Learning from the Masterclass

I’ve been wanting to write about Masterclass for a while but didn’t really want to shout its praises until I had sampled some of the merchandise. Unfortunately, time has not been my friend but now there are two developments with the online learning provider that I have to talk about.

Firstly, if you’re not familiar with Masterclass, they offer exceptionally high quality courses from incredibly big names with ridiculous amounts of wisdom and experience to share. The courses are delivered online, they come in a variety of subjects and are expensive but not prohibitive.

One of the latest announcements, and the reason for this post, is the reveal of Chris Hadfield as a new presenter launching a course about spaceflight and space exploration. I mean, who wouldn’t want to hear about the exciting world of space travel direct from one of our most famous astronauts?

The roster of speakers Masterclass has managed to gather is incredible and I almost want to hear from all of them, not limited to but including:

  • Ron Howard teaches Directing
  • Hans Zimmer teaches Film Scoring
  • Garry Kasparov teaches Chess
  • Christina Aguilera teaches Singing
  • Serena Williams teaches Tennis

It’s mind-boggling access to some of the greatest names of our time. My list of courses I want to watch just keeps getting longer – I don’t want to do half the things that are being taught but I still want to hear from the experts they’ve managed to hire.

The second thing that was announced recently was the iPad/iPhone app. I was sort of surprised this didn’t exist already, and even more surprised that there wasn’t an Apple TV app to go with it. The beautifully shot videos are made for streaming on a TV rather than a small screen, and this feels like an opportunity missed. However, opening up the course catalogue to those with smaller devices is also a pretty shrewd move.

Now, my “I have no time” argument means just that little bit less, because I have my phone with me all the time, whereas I don’t always have access to a desktop/laptop browser.

So, even though I haven’t managed to tune in to any of these courses yet, and my love affair has remained at a distance for now, I continue to be excited by what Masterclass are doing, and I can’t wait to get involved.