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Barbara Crary

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This course has exceeded my expectations in every way. I have never taken a poetry course before, nor have I been part of a MOOC. Professor Al Filreis has done a tremendous job structuring this course so that it feels very intimate despite the fact that there are tens of thousands of students enrolled. For this subject matter, the use of classroom discussion between Professor Filreis and his TAs is an excellent means of modeling the "close reading" of poetry that forms the heart of the course. There are live webcasts from the University every week, with the opportunity for students to ask questions from around the world. There is a tremendous sense of community among the classmates through the numerous Discussion Forums, as well as the optional use of Facebook and Twitter. Take this course - you will not regret it!