Title

Thinking Outside the Room: Enhancing Philosophy Courses with Online Forums

Abstract

Generating group interaction is a necessary part of teaching philosophy, but there are many obstacles to creating it in a traditional classroom. We propose that philosophy courses can be improved by turningto hybrid models that integrate classroom discussion with online message boards, or forums. We argue that using forums helps instructors overcome time constraints in the classroom, helps some students overcome anxiety over contributing, improves discussion, reduces the need to review, and gives instructors a better view of how their students encounter philosophy. We also provide examples of how to use forums and forum assignments.

Department(s)

Art, Languages, and Philosophy

Keywords and Phrases

Classroom Instruction; Online Teaching; Philosophy Education

Document Type

Article - Journal

Document Version

Citation

File Type

text

Language(s)

English

Rights

© 2006 Philosophy Documentation Center / Bowling Green State University, All rights reserved.


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