Saturday, June 15, 2019

All Module 4 journal entries have been read and marked.

Have a productive weekend!

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

I'm going to be without power tomorrow Thursday 8/13 from about 8-5. I should still have cell, but if I'm not answering your questions right away this may be why.

Saturday, June 8, 2019

Good Saturday morning.

I'll be done grading Module 2 journal entries today sometime. Module 3 entries due tomorrow.

Have a productive weekend!

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Modules 1 and 2 test are due tonight!

Please make sure you read comments on your journals. People who continue to make the same mistakes suffer more for them as the semester wears on. I do not continue to remind you of these errors after I have pointed them out a few times. Make sure you have read all of the rules and advice for journal writing. Most of you are doing a really good job.

Monday, June 3, 2019

Module 2 test is due the day after tomorrow. This is a hard due date and no extensions will be granted.

Please note that you will still be able to take the test after 11:59PM on Wednesday, but if it is submitted late, your score will be eventually manually changed to a 0.

Even if you miss the deadline, you must take the Module 2 test to get to Module 3 materials.

I will grade Module 1 journal entries tomorrow.

Sunday, June 2, 2019



Your first mandatory due date is tonight (6/2) at midnight. Be sure you know the proper way of making a full or partial journal entry during the 24 hour late period.

I will be grading your first journal entries on Tuesday.

Friday, May 31, 2019

It is no longer possible to sign up for a journal on the journal sign-up sheet. If you still require a journal email me with your first and last name and your gmail address.

Thursday, May 30, 2019

A few notes today:

(1) On the video lectures. Those of you with very busy lives will be tempted to skip the YouTube lectures and go straight to the slides. This is not an advisable practice. Although I do not say much in the lectures that is not on the slides, the slides do not contain the external videos I sometimes insert into the lectures. The slides also contain bubbles and textboxes that occur in an order that you will not easily discern when looking at the slides only.

(2) Lots of the lectures begin with something silly. Some students find this enjoyable and others find it stupid and irritating. If you belong to the second group, just fast forward to the beginning of the material.

(3) Be sure to read the study advice. It is at a link on the top of the schedule page, but also here.

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Good morning and welcome to day 2.

By the end of today you should have

(1) read the syllabus;
(2) engaged the course orientation video;
(3) seriously asked yourself whether you are prepared to put in the time and effort necessary to succeed in this class;

Pending the answer to (3), you should also have

(4) requested a journal;
(5) gotten started on the introductory lectures and Chapter 1 material.

I will not continually remind you of due dates, but the advised due date for the Module 1 test is this Saturday. The first hard due date is for the Module 2 test, which you can not take until completing Module 1.

Note that all journal due dates are hard due dates, with the caveat that you may turn all or part of it in late for partial credit as long as you write it in blue. The due date for the Module 1 journal entry is this Sunday.

Feel free to write me with any questions. I will be available all day.

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Good morning and welcome to the class!

Please read the previous post thoroughly if you have not already.

Engage the orientation video in Canvas and read the syllabus carefully. After doing so, you should be ready to take the Syllabus quiz, which is available to you on Canvas now.

Sign up for your Google Doc Journal per the instructions provided here.

And let me know if you have any questions. All questions are fine, though if they are answered in a place that you are expected to be familiar with, I will sometimes direct you there.




Sunday, May 26, 2019

Hi and welcome to Philosophy 125 Summer 2019.  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. This is a 6 week course that covers literally all the material that is covered during a regular semester. It goes fast and you have to be able to work constantly. If you have a week-long vacation planned during this time, things are going to go badly.

2. 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.

3. Also, this book is available as an etext from the University Library. Just go to the library website and type in the title. You can read it online, download it for specific periods of time and download a certain number of chapters unconditionally. Again, be sure you are looking at the 2nd edition.

4. This is an entirely online course.  We never meet in person.  All quizzing and testing is done in Canvas.

5. 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 absolute deadlines are associated with journal entries. This is explained in the syllabus, which is now available.)

6. 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 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.

7. 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.

8. 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. This course will be fully activated by Monday evening. A short course orientation video will be available in Canvas.