Category Archive: Courses

MND 413/613: Emerging Media Platforms

Meets: Tues/Thurs 12:30-1:50 p.m.

This class gives you exposure to a variety of emerging technologies that can impact how media is produced or consumed. Assignments are meant to give you a basic understanding of how to create content using a variety of digital tools, rather than mastery of them. The final project is to either run a field test for a media hypothesis using an emerging tech of your choice, or write a research paper about an emerging technology and how it may influence media. Topics covered include:

  •  XR (VR, AR, MR)
  • Aerial video with drones
  • Environmental sensing
  • Chat bots and AI
  • Smart speakers
  • Data visualization
  • Coding for emerging platforms

For a better idea about the course, here’s a story on the Newhouse web site about the class, including testimonials from students who took it.

Prof. Pacheco’s Fall 2020 Classes – Now Open for Registration

My two fall 2020 classes — Virtual Reality Storytelling and Emerging Media Platforms — are now open for registration. Here’s details on both. Questions? Contact me!

MND 545: Virtual Reality Storytelling

Meets: Mon/Wed 3:45-5:05.

This course gives you exposure to virtual and augmented reality technologies, including many that are completely cloud-based and accessible with or without a virtual reality headset. You will learn how to create the types of immersive VR and AR experiences popular at the Sundance and Tribeca film festivals, as well as an entirely new set of cloud-based immersive platforms (Amazon Sumerian and Mozilla Hubs) where stories can be experienced socially with others, with or without VR headsets. Imagine virtual experiences like concerts, conferences, artist gatherings and more, but in VR. At a time when everyone is socially distant due to COVID-19, this type of “Social VR” presents a powerful opportunity to bring back some of the types of events that have been lost due to the pandemic.

  • Social VR
  • 360 video production
  • 3D scanning
  • Creating interactive CGI scenes
  • Light coding for VR using A-Frame
  • Motion capture and character animation
  • Immersive storytelling techniques

MND 413/613: Emerging Media Platforms

Meets: Tues/Thurs 12:30-1:50 p.m.

This class gives you exposure to a variety of emerging technologies that can impact how media is produced or consumed. Assignments are meant to give you a basic understanding of how to create content using a variety of digital tools, rather than mastery of them. The final project is to either run a field test for a media hypothesis using an emerging tech of your choice, or write a research paper about an emerging technology and how it may influence media. Topics covered include:

  • XR (VR, AR)
  • Aerial video with drones
  • Environmental sensing
  • Chat bots and AI
  • Smart speakers
  • Data visualization
  • Coding for emerging platforms
  • Wearable cameras (such as Snap Spectacles)

For a better idea about the course, here’s a story on the Newhouse web site about the class, including testimonials from students who took it.