Friday, April 22, 2016

Getting Schooled in Hollywood History
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I have always loved movies, but it's only been within the past decade that I've become an avid classic movie fan, and have really begun to pay attention to all the players that come together to make a movie. The long list of credits that roll by were once something I ignored. I was interested in the movie stars, but not the writers, directors or composers. There is still much I don't know about the workings of Hollywood, so when I came across this edX course, "Hollywood: History, Industry, Art," I was intrigued, and decided to enroll. Hooray for Hollywood!

Participants in this course will learn the history of the studio system, how to analyze a film, the impact of global audiences on Hollywood, and more. If that sounds interesting to you too, you can go to the course description page to see the course syllabus and enroll. If you've never participated in an online course, fear not, it's really quite fun and simple to do. This particular course is taught by Peter Decherney through the University of Pennsylvania and hosted by edX. There are no prerequisites and you can choose to audit the course for free or earn a verified certificate for a minimum fee. It begins on July 5, 2016 and is self-paced. Learning new things is good for the aging brain, so check it out and have fun with online learning!

September 2 Update from Professor Decherney:
Dear Learners,
My course team and I eagerly anticipate the start of Hollywood: History, Industry, Art! As we put the finishing touches on a learning experience rich with film clips, interviews, archival material, and interactive opportunities, we've decided to move the start date of this course to November 1, 2016. The course will be entirely self-paced and on-demand. 
We've prepared a little sneak peek at the exciting content coming your way! A promo video will be posted on the public page for the course this weekend.
We are committed to bringing you the very best course content, and we appreciate your patience as we prepare this unique educational experience. 
I'm really looking forward to sharing Hollywood's story with you all!
See you soon!
-Professor Decherney


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