The News University, which is offered by the Poynter Institute, offers a vast range of self-directed courses and webinars for student and professional journalists. The courses cover all aspects of journalism. Many of the courses are free, and after signing up for an account, users can earn points that can be used as payment toward the fee-based courses.
Last week I completed a short self-directed course entitled The Language of the Image. The course covers the basic types of photographs with emphasis on active photographs that capture real-time events. Fifteen different elements of good photography are defined and illustrated with many stunning photographs.
This course is a great resource for those who are just starting to work with photography or who would like some background and vocabulary that will help when they discuss their work with others.