Digital Media E-5: Exploring Digital Media
Harvard Extension School
Spring 2023
Assignment 0
Due 4:00pm ET on Monday, January 23
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Welcome to the class!

We hope you won’t mind a little up-front homework before class begins. There are three parts to this assignment.

Part 1

We ask that you fill out a short pre-course survey to help us gauge the overall comfort level of the class

Part 2

Please watch the following 2 videos before the first lecture. The first will cover basic housekeeping for the course. There is also some technical information which might help you choose a camera and a short discussion on camera sensors.

The second is a very short video segment of a lecture by Kurt Vonnegut on the shapes of stories. We’ll discuss it in the first in-person meeting.

Part 3

We want you to get to know your classmates a little better. You will record a video of yourself and upload to YouTube. In the video, you will tell us your name, where you’re from, an interesting thing about yourself, and your goals for the course.

There is no need for technical know-how for this assignment. Any camera/computer/phone will be fine for recording this video.

The steps below will walk you through the process:

  1. Record the video
    • Position the camera so that we can clearly identify you * Record just before you’re ready.
    • Introduce yourself:
      • What’s your name?
      • Where do you live? Where are you from?
      • What might someone not know about you?
      • What are two goals you have while taking the class?

    Keep in mind: This video should be between 60 to 90 seconds. Please no videos longer than 2 minutes.
 After you’ve finished, import your video file to your computer if you used an external camera or phone to record. Or upload directly to YouTube from your device.

  2. Uploading to YouTube
    • Open in your browser (Chrome, Safari, etc.).
    • Log on to your YouTube account OR create a new account
    • Find the upload button, uploading your video, setting its privacy as unlisted
    • Rename the YouTube video to E5 2023 Introduction: Firstname Lastname
      • Example: E5 2023 Introduction: Dan Coffey
    • Once the video uploads, copy the video’s Youtube URL for submission
  3. Once your video is uploaded to YouTube, please submit your assignment via this form by Monday, January 23 by 4:00pm ET.

That’s it! Welcome to the spring term, we’re glad you’re with us! Email [email protected] if you have any questions.