Interesting Online Assignments To Engage Online Students

How To Engage Online Students With Online Assignments

I teach philosophy courses online and while these courses don't seem ripe for innovative assignments I think I've developed some interesting online assignments in the various courses I teach that get online students away from the computer, gets them thinking, and encourages them to apply what they've learned in interesting ways to everyday life.

So, here are some of my more interesting online assignments by class:

Introduction To Philosophy

"Take a Picture"

We discuss a lot of ideas related to perception and reality.  This online assignment asks online students to take a picture of a scene outside their window and then describe the scene with reference to various philosophical theories such as the rationalism of Rene Descartes and the empiricism of Locke, Berkeley, and Hume.

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