The Jakarta Post
Consisting of 12 modules, Harvard University's free digital photography online course addresses the fundamental of photography. (Shutterstock/File)
As part of its Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), Harvard University has recently uploaded a digital photography course to a free online learning platform, ALISON, which is accessible to anyone keen to learn how to take better photos.
Consisting of 12 modules, the course addresses the fundamental topics of photography like “exposure settings, how to read and use the histogram, how light affects a photograph, how the camera sensor and lenses work, and how to process a photograph using computer software,” as explained in the course’s description. As the course target international enrollments, it is available in 14 languages.
However, some criticized the move since the course was originally released in 2009. TheNextWeb comments on how, although the fundamentals are still true, “some of the lessons on software tools aren’t exactly current. Digital photography and education has far developed ever since 2009 and those who are adept in both fields know that very well."
Nevertheless, the course was rated 4 out of 5 stars. One reviewer said, "This is very useful and clear for beginners, gives excellent notions of all subjects, the professor is extremely didatic.” Another commented, “I was truly impressed with the instructor and his complete and total knowledge of all aspects of what he was teaching. The only suggestion that 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 the course’s assessments. (mra/kes)