MODPO

Canadian Art - - Reviews -

ON­LINE POETRY COURSE, UNIVER­SITY OF PENN­SYL­VA­NIA

Based out of the Univer­sity of Penn­syl­va­nia, but with many Cana­dian par­tic­i­pants, Modpo of­fers a de­cen­tred, free-ad­mis­sion struc­ture for learn­ing about an art form—in this case, mod­ern and con­tem­po­rary poetry. Modpo is a MOOC—A mas­sive open on­line course—but it avoids the im­per­sonal, per­func­tory qual­ity of other MOOCS by em­pha­siz­ing “close col­lab­o­ra­tive read­ings” of works by po­ets rang­ing from Emily Dick­in­son to Chris­tian Bök and beyond. Some read­ings are gen­er­ated dur­ing live we­b­casts. Oth­ers are cre­ated by users and uploaded to the course site. Yet oth­ers take shape in dis­cus­sion fo­rums for each poem.

In many ways, Modpo is the In­ter­net at its nerdy utopian best, en­abling far-flung in­di­vid­u­als with a shared in­ter­est to meet, dis­cuss and learn.

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