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.