About this Specialization
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100% online courses

Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.

Flexible Schedule

Set and maintain flexible deadlines.

Beginner Level

No background required. These courses teach foundational skills in writing, design, and speaking that everyone needs for professional success.

Approx. 2 months to complete

Suggested 8 hours/week

English

Subtitles: English, Arabic, Italian, Vietnamese

What you will learn

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    To Write Masterfully

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    To Design Elegantly

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    To Speak Powerfully

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    To Present Your Ideas and Your Best Self to the World

Skills you will gain

Business WritingPresentationGraphic DesignWriting

100% online courses

Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.

Flexible Schedule

Set and maintain flexible deadlines.

Beginner Level

No background required. These courses teach foundational skills in writing, design, and speaking that everyone needs for professional success.

Approx. 2 months to complete

Suggested 8 hours/week

English

Subtitles: English, Arabic, Italian, Vietnamese

How the Specialization Works

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Hands-on Project

Every Specialization includes a hands-on project. You'll need to successfully finish the project(s) to complete the Specialization and earn your certificate. If the Specialization includes a separate course for the hands-on project, you'll need to finish each of the other courses before you can start it.

Earn a Certificate

When you finish every course and complete the hands-on project, you'll earn a Certificate that you can share with prospective employers and your professional network.

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There are 4 Courses in this Specialization

Course1

Business Writing

4.8
1,174 ratings
377 reviews
Course2

Graphic Design

4.7
654 ratings
173 reviews
Course3

Successful Presentation

4.7
320 ratings
60 reviews
Course4

Effective Communication Capstone Project

4.8
28 ratings
5 reviews

Instructors

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Dr. Quentin McAndrew

Instructor
Department of English, University of Colorado Boulder
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David Underwood

Design and Media Teaching Consultant
PhET Interactive Simulations, Department of Physics, University of Colorado Boulder
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Professor William Kuskin

Professor
Department of English, University of Colorado Boulder

About University of Colorado Boulder

CU-Boulder is a dynamic community of scholars and learners on one of the most spectacular college campuses in the country. As one of 34 U.S. public institutions in the prestigious Association of American Universities (AAU), we have a proud tradition of academic excellence, with five Nobel laureates and more than 50 members of prestigious academic academies....

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Yes! To get started, click the course card that interests you and enroll. You can enroll and complete the course to earn a shareable certificate, or you can audit it to view the course materials for free. When you subscribe to a course that is part of a Specialization, you’re automatically subscribed to the full Specialization. Visit your learner dashboard to track your progress.

  • This course is completely online, so there’s no need to show up to a classroom in person. You can access your lectures, readings and assignments anytime and anywhere via the web or your mobile device.

  • Time to completion can vary based on your schedule, but most learners are able to complete the Specialization in four to five months.

  • Each course in the Specialization is offered on demand, and may be taken at any time.

  • Basic knowledge of presentation software (like PowerPoint, Keynote, or Prezi) or design software, such as InDesign or Illustrator.

  • Although the three courses in the specialization can be taken separately, they are deeply integrated around their lessons. Upon completion of the three courses, learners will understand that the business of writing, design, and presentation is one continuous endeavor of personal branding, and that these skills rest upon the same fundamental, replicable principles. We recommend taking them in the order that they are offered.

  • Coursera courses and certificates don't carry university credit, though some universities may choose to accept Specialization Certificates for credit. Check with your institution to learn more.

  • You’ll learn straightforward, broadly serviceable techniques to improve your writing, design, and presentation skills. Upon completion of this specialization, you'll:

    --Understand and apply the fundamental principles that drive success in writing, design, and presentation.

    --Write well organized, clear documents.

    --Design impactful and elegant slides, reports, documents, and other visual products.

    --Speak with confidence and power.

    This specialization gives you the tools to present your ideas with impact and showcase your best professional self in your documents, slides, and speaking.

  • Wordprocessing software like Microsoft Word will be helpful for Business Writing. For Graphic Design, learners need some familiarity and access to presentation software, like Microsoft PowerPoint and Apple Keynote. Although it is not required, design students may also use programs like Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, or InDesign. For Successful Presentation, the ability to record and upload short videos will be useful (a phone video camera or built in camera in a computer will be suitable).

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