Hi, I am in the process of completing ISU Extension's 'Basics of Professional Writing' non-credit certificate and thought I'd post my impressions here. The good: ISU has an excellent reputation in writing; the certificate is $45; those with very little writing experience may get something out of it; good collection of online resources; there is a physical certificate upon completion; the course is short (couple of evenings). The bad: There is no feedback during the course whatsoever. It's self study only; most resources are available online for free; the course contents are sometimes overly simple. The flat-out ugly: The quality of some resources is more than questionable. The bottom line: The course delivers what it promises: very, very (, very!) basic introduction to writing academic/professional texts. ISU did not go above and beyond creating this course. In fact, the main resources are Purdue University's OWL and Colorado State's writing lab, and both are accessible online for free. And even though both labs are great projects, their cookbook style does not always help develop good writing skills. For instance, CSU's page works a lot with direct quotes from experiences writers. Unfortunately, they are sometimes quoted so out of context that they make embarrassingly little sense - and this in a course on clear writing... I still think the course can be valuable for writing novices, especially considering the fair price. Just don't expect anything new if you successfully passed a class in college. Another thing I really like is that ISU Extension is involved in a number of awesome projects improving the lives of people in rural Iowa. So definitely something worth supporting. Kinda like a donation to PBS... I will let you know about the certificate when I got it.