Together with professors and coordinators of the Communication Science department at the University of Amsterdam (UvA), we produce the graphic content for a number of 4-minute video lectures on communication theory. The videos are part of the university’s MOOC’s (Massive Open Online Courses), which are online courses readily available to the public at little or no cost.
For each video we provide the visuals which illustrate the narrative of the lecture. The black & white illustrative style we choose is inspired by the times being referred to in the lectures. The illustrations we create visualise what’s being said, and provide a cohesive layer throughout the videos which themselves reference and deal with a wide range of information. We also created a new font for the video’s, to compliment the hand drawn/ cut out style of the content.
Interestingly, before we went digital people also used to learn from a distance through correspondence courses in the 1890s-1920s.
Early ‘e-learning’ came through courses on radio or tv, but typically fewer than 5% of students would complete a course. This changed when in the 2000’s it became possible to do courses online. With the modern age also came the social aspect, with students being able to connect with others through interactive user forums. Though this is still a new development and will likely change in future, these online multi-media courses are proving popular both with people and results.
This change in learning was also explored on the Dutch TV programme ‘Tegenlicht’ on VPRO, featured a MOOC course we’ve worked on (seen here above with professor Rutger de Graaf being filmed).
In addition to the videos being available via platforms such as Coursera and YouTube, students also get access to traditional materials such as filmed lectures, readings, and problem sets.