Sunday, December 18, 2016

Hi everyone, just a reminder that today is the last day to do any work on your journals. Be sure to upload them to per instructions on the syllabus.

Also, please note that the reference to Chapter 29 on your Module 10 question is a typo. It should read 28.

Have a safe and excellent break.

Friday, December 9, 2016

Please look at the checklist in the previous post if you have not done so. When I first posted it I forgot the last item, which is:

Important: If you have been doing the journal this semester and want to get credit for it, don't forget to upload it to Turnitin in accord with the instructions on the syllabus.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

This is just another reminder to

  1. Do course evaluations by this Friday.
  2. Sign up here for your test re-take by this Sunday.
  3. Your module 10 test and retake are due by December 17th.
  4. All journal entries are due by December 18th.
  5. Upload your journals to in accord with the instructions on the syllabus.

Friday, December 2, 2016

Everyone has received an invitation to evaluate this course in their SacLink email The due date for course evaluations is Friday 12/9. Remember there is a small but meaningful incentive in the syllabus for doing course evaluations, and the more more people who do it, the more substantial it is.

Monday, November 28, 2016

I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving.

Please don't forget to sign up for your test retake at the link in the previous post.

Module 9 is due at the end of this week.  I'll be looking at your  Module 8 journal entries this week.

Friday, November 18, 2016

This is a link to the sign-up sheet for retaking one of your Module tests. Please follow the instructions on the top of the page. You may sign up to retake any test, but there is no testing permitted after 11:59PM on December 17th.
Module 8 is due this weekend. I am still catching up on Module 7 journal feedback, but should be done by today or tomorrow morning.

Have an excellent Thanksgiving!

Monday, November 14, 2016

Class, am really sorry to have to have to communicate some tragic news. Evan Kincade, a student in our class, was killed over the weekend in an an automobile accident. Evan was a senior and this was one of the last classes he needed for graduation. 

Since this is an online class, it's likely that you have not met Evan through your participation in it. But of course some of you may have known him outside of this context. If anyone has, and is in need of someone to talk to, please feel free to get in touch with Lorie Rowe in student affairs. Her e-mail is and her phone number is 916-278-7765.

Thursday, November 10, 2016

I'll be commenting on Module 7 journal entries the beginning of next week.

Module 8 is due at the end of next week.

I'm finishing updating grades on late tests today. Remember that late tests are downgraded 2 points for every 12 hour period they are late. Hence, if you are taking the test more than 5 days late it is not possible to get higher than a 0.

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Monday, October 24, 2016

As we start penetrating the second half of the semester and the material for this class, you will want to pay particular attention to the fact that the remaining modules 7, 8, 9 and 10 are due at two week intervals. To some extent this is due to an increase in the complexity of the material, but it is also an attempt to give you greater latitude in budgeting your time as the semester comes to a close. These are absolutely terrible modules to put off to the last minute. But if you approach them in a reasonable way you will probably feel like you have more time to finish than usual.

I am a little busy working on other classes right now, so it may be next week before I get your Module 6 journal entries all finished.

Friday, October 21, 2016

A student just pointed out that the video for Chapter 16 contains some irritating repetitions and pictures pop up at stupid times. I will try to get that fixed pretty quick, but meanwhile you may find it easier to simply view the slides for this video.

Thank you Andrew!

Monday, October 17, 2016

Congratulations on reaching the halfway mark of the semester!

I will be on the usual schedule for reading your journal entries.

Monday, October 10, 2016

We are just about midway through the semester, with the Module 5 materials being due this weekend.

I'll have Module 4 feedback done by the end of this week.

Be sure to let me know if you have restarted your journal after I have moved it to the inactive folder. for having missed two entries in a row.

And also be absolutely sure you are writing all of your late entries in blue. Failure to do this is telling me that they are on time, which is cheating and which will result in failing the course when detected at the end of the semester.  If you have neglected this requirement until now, go back and change your entries now. If you can not remember, click through your revision history under the file tab.

Monday, October 3, 2016

The grades for Module tests 1 and 2 have been curved. Original grades for both tests are now 2 points higher for those who took the test on time. This is not ordinary procedure. As the semester goes on and students start to understand what is necessary to succeed, test scores typically improve. Test scores were very much improved for Module 3- Good work!- which will not be subject to a curve.

Module 4 is due at the end of the week. It covers 4 chapters, so please plan your week accordingly.

I'll start giving feedback on Module 3 journal entries about midweek.

Friday, September 30, 2016

Module 3 due this weekend!

I am finishing giving feedback on journal entries for Module 2 this afternoon.

Please note that if you miss two entries in a row, your journal is placed in an inactive folder. If you restart you need to send me an email letting me know.


Monday, September 26, 2016

Module 3, due at the end of the week covers only two chapters, but the amount of work required to master it is about the same as the previous modules, so you should plan accordingly. This is also true of Module 4, which covers 4 chapters. 

I will be commenting on journals and grading late tests from previous modules about midweek.

