REVIEWS OF ONLINE COURSE
course helped me to articulate many questions, and frustrations, that were
rattling around in my head. For
years, I had been dissatisfied with the religious teachings I had been
raised with. I did not have the
tools, or the guts, to reach into the matter and face what was wrong.
Mod 3 woke me up. It
rattled my cage and shook my world. Now
I at least have a starting point to figure out what my beliefs are.
There were some things that were discussed that I had NEVER
questioned or thought about before. It
was fun to try to get my 'mind' (read brain) around some of these radical
thoughts and theories. At
times, I will admit, it was touch and go.
These are life's mysteries. We
need to stop and question things. We
race through life without wondering about the truly important issues.
This course enabled me to look at things differently.
We must accept the fact that there could be different and sometimes
shocking answers to many basic questions.
issues that we covered are powerful and deserve to "rock our
world". Many of your
questions hit the mark. They
got me to delve into areas that I did not know existed.
Some issues I never thought to question before.
This isn't for the faint of heart, but it is worth it.
course was really interesting overall.
We had plenty of reading, plenty of links to grab our information
from, and plenty of time to do it all.
I thought this course was really interesting.
I certainly learned a lot of things I never knew before.
I have altered my perspective because of this.
I found some answers but I found that there were even more questions
to be sought after. Ignorance
is bliss and with found knowledge comes responsibility.
I gather I better get to it.
Thanks for an enlightening experience!
found it interesting to know how people think and belief compared to my
thinking today. I think it also helped to understand how they felt and
believed I did learn a lot about philosophy and others thoughts.
I enjoyed the class very much and I am glad I was able to learn
this course on the Internet was definitely a trip. At first I thought I was done for, then everything came
together. Participation is the
key and trying to understand my fellow students views helped me in more ways
then you can imagine. I always
thought I was open minded and willing to listen, but now I am even more so.
You should super stress to the future students to print out the
course outline of every mod and look at it everyday and they should be fine.
of the most important things that I learned in this class was how little I
know. I have always been one to
question things, but I never realized how much that I thought I knew may not
be true. Every theory that I
thought was reasonable had faults with it.
really enjoyed this course. I think that a better distribution of time
should be allocated to the six "meaty" modules. What I mean is
about two weeks each for each module. When the modules were shorter at the
end, the intensity level was greater. The first week you should do what you
did on April 12th, and convey your ground rules in a stern matter. People
want to know what is expected from them. Also, in describing the course, you
should explain that it is not for the weak willed and that it might be the
most meaningful subject that one will ever take. You will eliminate the
lazy, and pickup people who want to be challenged. Maybe, during each
module, a live chat for a period of an hour could be arranged. Online
courses are the future of education. I think you did a great job!
agree. If you fall behind in
your reading, it is extremely difficult to catch up. Some of the theories/concepts were hard to digest.
There were times when I had to read portions of the text 4/5 times.
Stress repeatedly the importance of staying afloat.
Your notes were very appreciated!!!!
I had a better understanding of the material through them.
The material in this course is unlike anything that I have
encountered in my life. I
enjoyed it tremendously. Thank
don't think many people really know what to be ready for when they take this
class, so I think the low survivor rate is inevitable.
course was excellent in the fact that more people will participate on live
vs. regular classroom, because no one will be able to criticize them
directly. The only thing I would change is that if somethingís due on the
20th, for example, then students should be able to post on that day instead
of it being closed. That was a little unclear in the beginning. The book
itself was a little challenging for me to understand, but with the help of
the online lectures it cleared up any ideas I did not quite understand. The
course was definitely worth all the struggling for me to grasp some of the
concepts because even though I did not agree with all of them, it did get me
to see anotherís point of view and understand their beliefs.
agree that this class was interesting and I think we all learned a lot.
I now know how to face people and their views and keep a conversation
going about things I never would have before.
I learned a lot more from the lectures than I would have ever gotten
from the textbook. I think that
the whole thing was set up great, with the exception of the overlapping
modules, unlike some of my other online classes.
It took me a while to get used to the whole thing, but I think it was
definitely worth it in the end.
took this course to learn more about philosophy and how it was done. Both of
these things were achieved, but I was still left feeling a little empty. I
felt this way because I am a people person who can respond to things, and
communicate ideas more openly face to face rather than through a computer.
This however has nothing to do with the aspects of the course and is a
person preference that i should have realized earlier. Overall this course
was exactly as I expected it would be and exactly as you described it in the
course outline. I think something that might enhance the course could be
creating a chat-room that students would have to participate in live
non-directive discussions on certain topics. All students could meet in the
chart room at a specific time each week. This could be done in conjunction
with less discussion questions. Other wise i thoroughly enjoyed the course
and would recommend it to anyone short on time during the day. Thank you for
an enjoyable semester.
This course was exactly what I had expected it
taught me to tear things apart as to why things happen the way they do I am
doing this process right now with my dads death whereas 2 yrs ago I did not
with my Grandmothers death... I have questioned the doctors and the nurses
and my uncle as to was everything done the way it needed to be done or was
there some thing more that could have been done etc....... these are the
types of things I have learned and I did not realize it until this past
Friday. There is a saying that
says everything happens for a reason. I
used to believe that 100% now I question things more.. I don't just take
things at face value. If
everyone just let this world happen we would all be dead.....have a great
think this class went very smoothly. I
think that it was enjoyable to think about issues such as religion, life,
what goes on in our time and what issues have gone on in the past.
This part of the class was the best learning tool for me.
I enjoyed reading everyoneís thoughts and then looking back at mine
and seeing how different people look at the same issues.
