The UKCA’s introductory astrobiology course on Coursera (www.coursera.org) has now finished.
The course attracted 40,000 students from around the world and had over 16,000 active students.
‘Astrobiology and the Search for Extraterrestrial Life’ covers many topics from life in extreme environments, the origin of life and conditions to be found on other planetary bodies. It uses a series of over 30 lectures lectures of between 10-20 minutes in six modules over five weeks to get the key ideas in astrobiology across.
The next iteration of the course will occur later in 2013.
It is one of five Coursera courses currently offered by the University of Edinburgh.