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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 (in Swedish)

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 (in Swedish)
Coursera’s course page for Akademiskt skrivande (in Swedish)

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

The MOOC Writing in English at University offers the option to obtain a certificate of completion upon completing the entire course, including the graded assignments at the end of each module. To receive the certificate of completion there is an administrative fee. It is still possible for anyone who does not wish to obtain a certificate of completion to access and complete the entire course free of charge.


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

The Akademiskt skrivande course (in Swedish)

If you want to know more about the course Akademiskt skrivande, you find information on our Swedish webpage.

Contact information

Linda Dahlberg, course administrator

Linda [dot] dahlberg [at] stu [dot] lu [dot] se (Linda[dot]dahlberg[at]stu[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.