Materials for Class Projects

Philosophy is not a doctrine but an activity

Feel free to use the following materials for class projects. They have been developed for problem-based learning (PBL) that focuses on ill-structured ("wicked") problems in the field of technology assessment. Please note that in PBL students are supposed to acquire on their own the knowledge they need to approach these problems. You are not supposed to teach any of this. Students should learn to learn. It is important that students add all the sources they use as references to the argument maps (by clicking on the white triangle at the bottom of text boxes).

Please find more information about our teaching approach, including more detailed curricula, under Publications.

Under Deliverables, you will find a sequence of homework assignments that can be used -- with smaller modifications -- for all the projects.

It may be a good idea that you start projects that use the AGORA software with working on the Training Exercises. These are designed to familiarize students with the software, and to see how the various argument schemes in AGORA work.

Feel free to use these materials, but please follow the license instructions that you can find at the bottom of each of the following pages.

These materials have been developed as part of the project "Promoting Educational and Academic Collaboration between the United States and the Russian Federation by Developing the Web-based Learning Tool AGORA, Developing Engineering Ethics Education and Distance Engineering Laboratories, Sharing Educational Achievements, and by Establishing a Student and Faculty Mobility Program." The project is supported by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education (FIPSE Grant P116S100006, 2010-2014) and by the Georgia Institute of Technology.