By Danika Rockett, Ph.D.
If you’re like most college students, you will need English composition as part of your degree program. In fact, the English courses at StraighterLine – we offer three levels, from 099 to 102 – are some of our most popular ones, with enrollment numbers consistently above most other courses.
At StraighterLine, you can take college-level English in the comfort of your own home, 100% online and self-paced, and for a fraction of the price you would pay at most institutions. But all of these benefits mean very little if the quality of the course is lacking.
What Does a "High Quality" English Course Look Like?
We want you to know that providing quality courses is our number one priority. We want to see you be successful, and offering high quality coursework is one way to make that happen. So what does this mean – what does a “high quality” English course look like?
First, we start with top-notch content from some of the most reputable education providers in the industry, including McGraw-Hill. As you work through your course topics, you’ll find dozens of resources and lesson presentations, which include audio and video-based content – so whether you learn better by listening, by reading, or by watching, we’ve got your learning style covered.
Free Access to On-Demand Tutoring
All StraighterLine subscriptions include free access to on-demand tutoring from Smarthinking, an industry leader in 24/7 live tutoring – but did you know that this tutoring service allows you to access tutoring in other ways, too?
- You can schedule a time with a tutor for a more personalized, in-depth session.
- You can get quick, on-demand help by simply chatting with a tutor.
- You can submit a question offline and receive feedback asynchronously.
- Or – and this is particularly useful if you’re taking English comp – you can send in a paper that you’re working on and receive grammar-related feedback!
Speaking of feedback, all English courses give you the option of submitting ungraded drafts prior to submitting your final version of the essay. These drafts will be reviewed by various professors in order to guide you in making your revisions.
If you choose to submit the optional drafts, just be aware that it will extend the length of your course somewhat; however, we are very proud of our quick grading turnaround time – while our official policy states that essays will be graded within 3 - 5 business days, the reality is that most essays are returned to you the same day that you submit them.
Get Feedback on Your Drafts
But for most students, the extra time required for submitting drafts is well worth the wait because the additional grader feedback is an excellent way to help you improve going forward. You can always view grader feedback, along with a full originality report, in the Turnitin platform, which is integrated within the course.
Turnitin is used for plagiarism detection and is very thorough at checking the Internet, printed material, and databases of previously submitted work. Using Turnitin increases the quality of StraighterLine’s English courses even more because it ensures that all graded work is original, but it also lets you see where you may just need to do a better job of citing material.
From the myriad of resources within the course, the availability of tutoring and other support, along with direct feedback from qualified graders, you will find that StraighterLine’s English courses reflect the highest academic standards. Successfully completing one or more of these courses means you’ll be well on your way to preparing for your academic and professional future!
About the Author: Danika Rockett, Ph.D., is a course manager at StraighterLine specializing in English composition and communication. As a former English and Technical Communication professor, she manages all courses that involve qualitative assessment; she also helps develop and improve course content. She has nearly 10 years of university teaching experience, both online and in the classroom.