Free Open University Course.

Discussion in 'Learn Photography' started by Rob Edwards, Jan 4, 2016.

  1. Here's a perhaps basic course on video/stills photography which some may find interesting. Just follow the link below to register and join. It kicks off on 11th Jan, but these MOOC type courses are hugely flexible about when you take them.

    https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/commercial-photography
     
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  2. That looks interesting, although I think it's less basic and more targeted than you think - it's aimed at current commercial photographers and aspiring commercial photographers. @Chris worth a look if you can find a spare 3 hours a week?
     
  3. I've done about 25 or 30 of these MOOC courses to date, and they generally are fairly basic. As the blurb says, it's also intended for anyone interested in the field.
     
  4. I'm guessing you mean it will be a basic aspects of commercial photography though, rather than a basic course on photography itself? If that isn't the case then the blurb for the course is quite misleading.

    What does the format tend to be for these things, and what sort of input and effort is required?
     
  5. The input is entirely up to the individual. Like most OU courses, it is on-line with masses of students all over the world. There are forums where you can join discussions if wanted. Learning material is usually short videos (5 or 10 minutes max) or text based, with as much "further reading" as you want. All on-line. Access to tutors is unexplained, but these tend to be self help in nature, with the student community chipping in with support, though tutors step in quickly to settle inevitable arguments.

    As stated I've done a lot of these, but this is the first I've seen on anything like photography - my normal courses tend to be on environmental, ecological, scientific areas like archaeology, cosmology, oceanography etc, but almost always accessible to the layman (You might be interested in one they do on soil structure, I found it good, but probably basic for you).

    The OU's interest here is of course as a shop window for future potential PAYING students. Generally, you can take as long as you want to complete a course; I've taken 5 months to complete a 3 week course, and churned through an entire 8 week course in one day ... the point is that you put into them whatever you want to get out of what you want ... to ... get ... out. If you follow me. Not bothering to even start a course is not a problem.
     
  6. I may well give this a go then, and I'm going to have a proper look through all the other courses, learning new stuff is always fun. Thanks for letting us know about this Rob.
     
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  7. That's what I like about them: free, bite sized, easily accessible and covering a huge range of subjects. I just remembered, there were a couple of photo related courses, but on dental photography. Why?
     
  8. I've done a couple of the future learn courses, but the range of what is on offer is just weird. I can't imagine dental photography appealing to many people, and there are lots of similar ones like anatomy: know your abdomen that I just can't see people doing as casual learning programs?
     
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  9. For me, the strange mix of subjects is a large part of the appeal. These are not meant to result in professional qualifications, but just to satisfy that vague interest that you've never got around to doing anything about. Incidentally, I do all the medicine related courses - how can you NOT find human abdominal anatomy interesting?
     
  10. Fair enough, I started the forensic science one but gave up due to the course itself being a bit rubbish. I'm mainly curious because it must cost money to produce the courses, but I would hazard a guess that a lot of them are just people who work in such niches and put the courses together in their own time. It's a good thing, of course, just slightly whimsical.
     

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