Philosophies ASSESSMENT (otherwise known as Teaching-Learning Activities):

  1. Participants will be required to construct an image and text response as a BLOG post in response to 6 Conceptual Clusters, 1 per ‘seminar’ (you will note in the SCHEDULE that there are 6 seminars across the Philosophies course, each with its own theme). You are encouraged to create images that are diagrammatic or instructional. You are encouraged to approach this from the point of view of your specific research projects. These ‘posts’ will be uploaded to the Philosophies Blog under CONCEPTUAL CLUSTERS prior to the relevant seminar. They will be used to stimulate seminar discussions and undertake close readings of the selected essays. Although you are encouraged to read across the conceptual clusters, you may also choose to focus on one specific essay in your chosen conceptual cluster. You are also invited to invent your own conceptual cluster, if this proves to be more relevant to your research. Approximately 500 words per post. SEE BELOW FOR GENERAL INSTRUCTIONS ON HOW TO UPLOAD A BLOG POST!!!
  2. Participants will be invited to incrementally contribute to the compilation of a CONCEPTUAL TOOLBOX in response to the essays discussed in Philosophies and also in response to the guest lectures and general discussions. The Conceptual Toolbox will generate a ‘glossary’ of key concepts that can be shared by all participants, as well as future participants in the course. Some of this conceptual labour will be undertaken in small groups during the seminars in workshop sessions.
  3. CONCLUSION TASK: Participants will be asked to create a CONCEPTUAL COLOURING-IN BOOK. You are encouraged to frame your image and text responses from Assessment 1 according to a theme that is relevant to your research. Add to your colouring-in book: 1. a title, 2. a contents page, 3. an introduction, 4. and responses to a minimum of 6 Conceptual Clusters, 5. Conclusion (where you are invited to reflect on what you have achieved, and what discoveries you have made in Philosophies). This will be uploaded onto the self-publishing site ISSUU ( and linked to the Philosophies Blog. You will have 15 minutes to present your Conceptual Colouring-In Book at the Conclusion Module, and you will be assigned a respondent from one of our visiting lecturers, who will have a discussion with you after your presentation, and you will also be assigned a reviewer from among your peers. As a point of reference see Masters level colouring-in book examples: You will see here that a ‘colouring-in book can be widely interpreted, but I do encourage you to devise means to invite your reader into your work, to encourage them to interact with it. Also take care to make sure there is a strong correspondence between images and text, and even discuss your approach to this in the introduction or the conclusion.
  4. Peer-to-peer Responses: every colouring-in book will be assigned one or two reviewers from among your peers. Reviewers are asked to make a comment below the relevant blog post where the work has been uploaded on our blog. Reviewers are also encouraged to make comments and address questions to their peers following the presentation of work at the concluding module.




1. Please compile your conceptual colouring-in book as a pdf and upload it to: (I will provide the user name and password). When you upload your pdf (A4 tends to work best, but feel free to play with the format) you will be able to retrieve what’s called an ’embedding code’ which you will need so that you can embed your pdf ‘publication’ into our Philosophies blog.

2. Back in our blog: Please create a blog post in the category ‘conceptual colouring-in book’: Please use the title of your ‘colouring-in book’ in the title bar, and then use the opening paragraph of your introduction, or else write an abstract that concisely describes your project.

3. In the above blog post please: cut and paste the embedding code from ISSUU into your blog post, which is available when you have your pdf uploaded and opened. NOTE: make sure on the blog post window you have selected the html mode when you cite your embedding code from ISSUU.

4. then press publish on the right side…and you will be able to see the pdf file in its ISSUU format in our shared BLOG…
There are tutorials on YouTube that give instructions on this procedure…give it a go 🙂


First you need to be able to login to this Philosophies Blog. You will be able to login once you receive an invitation from hjfrichot in your email inbox. You will need to follow the prompts in the email. If you do not already have a WordPress user account that will be the first thing you will need to create (NOTE: This does not mean you have to make your own blog!).

Once you login you need to either go to the ‘dashboard’ (press the ‘philosophies’ icon in top left corner of page and select ‘dashboard’ from the drop down menu) or else to ‘site admin’ (see bottom of page). This will place you BEHIND THE SCENES of the Philosophies Blog, where you will be able to upload a post.

THEN select POSTS from the menu bar on the left, and then ADD NEW (to add a new post!). You will see there is a place to include a title, and then a text box for your fine words. You can also add media (select ADD MEDIA box), for instance, the image that we ask you to upload with your text (preferably as a jpeg). IMPORTANTLY you need to select a Category in the right hand side of the page…select CONCEPTUAL CLUSTERS when you upload your image and text posts. ALSO, don’t forget to press the ‘publish’ button on the left!

When you want to add a concept to the CONCEPTUAL TOOLBOX, follow the same instructions only select the CONCEPTUAL TOOLBOX category in the right side of the page!

When you eventually create your Colouring-In Books these should be linked to the CONCEPTUAL COLOURING-IN BOOKS category.