NB: The Comtella Discussion Forums are
on hiatus for the summer.
in class, the old Ethics and Technology Forum has been replaced (or,
if you like, superceded) this term by the Comtella Discussion Forum.
I strongly encourage students in PHIL 236 to make use of it:
is one of the main research tools of an on-going experiment conducted
by PHIL 236 alumnus and M.Sc student in Computer Science, Andrew
Webster, under the direction of Professor Julita
Vassileva. According to Webster, "Comtella is an experiment
in sustaining participation and quality levels in online forums (many-to-many
communication)." I suspect that some students in PHIL 236 might
find the experiment interesting in its own right. If so, I encourage
you to ask questions about the experiment and to do your bit toward
making it work by participating actively in the discussions.
All students should be aware that this is an experiment, however.
Information about data privacy of research subjects and other concerns
is included on the registration page. If you have any questions concerning
the experiment, I encourage you to contact the developers.