Rasmussen University has a wide variety of resources, tools, and services for academic and business writing support. Use the tabs along the top of this box to learn more about different forms of writing and style recommendations to help you with your course assignments and in your profession.
View the video below to explore some of the key differences between professional/business writing and academic writing:
Business letters are often used the communicate with an group outside of an organization such as clients, customers, or other companies. Business letters typically include:
Examples of business letters can be found in a variety of ebooks in the Online LIbrary (click on the cover to read/view):
The Optimal Resume software, available in the Resources tab of all Rasmussen University online courses, also provides assistance, including many business letter templates.
APA's Publication Manual does not provide formal guidelines for creating outlines. When asked to do an outline in APA style for a course assignment, we recommend the following:
Visit our FAQ on outlines for examples:
PowerPoint presentations are a common form of visual communication and are used frequently in academics and in business. Since a download of Microsoft Office is available for Rasmussen University students, most, though perhaps not all, of your digital presentations will take advantage of this software.
Presentations as Digital Composition
PowerPoint presentations are communication tools, and, as such, require the author to consider their audience, purpose, message, etc, and much of the writing process that is used for writing academic papers can also be applied when planning, researching, drafting, and revising a presentation. PowerPoint presentations provide their author a chance to present information in a creative way. These presentations can really have a big impact because they can engage the audience in a number of ways including the incorporation of sound, videos, and movement in your slides. Use the PowerPoint presentations that you are assigned as opportunities to practice a valuable form of workplace composition and communication.
Rasmussen University Microsoft PowerPoint Resources:
Grammarly is an online software application that is available at no additional cost to Rasmussen students and staff. It checks for grammar, mechanics, spelling, word usage, and even plagiarism. Grammarly is NOT a replacement for working with your instructor, a writing tutor, or the Writing Lab in our Online Tutoring Service (aka Brainfuse), but rather it is a tool that will help you present your best work to your instructor and hone your writing skills. There is no limit on the number of papers you can submit to Grammarly. Submit away! Grammarly provides instant feedback 24 hours a day / 7 days a week because it is an automated (computerized) service.
NoodleTools is another online software application that is available at no additional cost to Rasmussen students and staff. NoodleTools helps users create reference lists, annotated bibiliographies, and in-text citations formatted in APA style. Learn more at our NoodleTools Guide, and watch the video below to learn how to set up your NoodleTools account.
Click here to Connect to the Online Tutoring Service (Brainfuse).
Click on Writing Lab.
Once there, attach you paper using the Browse feature. Add any comments about what you'd like the writing expert to look for and/or attach your assignment instructions. Then click on Submit.
Once you have submitted your paper, wait 24-48 hours or until you get an email, and then go back into the Writing Lab. Look for the Message Center to find feedback for your paper!
Your feedback might come in a variety of forms. You might get comments within the paper itself, you might get virtual "sticky" notes, or you might get commentary at the beginning or end of your paper.
Note: You can submit papers as often as you like.
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