Harvard has decided to upload one of its photography courses online for the entire world to access for free.
There are 12 modules in the course, which all virtual “students” could follow at their own pace.
In recent years, several universities have begun offering free online courses- called MOOCS- including Stanford, Yale, Berkeley, MIT, Oxford, Harvard and many more.
Harvard has decided to do the same again for one of its 12-module photography courses. It has uploaded the course on its online learning platform, Alison.
What is the Course and What Does it Teach?
The course teaches the basics of digital photography, providing a solid technical foundation for all those interested in photography.
This includes: how to use a digital camera, how the camera sensor and lenses work, exposure settings, how to read and use the histogram, how light affects a photograph, how to process a photograph using computer software, and more.
The course also gives you tips and techniques on “what not to do when taking a photograph.”
“Digital photography technology is continually changing, however, the principles behind good photography don’t.
ALISON’s free online photo course gives you the opportunity to gain extensive knowledge and understanding of digital photography,” the course description reads on Alison.
What is the Course Layout?
It contains 12 modules for each virtual “student” to follow at their own pace. It will be delivered through a series of videos.
The course will take estimated 10-15 hours per average student.
There is no need to sign up or pay enrollment fees. Anyone worldwide could follow along for free.
Recent History of Online Courses
The education platform has been starting to evolve in recent years, especially in terms of the concept of free education.
Just a couple of weeks ago, Oxford University uploaded its first MOOC: “From Poverty to Prosperity: Understanding Economic Development”.
Many other universities all over the worlds have been uploading MOOCS for quite some time.
There are even current educational platforms that are entirely free, such as edX, founded by Harvard and MIT in 2012.
In the past decade or so, several educational accounts have also been sprouting all over Youtube, such as ASAPscience, SciShow and many more.
Many professors in universities all over the world have also started to upload some of their classes onto Youtube and Vimeo for public access.