EthiCola is a program to help students learn moral
philosophy. It was last modified on 31 August 2013.
You can run it in Windows, Macintosh, or Linux.
To install EthiCola in Windows:CLICK HERE
After you click, you'll be asked: Do you want to RUN or SAVE this file? Click RUN; and keep insisting, if asked, that yes you do want to run this file. (If you get dire warnings about this being an unknown program that may harm your computer, you'll have to click your way around these warnings.) Soon this dialog box will appear:
If you installed to your flash drive, open it using MY COMPUTER so you can get to the EthiCola icon.
If you installed to your computer, the icon will be on your desktop or on your Start-menu program list.
TOUCHSCREENS AND TABLETS: You can now do EthiCola using only touch, only mouse, only keyboard, or any combination of these. EthiCola works very nicely on the new Windows-8 tablets or on larger touch-screen monitors (but it won't run on the underpowered Windows-RT tablets).
CLOUD SYNC: If you want to install EthiCola on multiple computers (not on a flash drive) and keep EthiCola scoring and configuration data in sync on all these computers, install a free Dropbox on each computer's desktop and turn on Cloud Sync using EthiCola's OPTIONS menu.
Cloud sync uses Dropbox. Click here to get free 2-GB cloud storage.
FURTHER UPDATES: If I modify EthiCola, you can repeat the setup process to update your program. But it's easier to update using TOOLS | UPDATE ETHICOLA on EthiCola's menu bar. Updating either way preserves your scores.
NON-WEB INSTALL: Not using the Web, you can install EthiCola to a flash drive from any computer that has EthiCola installed, using TOOLS | COPY SCORES OR PROGRAM TO FLASH DRIVE on EthiCola's menu bar.
WINDOWS VERSIONS: The current Windows EthiCola should work with Windows XP-Vista-7-or-8, whether 32- or 64-bit; but it doesn't work on the underpowered "Windows RT." For earlier Windows or DOS, use these zipped forms of my earlier MultiCola program for the Ethics and Formal Ethics books and the corresponding score processing program. EthiCola uses a different score format than the earlier MultiCola program; for EthiCola, you need to use the newer EthiSkor score processing program that installs with the EthiCola if you check the box to install it.MACINTOSH & LINUX: You can also run EthiCola in Macintosh or Linux.
iPads: You can run EthiCola on an iPad (or even an iPhone or iPod Touch) using a "remote server." Open the app store, get the free PocketCloud app, and follow the directions to set up PocketCloud on a Windows computer (on which you install EthiCola). Then you can run EthiCola on your iPad through this remote computer; however it's very slugglish and each remote computer can service only one iPad at a time. But could this basic idea over time evolve into something more usable?
BLACKBOARD: You can set up Blackboard so that students can submit scores as WebCT assignments; see Chris Weigand's YouTube video and written instructions (both are about LogiCola scores, but EthiCola scores work the same way).handout about downloading EthiCola that teachers can give to their students. OLDER BROTHER: EthiCola has an older brother, LogiCola, about logic.
These are things you can access also from EthiCola's HELP menu:
SUPPLEMENTARY MATERIALS: a video on the golden rule, help files for EthiCola and EthiSkor, EthiCola News, a teacher manual for the second edition Ethics: A Contemporary Introduction (and for the first edition), and classroom slides for the chapters of Ethics: A Contemporary Introduction: Introduction, Cultural Relativism, Subjectivism, Supernaturalism, Intuitionism, Emotivism, Prescriptivism, Consistency, The Golden Rule, Moral Rationality, Consequentialism, Nonconsequentialism, Virtue, Natural Law, Synthesis Chapter.