It was nice to see how others thought about the same
the course is great. The only thing I think would make it better is to
really stress the importance of staying on schedule in the introduction, it
requires lots of discipline. Was the labor worth it? For me yes, given my
position in life, looking back at where I've been and looking forward to
where I would like to go, the issues covered have given me some direction.
When I read the course description in the course catalogue, I thought, oh
that would be perfect. I got what I was looking for in regards to the
existence of God, truth and their respective importance in guiding me. The
course was a challenge, far more than I bargained for given my experience
with previous college level classes. I am truly humbled, but also empowered
and I will value this experience, not just for the college credit that we
all (hopefully) earned, but for the fresh perspective it has given me in
matters that are most important as I decide what the heck to do with my life
anyway. Whatever that may be, I will keep in mind ethics and morals, and
probably the most universally important topic we covered here. Well, as
Vincent so appropriately said, "WE SURVIVED".
think this course is very good already there is not much to change.
The workload was more than I expected but not difficult.
I am not used to thinking of how and why something is good.
Most courses are textbook question and answer. The discussion questions in this course were the best aspect
of the online class. In
classroom settings most students don't talk and participate and most don't
read the subject matter before class. This
class made everyone get involved and it helped, if I was stuck on something
I could read a discussion answer from another student and get help. Seeing others views help see the whole picture sometimes.
The combination of online lectures and the textbook really helped me
out. I usually start out the
module by reading, the philosopherís essays are sometimes a tongue twister
and the lecture helped put it into laymenís terms.
and run"- that is a great description. Unfortunately, I feel that the
choice to participate in an online course is because of the realization that
your schedule does not allow for a consistent block of time. Instead, when
we hit -we hit hard. The fact that I could log on after everyone in my house
was asleep- enabled my thoughts to be uncensored and completely focused on
the topic. I found that people who were constantly present in the course-
especially in the beginning- seemed distracted and trivial, and often
corrected themselves afterwards. I would suggest trying to embrace the depth
and quality of their hits and runs.
I confess that I spent a lot more time here that
it appeared. Reading the replies, lectures and trying to come up with a good
reply of my own took lots of time, more than it appears. I could spend 2
hours absorbing everything and post a reply that looks like a hit and run.
If you asked or commented on something I contributed, it encouraged me to
log on to see what happened next. Questions from you the instructor were
motivating, and I hoped for more from the class but oh well.
are so right about the participation involved with the online format. I
found that I was able to consider ( not just learn) views that I would have
otherwise dismissed in a classroom setting. For example, Nietzsche- to
inquire about him in a classroom would imply that you are a Nazi or insane.
I felt like a snake shedding my skin each time I forced myself to examine my
postmodernist beliefs. It is liberating to unload those embedded weights.
What I would have liked to have discussed was a clearer link between the
theories discussed and their effect and part in our world today. Certain
ideas really appealed to me and I plan on further exploring them. But, I was
unclear as to how these theories are applied in a practical everyday sense.
taking this course I was really unsure what it was going to be all about and
that interested me a lot. As far as what should be changed to make this
course better I think nothing. I feel this course is a great way to interact
and see who others feel about subjects such as the mind, god, the govt. and
so on. What could be better then a class where your opinion counts and where
no one is left out. Though I haven't met anyone in this class I feel I have
gotten to know everyone and how they think about everyday life and that's
just great at least that's what I think. Well it was great growing smarter
with everyone and I hope everyone enjoys his or her summer.
To those of you who said this was an easy class, I
want to study with you next time. Out
of the five classes I took this semester, I found this the most difficult
and the hardest to find myself completing. But we finally did it!
This was my first on-line class and because of that I didn't really
know what to expect from it. Obviously not as much work as there was, I guess.
This was a good course, I can't think of anything to improve upon.
It's a shame that so many dropped out because I'm sure it would have
improved upon our discussions with each other a little more.
All in all, this class taught me a lot and helped me to look at new
situations in a different way.
found this class to be extremely interesting.
The mandatory class participation discussions were extremely helpful.
In other online classes, although class participation is considered
to be part of the final class grade, it doesn't seem as though this area of
these courses are as heavily stressed.
I found the structure of this class kept everyone participating. Your
format was very helpful, as it can be difficult for many to initiate a
discussion, even though grades could be affected negatively if there is lack
of participation. The
questions that started off the discussions caused me to review the reading
for the module a second time (which gave my mind the chance to process the
material), and therefore I was able to attain a better understanding of the
readings, and had the opportunity to develop and express personal views. It
is unfortunate that there were people who did not continue with the class,
however, I do not find that it was the structure of the course that should
be to blame. This course was
mentally stimulating and very challenging. The course content dealt with
areas that may have been too difficult for one who is set in their ways, and
beliefs, to realize that certain thoughts firmly "planted" in
their minds now were being challenged, and in some instances disproved. It
also could be frustrating for one who has set out for answers to complex
questions, to only have those questions evolve into more perplexing
questions. This however would show that the course is effective because
" thinking" was occurring! I
think that the course was a wonderful example for future classes to follow.
I would not suggest any changes to be made to improve the course.
Thank you for the enlightening learning experience!
first off say that I didnít even need this class to graduate. I just
thought that it would be interesting. I really had no idea what to expect
from this online class. I like the way that it was set up. I think that all
of your discussion notes were very good. The one thing that I think would
have helped me a lot more with the papers were if we able to make
corrections. Also the text I feel could have been a little better. Well I
have enjoyed my say. Thank you for broadening my mind to the very unique
world of philosophy!!