When the course first opened up, there was no individual place to discuss each of the units so it wasn’t long before people who were reading ahead were posting threads about Alice in Wonderland mixed in with Grimm’s Fairy Tales and there were a few very ambitious readers posting about Dracula and Frankenstein. However, the coursera staff stepped up on 25 July and added folders for each unit to reduce the confusion that so many intermingled topics would inevitably create.
Also, sometime the week before last, they introduced flags. If someone were to post something that is completely inappropriate, the students can easily flag it and the coursera staff will take care of it.
On 22 August, someone copied and pasted an essay they received for the peer-review which they felt was plagiarized. Someone immediately posted a comment that quoted from an email we all received when the course began and in this email, Dr. Rabkin wrote the following: