Video Course Guidelines

Video courses at Harvard Extension School feature recordings of lectures held on campus at Harvard, including videos of Harvard College lectures. You can find these courses via the course search.

On Campus with Online Option

Many courses that meet on campus also have an option to participate online, either by watching live or by watching recorded class sessions. The classroom meetings are, with few exceptions, live streamed for registered students. Access to the live stream is through the Lecture Video page on your course website once the class has begun. The classroom meetings are also recorded and posted to the course website Lecture Video page within 24 hours of the class meeting. You can watch the recorded classroom meetings at your convenience. In this type of course, you may attend class on campus, participate live online, watch the recorded class sessions on your own time, or do a combination of the three.

Online Only

These courses meet only online. Although they do not have required meeting times, students must keep up with posted deadlines for assignments and exams. Some of these courses are classroom based, with Harvard College or other Harvard students meeting in an on-campus classroom. In classroom-based courses, a live stream is usually available for registered Harvard Extension School students. Access to the live stream is through the Lecture Video page on your course website once the class has begun. The classroom meetings are also recorded and posted to the course website Lecture Video page within 24 hours of the class meeting. You can watch the recorded classroom meetings at your convenience.

Course Demos

The following sample lectures will give you a sense of the online course experience:

Technical Requirements and Log-in Instructions

1. Install Flash Player

Install Adobe Flash Player for viewing videos and class materials.

2. Verify Minimum Computer Specifications

Windows

  • 2GHz Intel Core Duo or faster processor, 8GB RAM
  • Windows 8.1, 10
  • Web Browsers (versions): Chrome v52 or later, Firefox v47 or later, Internet Explorer 11.0.9 or later, Edge for Win10

Macintosh

  • 2GHz Intel Core Duo or faster processor, 8GB RAM
  • Mac OS 10.11 and 10.1
  • Web Browsers (versions): Chrome v52 or later, Firefox v47 or later, Safari v8 or later

We do not support

  • Beta versions of any software
  • Taking courses or viewing videos on mobile devices
  • Linux

3. Check Connection Speed 

You need a minimum Internet speed of 5 Mbps. The recommended speed is 20 Mbps.

Check your Internet speed at http://www.speedtest.net

4. 2-Step Authentication

Harvard’s two-step authentication will require periodic use of either a smartphone, app, or phone-based verification.

5. Watch Lecture Videos

Once you have registered and classes begin, be sure to:

  • Visit your course website (linked in the course description). You may want to bookmark the website for future reference.
  • Choose “Lecture Videos” from the menu on the course website.
  • Select the video you would like to watch.
  • Log in to watch the video using your HarvardKey (note: videos cannot be downloaded).

Videos are available within 24 hours after the course meets on campus and remain online for the duration of the semester.

Getting Help

After completing the steps above, if you still have problems either in configuring your computer or when you try to attend class call:

Online Support (technical questions and computer/software troubleshooting) 

Enrollment Services (registration, access, and general questions)

Online Technology Status Page 

http://status.dce.harvard.edu    

Click "Report a Problem" link from within course video to send an incident report to Online Support. You can expect a response within 10 minutes to 24 hours.