The Continuum of Humanist Education (COHE)

  • Date / 30 March 2005

COHE is the Internet’s first website offering interactive courses in humanist thought. Promoted by IHEU’s Specialist Member Organisation the Institute for Humanist Studies (IHS), it can be accessed at [url=http://humanisteducation.com/index.html]http://humanisteducation.com/index.html[/url].

The introductory course on humanism, written by IHS’ Executive Director Matt Cherry is entirely free. All other courses have three levels. The first level of every course is always free. After that, a nominal fee is charged to maintain and expand the course offerings. Course modules include Humanist Activism and Organisation, Science and Humanism, Psychology and Humanism, Law and Politics, Religion and Spirituality, and Ethics.

IHEU member organization the Institute for Humanist Studies has made its online e-learning materials on Humanism freely available to all. Starting now, anyone with an Internet connection anywhere in the world can learn about Humanism for free.

The Continuum of Humanist Education (COHE) is the world’s first online, interactive Humanist educational program. The Institute for Humanist Studies founded COHE in 2004.

Previously, only the introductory courses on Humanism were free. Level two classes used to cost users $10, and advanced level courses used to cost users $25. Now, thanks to the generous support of a donor, all levels of COHE courses are free for all.

So far, more than 1,200 people from over 50 countries have registered as COHE students. Hundreds of these students come from the developing world, yet only a handful have signed up for the higher level courses which until now cost money.

“Even though $10 or $25 is a bargain for these high-quality courses, it’s a significant barrier for people in the developing world,” said Matt Cherry, IHS executive director. “I’m therefore delighted that IHS can now make these courses free to everyone. This reflects the Institute’s commitment to remove as many barriers as possible from the advancement of Humanism.”

Using twenty-first century technology, COHE strives to explore and advance Humanist thought in fresh and stimulating ways. Interactive exercises, student-controlled glossary options, and a community bulletin board are just a few of the innovative tools COHE students will use to enrich their Humanist education experience. The COHE motto is Sapere Aude — Dare to Know.

COHE courses explore Humanist thought in history, philosophy, psychology, religion, science, ethics, activism and politics. COHE course authors include notable Humanist activists such as evolutionary biology professor Massimo Pigliucci, Ph.D. and former Humanist lobbyist Tim Gordnier, Ph.D.

Courses are immediately accessible to anyone, anywhere in the world, with an Internet connection.

You can sign up now, using COHE’s free, automated, no-obligation registration procedure.

To explore the FREE Humanist courses by Continuum of Humanist Education, visit: HumanistEducation.com.

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