Friday, September 23, 2016

Thursday, September 22, 2016

I have read and provided feedback on all of the Module 1 journal entries. For those of you who signed up for a journal, but failed to do the first entry, you must let me know if you begin again. Otherwise your journal will remain in an inactive folder and I will not see your answers.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Several of you seem to be unaware that the journal questions cover additional supplemental material, which is under the Supplements column on the schedule page. You will not be able to write good journal entries without engaging these.

Monday, September 19, 2016

I will be providing some feedback on Module 1 journal entries over the course of this week. (There are about 125 people in the class, so this will take some time.)

Judging from the activity on SacCT, many of you waited until the deadline to start in earnest, and for those people the results were predictably not that great. That doesn't have to be a disaster, since you will be able to retake one module test at the end of the semester. However, we are now on a weekly schedule, and you will want to start becoming a lot more disciplined about your approach to the course material.

Good luck on Module 2!

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Hi everyone, just a reminder that Module 1 test and journal entries are due Saturday and Sunday.

Now that everyone is getting started in earnest, some of you are asking me questions about the text, lecture or quiz and test questions. This is good, but all of these kinds of questions need to be posted to the Discussion Board link so that other students can see the answers as well.  If you ask me directly by email I will redirect you to the discussion board.

Monday, September 12, 2016

Hi everyone, all journals have now been shared and the link to the journal sign-up sheet has been removed. Contact me if you are having any trouble.

Please note that this weekend both the Module 1 test and journal entries are due.  Please see the schedule page for the exact times and dates of each.

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Sunday is your last day to sign up for a journal.  I will make the final distribution of journal pages on Monday.

Please remember that if you have not passed the syllabus test by Monday morning, you will be administratively dropped from the class for non attendance. However, do not count on this process to drop the class if that is what you intend to do.  Making sure that you have been dropped from the class is up to you.

Monday, September 5, 2016

Hi folks, those of you who have signed up for your Journal since Friday, you should have it by tomorrow afternoon.

If you have missed any posts since this one, be sure to scroll down and read them all.

Hope you enjoyed your Labor Day.

Thursday, September 1, 2016

As of now I have shared Google Doc Journals with everyone who has signed up for one, with the exception of some who gave me bad emails. I have notified these people at their Saclink email.

If you do not know how to use Google Drive, just watch one of the many tutorials on YouTube. If you do not see your document in your drive, click on Shared With Me in the sidebar. If you still do not see it, contact me. Be sure you are signed in with the gmail that you shared with me.

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Hi, please make sure you have read all the posts below and that you have signed up for your journal if you plan to do one. I will be sharing journals this weekend once I have stopped taking adds.

Please note that I have activated the Question board link on the main page. You are not ever required to use this, but if you have questions for me that are not of a personal nature and that some other students may be interested in, please post them there. I receive all questions posted there as emails immediately. If you email me directly and I think the question is an important one, I may reply by asking you to post it there.

Please remember that you must have passed the syllabus test by the end of next week or you will be administratively dropped for non-attendance. This is an irreversible outcome and a dire one, especially for those of you on financial aid, so please do not ignore this requirement. No amount of special pleading will get you back into the course.

Monday, August 29, 2016

Here is the course orientation video, which you can also now find on the top of the schedule page.
Hi everyone, and welcome to the first day of the semester. Please read the previous post and sign up for the journal if you are doing it. I will be sharing journal docs with you by the end of the week.

Write me with any questions and be sure to get started right away on the syllabus test, as those who don't pass it by the end of next week will be administratively dropped for non attendance.

Friday, August 26, 2016

Hi and welcome to Philosophy 125.  This What's Up page is where you should come on a regular basis to find out about any new developments.

Here are a couple of 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 from the Hornet bookstore. You absolutely do need the book to pass this class. This book is also available as an e-book from the library, but only a limited number of people may check it out at any given time.

2. This course is an entirely online course.  We never meet in person (unless you want to by coming to my office hours.)  All quizzing and testing is done through Blackboard.

3. I am extremely available and responsive to all questions and issues. On a normal weekday the longest it will take for me to respond is a couple of hours. Often it is just a couple of minutes.

4. There is a good deal of work associated with this course, and 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 the sort of person who puts things off until the last minute or who- for whatever reason- can not stay on a constant work schedule, then please do not take it.

5. The very first assignment for this course is a test over the course requirements. You must pass this test by the end of the second week or you will be dropped from the course for non attendance. You may take it multiple times, but if you have difficulty passing this test at the required level, this is a very strong indication that you are not academically prepared. This assignment is now available on Blackboard. Once you pass it, the material for the first module test will become available.

6. When you read the syllabus, you will see that one of the options is a journal. Strictly speaking, the journal is extra credit. However, it is a very good idea to do it, especially if you are planning to get an A in this course. This is the only time where you submit work outside the Blackboard environment. To do a journal, you will need a gmail account (viz., an email account with Google.) To sign-up for a journal, go to this link now.

That's all for now. Check back regularly for updates and email me with any questions.