Friday, September 21, 2018

Welcome to the beginning of the 8 week term. Everything you need to know to get started has been provided for you. Please be sure to read the posts below and email me with any questions you may have.

Please sign up for your journal at the G-mail sign-up link on the main page.

Monday, September 17, 2018

Hi and welcome to the 8 week session of Philosophy 125 Fall 2018!

This What's Up page is where you should come on a regular basis to find out about any new developments.

Here are a some things that you need to know right away.

1. If you don't have the book already, get it right away. It is here. You can get it immediately as an e-text or as a paperback from the Hornet bookstore. Please note that this is the 2nd edition of the book. Do not buy the 1st or 3rd editions. If you are just now getting the book, and you prefer to have the paperback, I strongly suggest not ordering it online, but purchasing it at the Hornet bookstore. This course goes by very quickly and you do not want to be waiting a week to receive this book.

You absolutely do need the book to pass this class.

2. This is an entirely online course. We never meet in person. All quizzing and testing is done in Canvas, the schools new online course management system (which is replacing Blackboard).

3. This course is almost entirely self-paced. There will be a recommended testing schedule and a few mandatory testing dates to help keep you on schedule. (The only other absolute deadlines are associated with journal entries. This is explained in the syllabus.)

5. There is a good deal of work associated with even the 15 version of this course, and the 8 week session does not leave out a single thing.  Those who tend to put things off will find that things do not go well. This course is built for students who are self-motivated and can keep up a steady work pace. If you are not a highly disciplined and self-motivated person please do not take it. You will not succeed and at the same time you will prevent someone else from taking it who may be in a better position to succeed.

6. Please go to this link to sign up for your online journal. Be sure that the email you enter is a Google Gmail account or another account that you have registered with Google.

7. I am very available and responsive to all questions and issues. On a normal weekday the longest it will take for me to respond to an email is a couple of hours. Often it is just a couple of minutes. Don't hesitate to ask me questions. You won't get yelled at if they are stupid ones (though I may gently direct you to place where they are answered.)

8. Believe it or not there is a syllabus test for this course. This is not there to annoy you, but to make sure that you really understand what you are getting into. If you encounter trouble passing this test, then this is a very strong sign that you are not ready to take this course.

9. Your first assignment is to watch the Orientation Video for this course. It will probably answer almost all of the questions currently on your mind. There is a link to it on the Canvas homepage and also here. This video was made for the 15 week class, so ignore the class section and due dates. Everything else is the same.

Saturday, August 25, 2018

Hi, this is the blog for the 8 week version of Philosophy 125 (PHIL 125-50), which begins by September 21st.

The course will not be available before then. It will, however, have exactly the same structure as the course that is being offered during the regular session. Hence, you are welcome to examine the syllabus, schedule and get a head start on learning the material.

Feel free to email me with any questions.