About This Course

Students working together on an assignment.

English Composition I covers all of the essential content about the writing process, rhetorical styles, and writing successfully for college. Students will learn about critical thinking, analysis, argumentation, reflection, and making sound rhetorical choices to write effective academic essays. Students will also learn about techniques for reading, interpreting, and utilizing a variety of sources in their writing. The course design encourages students to master concepts and skills in small bites, through engaging practice activities and frequent questioning with targeted feedback. The course content also covers key grammatical concepts, multimodal writing, collaboration, research skills, and proper documentation.

Course Improvements

We believe in making continuous improvements to our courses in order to enhance and facilitate student learning. This newest version of the course includes a vast number of data-driven improvements to assessment questions and text content in order to better illustrate, clarify, and evaluate concepts.


This course was developed by Lumen Learning, with contributions from faculty from the Department of Writing and Rhetoric at the University of Mississippi, as well as significant contributions from:

Primary Content Authors
Audrey Fisch, New Jersey City University
Laura Alyse Leininger, Collin College
Barbara Egel, City Colleges of Chicago
Claire Brantley, Contributor
Scott Barr, Contributor
Alison Arntsen, Contributor

This book has benefited from the contributions of many people, including Grant Armstrong, Wes Boozer, Martin Calafell, Raegan Collins, Julie Delfinado, Kaitlyn Drozenski, Teresa Estrada, Audrey Fisch, Venus Guillen, Yasmin Hernandez, Noha Kabaji, Jennifer Keidel, Justin Lieo, Katherine Loper, Geidy Lopez, Cassidy Maendel, Fiona Memmott, Hannah Murphy, Kathy N., Alissa Nephew, Jason Occean, Leslie Pizana, Andrew Ramos, Allie Saint-Paul, and Brii Sessions.

About Lumen

Lumen Learning courseware is based on open educational resources (OER). When we can find well designed, effective OER that are appropriately licensed, we use them in our courseware. When we can’t find pre-existing OER, we create original content and license it as OER (under a Creative Commons Attribution license).

Lumen’s authoring process does not end when our courseware is released. Our choice to adopt open educational resources means that we have the copyright permissions necessary to engage in continuous improvement of our learning content. Consequently, our courses are continually being revised and updated. Errata reported for our courseware are fixed in a matter of days, as opposed to the traditional model in which errors persist until the next “edition” is printed (often a year or more). Students and faculty can suggest improvements to our courses directly from within the courseware as they use it. And we conduct regular analyses to determine where students are struggling the most in our courseware, and make improvements that specifically target these areas.

Given our unique approach, our list of authors and other contributors may look different than the lists you are used to seeing. We provide both a list of the primary content authors (the people involved in the initial creation of the course) and a list of everyone who has contributed suggestions and other improvements to the course since it was first released. We invite you to join us as we create courseware that supports student learning more effectively each semester.

If you’d like to connect with us to learn more about adopting this course, please Contact Us.

You can also make an appointment for OER Office Hours to connect virtually with a live Lumen expert about any question you may have.