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Cathy Davidson hopes to teach her students the importance of personal responsibility, especially in a Web 2.0 culture, by letting students grade each other in her "This is Your Brain on the Internet" course being offered at Duke University this winter.

Davidson's approach is an innovative and somewhat controversial application of "crowdsourcing," the 21st-century idea of taking tasks traditionally performed by an employer or organization and outsourcing them to a community...

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