Hello, fellow summer adventure seekers!
My name is Kathy (officially at school, Kathryn). I’m an adjunct instructor in philosophy at Pima Community College in Tucson, AZ, though I currently reside in Phoenix. Here, summer adventures in the comfort of AC/climate-controlled living space are appealing! Teaching online is a job that found me, some years after my retirement from a career in software development. As I tell my students, computer technology is a colossal application philosophical logic.
I maintain (and created) our OER Intro to Philosophy course. I use summer to enhance this course (and the Intro to Logic course), and this summer’s focus project is to add further “applied” activities to the Intro to Philosophy course. Rather than merely pass tests about old dead guys, I want to offer students more opportunities to apply philosophical ideas to situations in everyday life (e.g., personal, political.) I’ve started down this road, but there is so much more to do. I believe the course could be more interesting for the students (and the instructor!) and also, it’s possible that such projects could level the playing field a bit in classes with students working at a diverse array of skill and academic-experience levels.
When this “adventure opportunity” showed up in my email, it seemed like a great companion activity for my current summer plans. I look forward to making virtual acquaintance with each of you and discovering new things. Will share a photo of my wonder dog in the near future.