It was just a year ago that I enrolled in my first massive open online course (MOOC), Duke University's Think Again: How to Reason and Argue offered through Coursera.

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And as I took the class and began listening in on the excited media conversation about this new teaching and learning medium, I noticed a positive version of the same kind of mania surrounding the negative stories accompanying this year's MOOC backlash.

In both cases, arguments in favor and critical of...

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