Welcome to TeachPhilosophy101 (TΦ101)
This site presents strategies and resources for faculty members and graduate assistants who teach philosophy courses, especially at the introductory level; it also includes material of interest to college faculty generally. The mission of TΦ101 is to provide free, user-friendly resources to the academic community. All of the materials are provided on an open source license. You may also print as many copies as you wish.
"One of the most comprehensive, well-researched, and accessible guides for teachers that I have ever seen." James Lang, Chronicle of Higher Education (read Lang's review of TΦ101)
Now that I am retiring from Villanova University and pursuing other interests, I am pleased to announce that the Philosophy Documentation Center (www.pdcnet.org) is assuming responsibility for the continuing operation of TeachPhilosophy101. PDC publishes the journals Teaching Philosophy and Teaching Ethics, and produces other teaching-related publications in cooperation with the American Association of Philosophy Teachers and the Philosophy Learning and Teaching Organization - it's a perfect match. PDC will cover the site's costs going forward as a service to the profession and maintain it as an open access resource.
PDC is now working to arrange continuing editorial oversight of TΦ101 and currently expects to have a new editorial team in place this summer. I will be supporting the transition. Please keep an eye on the site for more information about this transition.
John Immerwahr, Founder of TΦ101
Overview of the site:
- The random highlights page gives a flavor for some of the topics on TΦ101.
- The crash course gives you the eight most essential pages, in the order that you might need them.
- Suggested use. Recommended uses for graduate assistants, new faculty, experienced faculty, and for those who are organizing teacher training programs.
- Challenges and obstacles. Many of us who teach philosophy were among those rare students who loved the discipline from the start. Most of our students, however, have different motivations and interests. This section discusses some of the challenges that make teaching both difficult and exciting.
- Preparing your course. Tips on specific issues such as developing a syllabus, choosing materials, understanding copyright law, and preventing problems such as plagiarism.
- Lectures, discussion, group work. Strategies for enhancing class discussions, giving effective lectures, using group discussion techniques, and helping students engage with reading assignments.
- Tests, papers, assignments. Samples and resources for creating tests, various approaches to assigning and giving feedback on papers, and strategies for creating reading assignments.
- Change-of-pace exercises. Interesting, one-of-a-kind exercises that provide variety to your classes.
- Non-traditional resources. Many philosophy professors have had great success with material outside of the standard canon and with films, technology, humor and other non-standard sources.
- Resources. Books, journals, associations, blogs and websites that can enrich your teaching.
- "What's New on TΦ101?" allows you to check what has been added recently or you may subscribe to our blog for updates.
Note: teachphilosophy101.org was originally created with the generous support of Villanova University, as part of its continuing support of quality teaching.
Update: April 14, 2015