Welcome to Dance & Video Technology! I’ll be happy to meet with you to discuss your work in this course. My office hours are by appointment. To set up a meeting, email me a brief note regarding what you want to discuss, including some available dates and times.

Assignments & Workload

Refer to the course syllabus for a list of the assignments planned for this course and their due dates. These assignments will require a significant amount of work outside class time. There will also be reading and viewing assigned, and the workload will vary throughout the quarter, with some weeks being much heavier than others. It’s important to budget your time to leave sufficient flexibility in your schedule to get your assigned work completed on time. As this is a required 4-unit course, you should plan to spend around 6 to 9 hours per week, outside class time, on your assignments for Dance 281. Full attendance is a requirement of this course, and you are expected to always be present for the entire class meeting time. See the course syllabus for details on the attendance policy.

Course Email

You are required to use your UCI email address (e.g. yourname@uci.edu) for this course. I’ll be sending all course-related email to that address, not to any other email address you might have. You can automatically forward copies of your incoming UCI email to a different address using the procedure shown in class. Keep in mind that it might take me much longer to respond to any email messages sent from a non-UCI address. I get a lot of email and have to prioritize reading the messages that I know are from UCI students.

Any email messages that you send to the course mailing list at dancevideo-f17@classes.uci.edu (registered students only) will be forwarded automatically to me and all students in the course. You must email from your UCI email address. Course mailing list messages are archived on EEE in the Dance 281 ClassMail Manager section.

UCI Google Apps

Some of your assignments for this course will require you to use UCI’s G Suite applications (also referred to as Google Apps). If you haven’t already, please follow the instructions at http://www.google.uci.edu/students.html to ensure that your UCI Google Apps account is active. Note that a non-UCI Google account will not suffice for this course. You must have a UCI Google Apps account. Verify your account at https://admin.google.com by ensuring that you can see the Google Drive and Docs icon listed under Your apps and that your UCI login ID shows up under the Google Account icon in the upper right corner of the window. In our next class we’ll walk through the process of setting up your UCI Google+ identity, following the instructions on the Using Google+ page.


It’s useful to have a way to safely store your files such as thesis drafts, small video and audio files, and other materials online. In addition to UCI Google Drive (which provides free unlimited storage while you are at UCI), this quarter we will be using Dropbox (http://www.dropbox.com), a service that provides 2GB of online storage for free, automatically synced with your personal computers. It also can be used optionally to share your files with faculty and other students.

Even if you already have an Dropbox account with a different email address, for this course you need to to set up a new account that is associated with your UCI email address (e.g. yourname@uci.edu). Use this link to sign up for your free account using your UCI email address: https://db.tt/Xv5c1ia8. Bonus! This signup link will give you (and me) an additional 500MB of storage after you install Dropbox on your computer. If you already have Dropbox installed on your computer, you don’t have to install it again. In a later class we will cover further details about how to manage multiple Dropbox accounts.

Computer Labs

There are two computer labs available for your use when not booked for courses. In addition to our regular computer lab, CAC G021, there is another lab on the third floor, CAC 3006. Both labs have dual boot Mac/Windows computers. The course schedules will be posted in the computer labs.