How to create your Google doc journal

Creating your philosophy journal Google Doc

If you have a gmail account, then you already have access to Google Docs.  Just log in to your gmail account and click on the Documents link at the top of the page. 

If you do not have a gmail account,  get one by going here.

Once you have established a Google account you are ready to create the document that will be your philosophy journal.


This link  (not yet active, come back later please)  goes to a video showing you how make your Google Doc. Watch the video very carefully and just copy everything I do exactly as I do it.

Done? Excellent. You have now created a philosophy journal document which I can view and edit at any time.  As noted above, you will not need to perform the above process again. Your entire journal will be on this one document. This document exists online, like a Facebook page, not in your computer. Absolutely do NOT download this document, make journal entries, then upload it again.  This will delete the revision history, which I require for grading purposes.

How to format your philosophy journal

Some of this I covered in the video, but it bears repeating.

   1.   For every class period in What's Up, I will give you a list of study questions most of which will be designed to help you think about lecture and online material.  2 or three of these questions will be designated as journal question.

    2.    Begin your journal entry with the date indicated, and copy and paste the questions into the top of your journal page, including the date.  (This means that every new entry will be at the top of the page, not the bottom.)

    3.  Type every answer directly below the corresponding question.  

How I grade your journal

    1.      Although I will occasionally drop in and make comments on your entries, you will not receive a grade for your journal until the end of the semester.

    2.     Your aim should always be to finish the journal entries prior to the class meeting for which they are due.  Any answers you  add  after class must be done in a dark blue font.

    3.      In  order to receive maximum credit you need to make consistent entries by the intended date.  You can not get credit for simply writing a bunch of journal entries all at once. (When you do this, it is visible in the revision history, so don't do it.)

    4.     Your journal will not be graded so much for the correctness of the answers, but for how carefully done it is.  This means that you need to compose your answers carefully, in complete sentences, using college level English, and a minimum of grammatical and spelling errors.  Journals that are kept up consistently, but are carelessly done will not receive much credit. 

Some very, very important warnings:

It is very important that you do your own work!   It is perfectly acceptable to discuss the questions among yourselves, but do not share your entries with anyone and do not copy other people's entries.  This is highly detectable in the Google Docs environment, and it will result in failing the entire class.  

Do not share your journal with anyone but me, because you are just as liable for people copying your work as you are for copying theirs. (Do not share your Google password with anyone.)  

Also, you are not doing your own work if you simply copy answers from the textbook or transcribe verbatim what you hear in videos and interviews.  Answer the questions using your own words.  Journals that are plagiarized in this way will receive no credit.