Session 1

Teaching Logic Online: Pedagogy and Research
Presented by Tracy Lupher, Thomas Adajian, and Christopher Runyon

At James Madison University, we have just established an undergraduate interdisciplinary Logic and Reasoning Institute, with founding members in philosophy, and representation from math, computer science, and science departments. Our goals: promote undergraduate research in logic, increase pedagogical interaction between logic-teaching disciplines; promote logic literacy across the university; revamp the logic curriculum to reflect the fact that non-classical logic, and hence philosophy of logic, is now trickling down to the level of undergraduate teaching (cf. textbooks by Beall, Restall, Priest.) We have three ongoing projects: (1) developing online logic courses and other online teaching tools; (2) developing new assessments of logic literacy; (3) incorporating a more philosophically responsible approach to logic pedagogy (i.e., one that explicitly recognizes the limitations of so-called “classical logic”) into the undergraduate logic curriculum. We have created an online Introduction to Symbolic Logic course that has now gone through three iterations; after each iteration new materials using online technology were developed to supplement the existing coursework in order to increase student comprehension of the material.

Dr. Tracy Lupher is a Professor of Philosophy at James Madison University. His work focuses on the philosophy of physics along with related issues in the philosophy of science and metaphysics. He is also interested in logic, the philosophy of language, and analytical philosophy. He received his B.A. of Philosophy, B.S. of Physics and Mathematics, M.A. of Philosophy and Ph.D. of Philosophy at the University of Texas at Austin. He also receieved his M.A. in History and Philosophy of  Science at the University of Pittsburgh. In addition, he has published articles on the philosophy and history of quantum field theory and causation in several journals including Synthese and was the winner of the Clifton Memorial Prize for 2008.

Dr. Thomas Adajian is a Professor of  Philosophy at James Madison University. He received his the University of Wisconsin and his Ph.D. at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.


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