International Center of Photography

Custom E-Learning System with Synchronous Learning

Custom E-Learning System with Synchronous Learning

Personalizing Online Education

MediaCombo designed a custom online learning platform for the International Center of Photography (ICP), the world renowned institution dedicated to photography and visual culture.

ICP’s brief to us was a challenge: to create an online environment that supports and encourages learning through one to one conversations and strong community bonds between students and instructors. This kind of experience is key to the success of ICP’s physical school programs and it was critical to the online extension of the brand.

The result is a platform that offers professionals, amateurs and novices alike the opportunity for live, in-person instruction, coaching and encouragement from an expert, in the setting of their choice. It’s like having private lessons for a fraction of the cost.

Home page
The course home page is designed to give participants a quick overview of everything they need to know at a glance:  the course title and instructor;  the date and time of the next live webinar; and the next assignment due date.

The heart of the home page is the Recent Activity space, where people can see and respond to each others’ most recent comments and conversations about student work, assignments, etc.

Assignment Galleries

The Assignment Galleries are where students upload their homework for each assignment, via the CMS. Course participants can then view images by each student and assignment, and can discuss images in the comment section below each picture.


The platform is designed to provide synchronous learning through weekly webinars where instructors and students participate via live video sessions, reviewing and critiquing the assignments they’ve uploaded to the website.

Participants spend most of their time on the site in the Assignment Galleries and Instructor Galleries, but they can also congregate on the Bulletin Board.

The View Course Participants page is another feature that alleviates the sense of isolation that often comes with online courses. This interactive version of the traditional class picture is where students and instructors can read each other’s bios, view each others’ photos, access social media links, and message each other.

If you’re interested in learning more about the platform, and whether it can be adapted to your educational needs, please contact us.

Fun Fact 1

The ICP has hosted over 50 courses since the online learning platform launched in 2013, serving 500 students.

Fun Fact 2

In the fall of 2015 ICP began offering certificate courses through ICP online education!

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