Top Free Online Course Platforms for Philosophy Teachers

Top Free Online Course Platforms for Philosophy Teachers

Top Free Online Course Platforms for Philosophy & Ethics Teachers

Whether you are a Philosophy & Ethics teacher looking to develop your own subject knowledge, or looking for online materials to enhance your teaching program, the following free online course platforms provide high quality open courses in teaching and learning Philosophy & Ethics.

MOOC Platforms
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offers interactive online classes and MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) from the world’s top universities, colleges and organizations. With more than 90 global partners, EdX currently has 2,300+ faculty and staff teaching over 950 courses. Courses are free with the exception of professional education courses. The course format includes tools, videos and game-like labs. EdX is based in Cambridge, Massachusetts and is a non-profit initiative created by founding partners Harvard and MIT.

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What's in it for Philosophy & Ethics Teachers?

EdX offers over 50 free open courses covering the philosophy of god, political ethics and more.
The courses are ideal for teacher knowledge enhancement when preparing to teach a particular topic or theme, or as a supplementary classroom resource for high school or undergraduate level students.

In addition, EdX offers over 65 online education courses covering a broad range of topics from educational policy and history to curriculum design and teaching techniques.

Coursera is the largest MOOC platform partnering with top universities and organizations to offer free online courses. With the most diverse course selection of all the MOOC providers, Coursera currently has over 17 million students and 1,800+ courses from 146 partner institutions across 29 countries. The course format usually involves short video lectures, interactive quizzes, peer graded assessments, and connecting with fellow learners and instructors. Coursera is a for-profit company founded by computer science professors Andrew Ng and Daphne Koller from Stanford University.

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What's in it for Philosophy & Ethics Teachers?

With over 30 open online courses to choose from covering a variety of philosophical and ethical topics, Coursera provides another excellent resource for philosophy & ethics teachers to deepen their knowledge in particular areas. As with all MOOCs, the courses can also be used to enrich and build upon topic-based teaching programs.

Online Course Platforms
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OpenLearn is the Open University's access point for its open and free online resources, with the aim of providing free online education, open to anyone, anywhere in the world. The courses are geared towards an undergraduate level of study, and operate on four levels - introductory, intermediate, advanced and masters – and include interactive tools, video, games, podcasts, articles and quizzes. Many of the free courses are based on Open University course materials, and others are written specifically for OpenLearn.

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What's in it for Philosophy & Ethics Teachers?

With a section dedicated to Philosophy, OpenLearn offers a number of free open online courses and course extracts covering a variety of themes in philosophy and ethics from introductory to advanced levels of thinking.

Open Courseware
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University of Oxford Podcasts provides open content under a Creative Commons licence free for reuse, remixing and redistribution in education worldwide, and features public lectures, teaching material and interviews with leading academics.

All the material is arranged within a series of related talks or lectures and may be in audio, video or document format.

What's in it for Philosophy & Ethics Teachers?

The site offers a number of recorded lecture series on a variety of topics and themes such as general philosophy, philosophy of the mind, philosophy of religion, science & philosophy, practical ethics, David Hume, John Locke, Kant and more.

Being provided under the Creative Commons licence, the podcasts are ideal not only for subject knowledge enhancement, but also for integrating into teaching programs at high school and undergraduate level.

Continued Professional Development

CPD Study Group for Philosophy & Ethics Teachers

The above list of online platforms offer a fantastic selection of free online courses to enhance your knowledge or to enrich your own teaching programs. But it takes precious time to search through their course lists to find the ones that are relevant to you.

To save time searching for the right courses across all these different platforms, MoocLab's CPD Study Group for Philosophy & Ethics Teachers provides a handpicked list of free online courses and resources selected specifically for the Philosophy & Ethics teacher. By joining the Study Group, you also get to meet and interact with other teachers with similar goals and interests from across the world. Learning from each other's experiences is also a great way to develop as a teacher. Join now
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