Education is changing and while brick and mortar buildings still host enviable citadels of learning with appropriate courses and teachers that aim to infuse knowledge into students, online learning is getting bigger and better.
This is a good thing considering the Universities and higher education institutions available today fall far short of the number needed to adequately furnish the education needs of the world’s ever growing population.
In Africa for instance, Quartz researched data from the Brookings Institution and concluded that of the nearly 128 million school-aged children in the continent, 17 million will never attend school. Meaning that only 6% of children in Sub-Saharan Africa will enroll for some form of tertiary education.
Those are poor statistics for something as vital as education which is most of the time necessary for a person to get benefits and experiences that translate to better opportunities in life.
Online learning is helping in some ways to fill those gaps and more tools and resources are beginning to be gathered online to help anyone desirous of learning. One of the world’s most prestigious universities, Harvard University, has announced that they are going to make their photography classes available for free online.
Harvard has uploaded the program to their online platform Alison and the program is present in twelve modules, with a 13th module that is a final evaluation that you have to take to complete the course.
Harvard’s program is composed of a brief history of photography, the basics of digital photography, classes that focus on retouching software, how to use a digital camera, reading histograms, the importance of light, color and exhibition technique.
There is no doubt that becoming a Harvard student (of a sort) is a great way to begin 2017 and there is no need to sign up or pay enrollment fees, all you need is an internet connection and data and you can tag along for free.