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Hmm, guess they don't want Cambridge people involved, what with all those spies a few years ago. I bet all the Oxford contributors got it. 

 

Here, but don't forward this to Moscow, please.

 

https://www.shawacademy.com/learning/?product=alamy&utm_campaign=1294492_Sep2018-ShawAcademy&utm_medium=email&utm_source=contributoremail&dm_i=2SWW,RQU4,12HD9Z,2UGH7,1

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They did a similar offer a year or two ago. I signed up for a social media course (given that I knew nothing about social media). I found the webinar  a bit 'in your face' and, if I may say without offending those on the other side of the Pond, a bit too American - I felt as though I was being pressed to join in the 'whoops' and 'yays' and to socialise when all I wanted was to be educated and informed. It was all a bit evangelical for me. I then had trouble accessing the second webinar and eventually gave up. It didn't stop them however spending the next six months peppering my inbox with offers to join the academy with a paid subscription to multiple courses. The course content is probably good, but I didn't get through enough of it to make a proper judgement. Other people may revel in the courses, but such as I experienced wasn't my cup of tea.

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22 hours ago, Ed Rooney said:

Hmm, guess they don't want Cambridge people involved, what with all those spies a few years ago. I bet all the Oxford contributors got it. 

 

Here, but don't forward this to Moscow, please.

 

https://www.shawacademy.com/learning/?product=alamy&utm_campaign=1294492_Sep2018-ShawAcademy&utm_medium=email&utm_source=contributoremail&dm_i=2SWW,RQU4,12HD9Z,2UGH7,1

 

Thanks Edo. There are two might interest me. "PERSONAL BEAUTY" and "ENGLISH". :D

 

Allan

 

 

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MIT  offer a free course on documentary photography, which would look good on your cv.

 

https://ocw.mit.edu/courses/comparative-media-studies-writing/21w-749-documentary-photography-and-photojournalism-still-images-of-a-world-in-motion-spring-2016/index.htm

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Lot of scamsters on the web as I'm sure you all know. Many trying to 'educate' photographers. However, the best learning curve I know is to experiment yourself and keep taking images. You will not make enough money from Alamy (probably) to finance any of this nonsense. 

I come from a background in 'traditional' photography and studied for a degree in the same. Different times but that real education has served me well even in the digital age. The reality is that it's harder than ever to make a living as a photographer - even for the qualified professional IMO.

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On 28/09/2018 at 19:58, Joseph Clemson said:

They did a similar offer a year or two ago. I signed up for a social media course (given that I knew nothing about social media). I found the webinar  a bit 'in your face' and, if I may say without offending those on the other side of the Pond, a bit too American - I felt as though I was being pressed to join in the 'whoops' and 'yays' and to socialise when all I wanted was to be educated and informed. It was all a bit evangelical for me. I then had trouble accessing the second webinar and eventually gave up. It didn't stop them however spending the next six months peppering my inbox with offers to join the academy with a paid subscription to multiple courses. The course content is probably good, but I didn't get through enough of it to make a proper judgement. Other people may revel in the courses, but such as I experienced wasn't my cup of tea.

 

Yes I too joined the course a few years ago with the free offer from Alamy.

 

I couldn't join the webinars as I was out every time  they were on. You can watch them later but I found I never had time to watch more than a couple.

 

As you say, they then bombarded my email with messages nearly every day for about 6 months trying to get me to sign up for other courses. They eventually got fed up sending them!

 

John.

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On 03/10/2018 at 21:08, Stokie said:

 

Yes I too joined the course a few years ago with the free offer from Alamy.

 

I couldn't join the webinars as I was out every time  they were on. You can watch them later but I found I never had time to watch more than a couple.

 

As you say, they then bombarded my email with messages nearly every day for about 6 months trying to get me to sign up for other courses. They eventually got fed up sending them!

 

John.

 

Im not normally one for these type of teaching sessions - but i did attempt to log in to their first seminar a couple of years ago but due to time zone differences it wasn't practical.

 

they then bombarded my email account with requests to sign up permanently and pay fees

 

they only stopped harassing me when i did my usual to get rid of pests - threatened them with legal action for harassment - they stopped shortly after that

 

 

 

 

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I did a free online course with Shaw Academy last time this offer came around through Alamy. It was for web design (I'd agreed to do a website for someone when I was temporarily unemployed). The course was great, I was very impressed. I ended up signing up for their monthly subscription where you pay a fixed fee and can do any courses you want.

 

Not so good - I decided to quit the pay as you go arrangement after a while. The understanding was that I could just write to them to do cancel my monthly debit. Well, I didn't get a reply to my messages, I just started getting bombarded by marketing emails. There is no email address  for Shaw Academy on their website and the phone number doesn't get answered - the only way to contact them is via filling out an online form. I talked to my bank to get the money back and cancel the direct debit. Money kept coming out - my bank said the only way I could stop it was by cancelling my credit card which I duly did.

 

So in summary; great course, atrocious customer service. Of course, maybe I've just been the unlucky one......

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