A degree in Technicolor anyone?
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The University of Milan and Milan Polytechnic are, for the first time, both offering one-year masters degrees in color (story first published in the Financial Times), which commence February 2013.
At Epigeum we have frequent extended discussions on the use of color in our courses and it is a topic on which everyone has a view. We asked in-house graphic designer Tom Pritchard for his opinion on the importance of color, here is what he had to say:
“Color is an integral aspect of design for reasons beyond simply the decorative. A designer’s primary task is to communicate information in the most effective way possible, and color is a key consideration for facilitating an enjoyable and productive experience for the user.
The emergence of Mass Online Tutoring Systems
Until recently there was great excitement in education circles surrounding MIT's OpenCourseWare project and similar OER sites from other institutions. Among the benefits was the release of knowledge from the confines of the lecture theater to a mass global audience. However providing course materials alone, while still valuable, already seems like old hat.
The reason is the emergence of the MOTS, the mass online tutoring systems. These systems also aim to provide education to a mass audience but do so while providing a far richer educational experience. The first such system to come to prominence was Udacity but this was quickly followed by Coursera, OLI and most recently the announcement of MIT and Harvard's edX project. I imagine there will be more to follow.