Digital Learning Portals: Digital Tutors, Lynda, Cursera, The Gnomon Workshop, etc...

Discussion in 'Off The Beaten Track' started by dots, Jul 26, 2013.

  1. dots

    dots Well-Known Member

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    First of all Cursera is [in imho] one of the best learning portals that you'll ever come across. It has an array of courses from top universities from across the globe for free!!!! Some of those classes can actually be used as credits towards your specific degree.

    If you ever felt like learning something new from a respectable source, Cursera is the place to start from. It's practically a university into itself.

    https://www.coursera.org/


    Anyway, I've been wanting to wet my toes on something completely different. At work Cursera came in and made a presentation, and after taking a few courses here and there I was inspired to explore the world of digital arts.

    Because of work and my financial situation I can't commit to an Art School/college at this time, so I've decided to take an alternative route. I came across a few learning portals, but I have no clue as to what would be the best choice for a beginner. Practically I have to start from the basics and that means master the adobe programs like Photoshop, after effects, etc.

    After doing some research Linda and Digital Tutors seem to be the choices for beginners. Anyone here has any experience with any of the two?

    Digital Tutors

    http://www.digitaltutors.com/11/index.php

    Lynda

    http://www.lynda.com/

    There are other sites like Gnomon and fxphd but those might be a bit too advance for a beginner...

    Gnomon

    http://www.thegnomonworkshop.com/

    Fxphd

    http://www.fxphd.com/
     
  2. overedge

    overedge Well-Known Member

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    But not very many. If this is why you want to take a Coursera course, check *very* carefully that the school you're going to, or plan to go to, will give credit for it.
     
  3. dots

    dots Well-Known Member

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    Cursera inspired the idea to explore digital media/arts, though I was shocked that several classes I looked into could be used as actual credit, though none for my specific interest.

    I met an editor at a film festival and he told me to explore learning portals like Lynda if an art school was out of the question, however I have no idea if they work at all or which portals are best for a beginner. I'm just going to take a change with lynda and see if it works. :)
     
  4. overedge

    overedge Well-Known Member

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    Sorry, I should have been clearer. I meant "you" as a general heads-up for anyone planning to use Coursera courses for credit, not you specifically, Dots.
     
  5. dots

    dots Well-Known Member

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    Opps sorry overedge! :eek: