Planning, Communications, and Digital Media OpenCourseWare: MIT's Free Online Graduate Level Digital Technology Course

Published Jan 13, 2009

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'Planning, Communications, and Digital Media,' is free OpenCourseWare from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) that introduces students to various digital technologies that can be used to visualize and communicate planning and development projects. This course benefits those pursing a Master of City Planning and allows them to create their own web-based portfolios.

Planning, Communications, and Digital Media: Course Specifics

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Planning, Communications, and Digital Media: Course Description

'Planning, Communications, and Digital Media' is a graduate program in Urban Studies and Planning offered through MIT in Cambridge, MA. This course familiarizes students with the many tools used to simulate change and present possible urban planning projects, including charting and mapping systems, databases, photographic essays, spreadsheets and websites. Students in this course examine the use of geographic information systems (GIS) and are introduced to various software packages, such as Adobe Photoshop and Macromedia Dreamweaver. The course also familiarizes students with applicable technology and gets them to recognize common factors or patterns in urban planning. Additional software may be required to use free course materials. Students draw on what they have learned to develop individual web-based portfolios in the final weeks of the course. This free OpenCourseWare is guided by MIT Professor Lorlene Hoyt.

Lecture and recitation notes and lab and project assignments are available for free online. If you're interested in taking this course, visit the planning, communications and digital media course page.

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