Introduction video

We are more than just a collection of random people studying the same material; we are, in fact, a community! Research has shown we’re all better off in this way so let’s get to know one another! So let’s jump in straight away with something really creative that will (hopefully!) set the tone for the rest of the class.

Rather than having you write out your introductions we use Adobe Spark to create brief introductory videos. (If you’re in multiple classes that use this method you should create a video for each of them.)

Using the questions below you will create an Adobe Spark Video (not a Page or Post!) introduction of yourself and share the link in the #infv405-social channel of our Slack team. You should be using this assignment as a means of becoming familiar with how to use Slack and its various features.

First, watch this tutorial and/or this tutorial on creating a Spark video. Keep in mind that the different options you’re given when making a video (Promote an Idea, A Hero’s Journey, etc.) simply give you prompts for scenes and have no real impact on what you can do.

Here’s a short sample of an introduction done by the director of Educational Technology at a Texas high school. Appropriate, isn’t it? And here’s a great one, if very brief.

Now, go to the Spark website and start getting creative! Also, while you’re doing this be sure to get access to the Adobe Creative Cloud now if you don’t have it already (because it’s free and how cool is that?).

Once this is done, watch your classmates’ introductions and reply to each of them in the Slack channel with the thread option (see below) to keep the channel nice and clean. (This is, incidentally, how you should be responding to most messages in the class channels unless you have a unique question or something to share.) You can respond to or acknowledge something they said, or just say ‘hello’ if you know them already. Be as chatty as you like while keeping in mind the netiquette guidelines posted on D2L. This is also a good time to remark on the possibility of collaborating later in the semester.

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Please be proactive in these kinds of assignments and do your best to include individuals that haven’t had responses yet. If you wait until the last day of the week to post it makes ‘dialogue’ very difficult. These timely participation/response items generally result in better outcomes for everyone. Try to include as much info about yourself as you’re comfortable sharing. Use the following questions as a guide.

  1. Who are you? (Name, where you’re from, what characterizes/identifies you, etc)
  2. Identify the general region in which you reside. Tucson? Amsterdam? The Moon?
  3. Major/minor/emphasis/speciality… what are you studying and what are you good at?
  4. Why are you taking this class?
  5. Favorite past-time/activity/hobby?
  6. Briefly explain your experience with online or hybrid classes.
  7. Give your peers a bit of friendly advice you’ve gathered on how to complete classes successfully (generally, specifically with your instructor, or both).
  8. Have you ever designed a game before?
  9. What’s your favorite game (if you had to pick just one)?
  10. Something else interesting about you.