As part of its Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), Harvard University recently uploaded a digital photography course to a free e-learning platform, ALISON, which is available to anyone who wants to learn how to take better photos.
Comprised of 12 modules, the course covers fundamental photography topics such as “exposure settings, how to read and use the histogram, how light affects a photo, how the sensor and camera lenses work. and how to process a photo using computer software, ”as explained in the course description. As the course targets international enrollment, it is available in 14 languages.
However, some have criticized this decision since the course was first released in 2009. TheNextWeb comments on how, although the fundamentals are still true, “some of the lessons on software tools are not exactly up to date. Digital photography and education have developed a lot since 2009 and those who are experts in both fields know it very well. “
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Nevertheless, the course was rated 4 out of 5 stars. One reviewer said: “This is very useful and clear for beginners, gives excellent knowledge on all subjects, the teacher is extremely didactic. Another commented, “I was really impressed with the instructor and his complete and utter knowledge of all aspects of what he was teaching. The only suggestion I would have is that the course be updated. “
In order to qualify for an official ALISON diploma or certificate, learners must complete all modules and pass with 80 percent or higher in course assessments. (mra / kes)