Saturday, July 8, 2017

Welcome to finish up weekend! Please note the deadlines on the schedule page and let me know today if there is a module test you intend to retake so I can set the permissions.


Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Happy 4th!

A couple of important updates:

1. You are eligible to retake one test. If you wish to exercise this right, please send me an email telling me which test you would like to retake by Saturday July 8th.

2. The course schedule allows you to make journal entries until midnight July 11th.  However, I have been notified that grades are due by 11:59 pm on July 11th, so I am have changed the due date to 9PM on the schedule. Please notify me right away if this is a major inconvenience for you.

I will finish reading Module 8 journal entries by tomorrow morning.


Sunday, July 2, 2017

Module 8 journal entries due tonight.

Tomorrow begins the last week of the course!

Have a great 4th.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

A little late getting Module 7 journal entries read, but I should be done by this afternoon.

Monday, June 26, 2017

Good morning everyone. We have just entered the 5th week of the term.

Module 7 journal entries are due tonight.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Module 6 journals due tonight!

Very impressed that well over half the class is on track or ahead of schedule.




Monday, June 19, 2017

Welcome to the beginning of the second half of the semester!

Module 5 journal entries are due tonight.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

I pushed the journal due date for Module 5 to 6/19 in consideration of those who may be busy celebrating Father's Day.

I hope you are all able to find a reasonably cool place to study during the coming week.


Thursday, June 15, 2017

Once again, if you have missed two journal entries in a row, your journal has been placed in an inactive folder. If you start it again, you must email me and let me know.

And a hugely important reminder:

Please remember that your journals will be run through Turnitin.com at the end of the term. This utility will detect if you are copying and pasting entries from Wikipedia, including those that are slightly modified or any other internet source, and it will also detect if you are copying from the journals of others, either from this term or previous terms.  You will not simply fail the journal if this occurs, you will fail the class. You are also referred to student affairs for disciplinary actions, which becomes a permanent part of your record.  Please do not undermine your efforts in this way. If you have already done so, please go back and delete these entries from your journal immediately.

I will finish reading Module 4 entries by tomorrow morning.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Module 4 journal entries due tonight!

Yesterday one of you pointed out that the chapter 11 video was muted. It should be ok now,  but it may get muted again, so let me know if that occurs.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Good morning and welcome to week 3. Ideally you should now be working on Module 4 with Module 3 journal entries completed last night. I will give you somefeedback on these by tomorrow morning at the latest.

Remember that if you miss two journal entries in a row your journal will be placed in an inactive folder and you'll need to send me an email if you start up again.


Saturday, June 10, 2017

Good morning. I'm sorry for the slight delay (for some of you) on reading your Module 2 journal entries. I will be finishing those today.

Module 3 journal entries are due tomorrow night.

Have a good weekend. I'll be around, so feel free to post questions.


Thursday, June 8, 2017

Good morning! Two reminders:

1. Module 2 journal entries are due tonight.

2. I do not approve drops after the second week. If you feel that you need to drop the class, you must request my permission to do so by email, Sunday at midnight.


Monday, June 5, 2017

Welcome to week 2. As a quick reality check, by the end of this week, the term will be 1/3 over.

I will give you  feedback on your first journal entries by this evening.

You should now be well into Module 2 and planning to take the Module 2 test by Wednesday.  The Module 3 journal entry is due on Thursday.


Sunday, June 4, 2017

1st journal entry due tonight at midnight.  Anything entered after midnight must be done in blue. 

Friday, June 2, 2017

The journal sign-up page has been removed, however you may still receive a journal by sending me an email from your gmail account or the account you have registered with Google.  In the subject heading write "Journal sign-up 125." In the body of the email write: "Hello my name is _____.  I am a student in Philosophy 125 and I would like to receive a journal."  ( Write your first and last name in the blank.)

Please remember that while you can pass the class without doing the journal, it is not a wise decision to forego it. If you reconsider later in the term, you may still receive a journal, but you will not get credit for any entries the due dates of which have passed.

The syllabus and the orientation video are now at the top of the course schedule.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Good morning. Just a note that to be on schedule today you should be working on the Chapter 2 material and planning on passing the chapter 2 quiz today.

Also, I have changed the due date for the Module 1 journal entry from 6/3 to 6/4.

As the term goes on I will not constantly remind you of upcoming due dates, so please pay careful attention to them, especially the journal due dates which are not flexible.

Tomorrow I will be re-organizing the links on our main page in the order of their significance to you.


Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Hi and welcome to Day 1.  Today your main goals should be to

  1. watch the course orientation video,
  2. study the syllabus carefully and pass the syllabus test,
  3. sign up for your Google Doc Journal
  4. post any non personal questions to the AskRandy question board,
  5. get started on Module 1.
Please make sure you have read the previous posts below. If you have never taken a summer class, prepare yourself for the speed with which this goes by.  Every week is like three weeks of a regular session.  

Randy Mayes

Friday, May 26, 2017

Hi! Please watch the 25 minute course-orientation video to get started in this class.  You should read the post below this one after watching the video.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Hi and welcome to Philosophy 125 Summer Session 2017.  This What's Up page is where you should come on a regular basis to find out about any new developments.

I am currently setting this course up, but 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.

2. This course is an entirely online course.  We never meet in person.  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. This course is almost entirely self-paced. There will be a recommended schedule, but there are no absolute deadlines for quizzes or tests prior to the end of the term. (The only absolute deadlines are associated with journal entries. This is explained in the syllabus.) All quizzes and tests will be available at least a week prior to the recommended completion dates.

5. 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.

6. 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. Extremely important:  You may not drop this course for any reason after June 14th.