Medical Ethics PHIL 148 @ Binghamton University, Sum 11

2Jun/110

Practice Day Part 2 (Due: 6/2, Midnight EST)

Note: If you have just registered for the class, please go back and do the activities from the last two days: here and here.  Otherwise, read on.

Yesterday, we did two kinds of assignments: the Initial Comments on the readings and an introduction post from each student (and me).  Today, we will comment on each of these assignments.

Response Comments

Each week there are two parts to the Marginalia assignment: the Initial Comments and responses to these comments.  Yesterday, each of you did an Initial Comment on one reading (although normally you would be required to comment on three readings).  Today, each of you should respond to at least two other student's Initial Comments, just like you will during the next four weeks.  As the Learning Packet says, "Build on, critique, correct, debate or something else entirely."  In other words, discuss the meaning and importance of the texts.

Introductions Cont'd

Find out more about your classmates by commenting on their introductory posts.

You can comment on posts on the main site in three ways: by clicking on the number under the date, by clicking comment count at in the footer of the post (x Comments or No Comments), or by going to the full text of the post (by clicking the title or "Continue Reading") and scrolling down to the bottom of the post.  In all cases, you will be taken to the bottom of the post.

Click in the text box and write your comment.  If you write multiple paragraphs (as you might on actual discussion oriented days) make sure that you put a line (hit enter twice) between each paragraph.  [Posts automatically format your writing this way, but comments do not.  Putting the space between the paragraphs makes them easier to read.]  When you are done, hit the gray "Submit" button below the text box.  Your comment will appear.

You are required to comment on two posts (but you can, of course, comment on more): the post by the people above and below your name on the "People" page.  If you are at the bottom of the list, the person below you is the top name of the list.  If you are at the top of the list, the person above you is the person at the bottom of the list.   Clicking on the person's name on the People Page will give you a list of their Posts and Comments.  This way you can find the post you need to respond to easily.

Your comment should include one question for the poster.  You can also comment in general on what they wrote.  Again, keep in mind that this is a public forum.

Then, respond to those who comment on your post.  If they respond late, that's okay, respond tomorrow.

And, yes, I will be open to questions, as well.  So, if I am the person above or below you on the list, ask away.  I'll be doing the same.

Coming Soon

Tomorrow we have our first quiz, a practice debate, a lecture, and more readings.  Then we take a breather before the next week begins.

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