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.

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