In teaching I emphasize what Weimer (2013) calls “student-centred learning” approaches, including

  • Active learning techniques, such as using in-class response systems (like “clickers”) during large lectures, as well as engaging students in small group activities during classes
  • Collaborative learning techniques, such as asking students to collectively come up with and vote on ground rules for class meetings, and involving students in peer learning such as through giving feedback on others’ work and answering quiz or exam questions together
  • Providing student choice where feasible, such as a choice between different kinds of assignments in a course
  • Encouraging the development of self-directed learning through engaging students in metacognition through reflection and self-assessment
  • Asking students to contribute to public knowledge through producing work that is of value beyond the class–see, e.g., my article on “renewable assignments” on the UBC Flexible Learning blog.

Please see my Teaching and Learning portfolio for more detail on these and other student-centred approaches I use in my courses.

Teaching Blog

I have a blog on teaching and learning in philosophy, called You’re the Teacher.


Course web sites

Starting in 2013 I began to use public Word Press sites for my courses. Here are links to the ones that currently exist:

PHIL 102: Introduction to Philosophy

PHIL 230: Moral Theory

PHIL 449: Continental Philosophy

Arts One: Hendricks seminar


History of courses Taught

2004-present (UBC)

ARTS 001:  Arts One – a first year multidisciplinary, team-taught course
PHIL 102:  Introduction to Philosophy (Value Theory)
PHIL 230: Introduction to Moral Theory
PHIL 330: Social and Political Philosophy
PHIL 334: Sex, Gender and Philosophy
PHIL 335: Power and Oppression
PHIL 449:  Continental Philosophy (Nietzsche and Foucault on Genealogy)
WMST 100: Introduction to Women’s Studies

2000-2004 (University of Wisconsin-Rock County, Janesville, WI, USA)

Introduction to Philosophy
Ethics (Theoretical and Applied)
Logic (introductory-level informal and symbolic)
Social and Political Philosophy
Philosophy of the Arts (interdisciplinary course)
Human Nature, Religion and Society
First-Year Seminar

1999-2000 (St. Edward’s University, Austin, TX, USA)

Ethical Analysis (Ethical Theory)
Business Ethics

1997-2000 (University of Texas at Austin)

Introduction to Philosophy
Contemporary Moral Problems
Business Ethics
Introduction to the Philosophy of the Arts



Work cited
Weimer, M. (2013). Learner-centered teaching: Five key changes to practice (2nd ed). San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.