Category Archives: Fantasy

Adventures in MOOC-land

To hear Sebastian Thrun tell it, some folks like a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) even better than a real world lecture class. Thrun, the founder of Udacity, discovered that some of his Stanford University students liked the online version … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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The Tolkien Professor

Okay fantasy fans: if you’ve been thinking of rereading J.R.R. Tolkien’s tales of Middle Earth (The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, etc.) you couldn’t find a better reading buddy than Washington College English Professor Corey Olsen, a.k.a. The Tolkien … Continue reading

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Worlds of Wordcraft

Are the massively popular online games like World of Warcraft part of a new narrative art form? A structured rules-based environment? A colossal waste of time? Jay Clayton and Matthew Hall, two Vanderbilt University professors, explore these questions and more … Continue reading

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