PHICYBER: The Electronic Agora Course Description
Two central features will define this course: subscription to PHICYBER, for
electronic class discussion, which will be ongoing, and access to the course Virtual
Library, which will provide a gateway for Internet discovery, collaboration, and library
and class resources. Instructions for PHICYBER subscriptions will be made available when
the course is scheduled, as will be the Virtual Library access website.
Each participant will be expected to engage in weekly discussions, in response to a
problem or issue posed by me. Feel free to pose related topics in your discussion, and to
engage in open and honest debate with other participants. The Electronic Agora will thrive
only if all partake in lively dialogue. Please respect common considerations of polite,
yet critical, dialogue. I will try to refrain from refereeing, so think before you write.
After all, you are, in effect, what you write in cyberspace. More instructions will be
given in the first discussion-assignment.
[The following is outdated, and is included as an example from the last course offering.]
Get familiar with the Valdosta
Philosophy Website, and its offerings---especially the Resources section, which
contains texts and handouts for the course. Check out the Virtual Library holdings.
Also, for fun I've included Zeno's
Coffeehouse, which is visited by global visitors, and is open for your responses to
challenges posted. In fact, I plan to have a PHICYBER challenge online during the next
Let us all plan to have an enjoyable and stimulating time together in cyberspace!
Learning goals and outcomes are:
1. To demonstrate an ability to think reflectively and to communicate with
others in a congenial philosophical forum;
2. To demonstrate a familiarity with central problems in philosophy, and
to apply philosophical arguments to selected questions and issues;
3. To demonstrate clear writing and development of well-reasoned, personal
viewpoints and perspectives;
4. To demonstrate an understanding of, and an appreciation for, positions
and views other than your own personal ones.
5. To demonstrate an ability to work and collaborate with others in an
asynchronous learning environment.
Note for those taking PHICYBER for credit: Two criteria will be used for
assessing a grade in the class. One, ongoing participation in the PHICYBER list
discussion---respond to my topic, posed for discussion, and respond to at least two other
responses to the question. Two, a written project, or website construction devoted to a
concept of philosophical concern, will be due at the end of the term. We can work out
individually the details of this research project. Please contact me personally at email@example.com. I will also be available
occasionally in real time, as an audio and video chat feature will be available for class
members. Good luck, and may you prosper individually and collaboratively in cyberspace....
The Class assignment page is here.
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