Fantasy and Science Fiction

In a traditional literature class, students read, discuss and write about their interpretations of literary texts. But can a literature class work as a MOOC — a Massive Open Online Course with thousands of students?

Fantasy and Science Fiction, a new Coursera literature course taught by University of Michigan Professor Eric Rabkin, is going to give this a try. As Rabkin explains in his introductory lectures, students will read the assigned texts and write their compositions. Then, instead of instructors grading the papers, all grading and commenting will be done by fellow students.

I’ve participated in writing workshops where most of the comments and critiques are by fellow students. This process can help both the writer and the student making the comments. It will be interesting to see how this works in a Massive Open virtual classroom.

Here’s the course promo:

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