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Educator's Summary

Thank you all for your enthusiastic response to the course so far!

We have been overwhelmed by the student uptake of this programme; FutureLearn tells us that we have nearly 15,000 learners enrolled representing 165 different countries. To put this in context – if we were all together we would very nearly fill the Hollywood Bowl!

I hope this helps to explain why we can’t give personalised answers to all of your comments, but we are reading as many as we can – and very much enjoying and learning from your output.

Here are some examples of learner comments and recommendations that caught our attention this week:

Indy Learner reminded us about the controversial dress that trended on Twitter last year

Barbara Chapman recommended Michel Pastoureau’s books on colour, most notably his book ‘Black: The History of a Colour’

Jonathan Holloway told us about tetrachromacy and the humans found to have an extra cone cell.

Zenep Ece Cenker introduced an article on gender and colour vision.

We owe a debt of gratitude to educator Colm Kelleher, whose videos we linked to at the bottom of Step 1.5. If you haven’t watched these yet, they come highly recommended.

Highlights this week also included the eye test on Step 1.6. And as many of you correctly pointed out, those with the most reliable colour vision saw ‘74’ in the image associated with this step.

Sue Timney’s video also generated some debate.

This course is brought to you by the KLC School of Design, and by Livingetc magazine. Our friends at Livingetc have produced some additional material that we will be linking to next week - apologies for the delay, more news to follow.

If any of you will be in London in early December, you could also consider joining us for a day of colour workshops to be held at KLC’s school in Chelsea.

This weekend look out for interesting colour combinations and photograph these, if possible. We have seen some lovely photos on Twitter already under our hashtag of #flpowerofcolour. Next week we will be asking for photos of your home town as part of planned exercises - when we will be discussing issues of psychology, culture, and location.

So, next week course activities will become more creative – as you would expect given our subject. To enable this we have annexed the use of a programme called Padlet. This is simply a virtual pinboard that you will be able to upload photos to, and add some comments. Some learners have expressed nervousness around the use of Padlet – please be assured that:

a. You don’t have to use it – the course makes perfect sense without it

b. We will explain it clearly where necessary

It’s fine if you don’t use it, but since it is so easy to click on the link to it, even if you don’t share photos or comments please do have a look at your peers’ work.

Finally, next week we will be giving you the coordinates for a colour safari of London. You can view these via Street View on a laptop, desktop, or on a smartphone or tablet (instructions will be provided as part of the step). If you have a smartphone and you would like a fully-immersive experience try downloading the Street View app to your phone. If you can do this, you could consider buying a cardboard virtual reality viewer – these start at around £3 – which will allow you to visit many parts of the world in virtual reality, including the locations in London that we have recommended.

Have a great weekend, and don’t forget to take your camera with you wherever you go!

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The Power of Colour

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