Thinking outside the room: Enhancing philosophy courses with online forums
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 turning to hybrid models that integrate classroom discussion with online message boards, or forums. Using anecdotes and a comprehensive survey, 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. © Teaching Philosophy, 2006.
Panza, Christopher, Adam Potthast, and Christie Cathey. "Thinking outside the room: Enhancing philosophy courses with online forums." Teaching philosophy 29, no. 4 (2006): 279-297.