Introduction to College Composition

Introduction to College Composition focuses on helping students practice and strengthen the basic concepts and skills of the writing process. This course focuses on critical reading strategies, process-based writing skills, research and documentation, and practical grammar and mechanics. An optional module introduces “college success” strategies that help students understand and develop good habits to improve their performance in this and other college courses. Course content may be used for standard instruction, or as a support course which address gaps in students’ skills and knowledge in Co-requisite courses.

This course was developed by Lumen Learning in conjunction with Cerritos College and incorporates material from multiple open sources.

Lumen OER courses apply learning science to engage students and better support the learning process. 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. Term over term, Lumen’s Waymaker courseware makes it possible to use learning data to identify where content improvements are needed. We work collaboratively with faculty and subject matter experts to develop and test iterative, continuous improvements aimed at increasing efficacy and learning.

Additional Course Features

These course materials include:

  • Waymaker Courseware: User-friendly Waymaker learning tools improve success for at-risk students with personalized study plans, automated study tips and nudges, and early alerts to identify and help struggling students.
  • Outcome-aligned OER: Designed to replace expensive textbooks, this course curates the best available open educational resources (OER) aligned with learning outcomes. Teach it as-is or customize to fit your needs.
  • LMS Integration: This course is delivered with seamless LMS integration and automatic grade return for Canvas, Blackboard, Brightspace, and Moodle.
  • Accessibility: Lumen is 100% committed to providing learning materials that are accessible to all learners. Lumen course materials are mobile-friendly.

What People Are Saying

“Lumen Learning has been a great partner for us with our work. Everyone has been helpful, and they care about students, which is my main concern.” – Guy Krueger, University of Mississippi

Video Overview: Waymaker Developmental English & College Composition

This recorded webinar provides a guided walkthrough of Lumen’s Developmental English and College Composition course materials, including learning design, OER content, course structure, and how Waymaker courseware personalizes the learning experience and deepens student engagement.

Why Teach with Lumen Course Materials?

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  • Replace expensive textbooks: Ready-to-adopt open educational resources (OER) include text, videos, simulations, self-checks, and other interactives.
  • Choose affordability: Low cost to students.
  • Use better content: Continuous, data-driven improvements make OER content more effective at supporting learning.
  • Simplify access: Easy access to course materials in your LMS (Blackboard, Canvas, D2L, and Moodle) plus automatic grade return.
  • Improve student outcomes: Research shows Lumen course materials can improve academic performance, passing rates, and course completion.
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FOR STUDENTS

  • Learn by doing: Self-checks, online homework, and other interactive tools strengthen learning.
  • Engage from day one: Avoid falling behind with access course materials from the first day of class.
  • Retain materials: Download a digital copy of course content to keep forever.
  • Become a better learner: Waymaker’s real-time feedback and nudges guide students on where to focus and how to improve.

Three Steps to Teaching this Course in Your Class

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