The pervasive use of computers and the Internet in daily activities has brought about cultural changes to society perhaps more profound than the changes made over a century ago with the Industrial Revolution. How people gather and share information, and the speed at which this is done, makes obsolete the classrooms of just 10 years ago.
While it may not be suitable for everyone, online courses, now commonly referred to as Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), are becoming an increasingly popular option for college students. However, in such classes, students will face a unique set of challenges, including little interaction with others, keeping motivated, and peer grading. For those of you new to the subject, peer grading, potentially one of the most controversial topics among online education professionals, is when students in online courses evaluate work by other people in the same course.