Mind maps, comics, poems, songs, paintings .... the landscape of formats for articulating ideas is rich. Putting rigor and creativity together makes the learning experience more effective and engaging.
The “question pool” consists of a shared document (only available to the enrolled students via the course page) where students share their questions for the assigned readings. I encourage them to consult the question pool when they pick and topic and work on their final essay or other assignments. This resource has the expected result of facilitating further exploration and guiding inquiry; it also fosters collaboration amongst students.
sample handouts from students
comic for Philosophy of Mind
comic for Philosophy & Feminism.
handout for Philosophy of Language
Frantic questioning of everything is not what philosophy is about. That type of questioning does not facilitate understanding and creates a false sense of justified skepticism. Questions need to be organized into a coherent line of inquiry. The question journal is an effective way of seeing connections among questions, and between the course material and personal interests.
poem + painting for Philosophy & Feminism