Today is the first day of the Summer Session for John Wood Community College where I am teaching Major World Religions (PHL 201) online. The Ecourse phenomenon is really pretty cool. There are about 25 people in the class, including one Iraq War vet. It really is interesting getting to know the different people in the class. The key to this, I am finding, is to make the students feel like there is a real person behind the title “Instructor” who actually cares who they are. Of course, content is very important, if not the most important. But in order to get people to want to access the content of the course, you have to really engage them. I’m learning new things every day. One of the great things about this course the way it has been set up is that the author of the course is that it really challenges the commonly held belief that religions began as polytheistic and then gradually became monotheistic. It shows with some very conclusive evidence that the most ancient religions were actually monotheistic, and then became polytheistic. Attributes of the “god” took on a divine status of their own. It’s a lot of fun. It’s going to be a quick ride though. Eight weeks, with two units crammed into each week. Yikes! The good thing is, it seems like only the serious students take the summer session. The discussion should be great.
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