University of Edinburgh – MOOC on the Scottish Referendum

The University of Edinburgh has launched a new Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) today on the Scottish Referendum. See the news here on BBC News Scotland Politics.  

The six week course launched on the 25th of August 2014  is entitled “Towards Scottish Independence? Understanding the Referendum”

More information can be found on the course MOOC site. The course blog can be found here.

From the above course homepage the description below can be found:


Whether you’re wondering how to vote in the Scottish referendum on 18 September or would simply like to know how the outcome could affect the UK and Europe beyond, this free online course from The University of Edinburgh will help.

Beginning three weeks before voting day, it’ll enable you to join the debate as it happens. You’ll get to engage critically and constructively with the arguments of both sides and other learners, and benefit from the input of leading academics.

Each week there’ll be a live-streamed Question Hour with a panel of experts, as well as video explanations of key issues, interactive debates and role play exercises. We’ll also be conducting regular opinion polls, to see whether you and other learners change your minds.

Taking part will help you answer six key questions:

  1. Why is Scotland having a referendum?
  2. What does ‘Yes’ mean?
  3. What does ‘No’ mean?
  4. What do Scots think?
  5. The Day After
  6. What Next?

You can find out more”



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