Lecaros, Nicolette Karst, Fredrik Vanek

About the Akademiskt skrivande course (the course is given in Swedish)

Vilket ämne du än studerar på universitetet så är skrivandet en del av utbildningen. Hur man skriver varierar mellan olika ämnen, men det finns också gemensamma nämnare för alla akademiska texter. I den här kursen riktar vi oss till dig som är – eller vill bli – student. Du får dels allmänna råd om hur du planerar ditt skrivande, dels mer specifika tips om disposition, struktur, språk och stil. Några lektioner behandlar särskilt  hur du argumenterar trovärdigt och hederligt i akademiska sammanhang. I det sista kursmomentet riktar vi oss till dig som är lärare på universitetet med tips på hur skrivträning kan integreras i ämnesundervisningen.
Kursen består av fem moduler:
1. Varför skriver man?
2. Hur bygger man en akademisk text?
3. Hur ser det akademiska språket ut?
4. Vad innebär akademisk hederlighet?
5. Till lärare: Hur utvecklar vi studenters skrivande?


Susanne Pelger, Sara Santesson, Nicolette Karst, Fredrik Vanek


Contact information

Ebba Ruhe

Course coordinator

ebba [dot] ruhe [at] math [dot] lu [dot] se


MOOC stands for Massive Open Online Course, a free university course delivered online and open to everyone.

Please note that you cannot include a MOOC as part of a degree or receive university credits for it.