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What was the problem?
Questions about the nature of morality, truth, and science are of huge importance to people across the world.
However, Philosophy, as a subject plays a limited role in mainstream UK education and Philosophy’s absence from school curricula, means that the many people lack the opportunity to engage with these questions in a critical manner.
What did we do?
Research spanning the Philosophy department led to the creation of 2 internationally renowned MOOCs: ‘Introduction to Philosophy’ (IP) and ‘Philosophy and the Sciences’ (PS).
The Edinburgh research underpinning each MOOC topic is highlighted in '@Edinburgh’ summaries, which provide a lay description of the key research findings, relevant publications, and hyperlinks to open-access research.
IP is the largest ever philosophy MOOC and together with PS reached >500,000 individuals from 200+ countries.
IP and PS have influenced classroom teaching in Edinburgh and beyond, informing the practice of teachers in prisons, community groups, schools, and universities.
I took the course because I am a […] Philosophy teacher in high school and I wanted to improve as an individual […] everything about the course was just perfect.
The Edinburgh MOOCs increase access to philosophical research, placing research conducted at Edinburgh in a wider context, and allows learners across the globe to interact with Edinburgh Philosophy staff, regardless of academic background.