Video Course Guidelines

Video courses at Harvard Summer School feature recordings of lectures held on campus at Harvard, including videos of Harvard College lectures.

Online-Only Courses

Our online-only courses feature videotaped lectures of on-campus courses. Videos are posted on the course website weekly. There is no scheduled class time, so you can watch them at any time during the week.

Online Option in On-Campus Courses

These courses meet on campus each week, and the lectures are videotaped and posted online. If you enroll in courses with an online option, you can attend lectures in person, watch them online at your convenience, or both.

Course demos

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

Technical Requirements and Log-in Instructions

1. Install software for viewing videos and class materials.

2. Verify minimum computer specifications


  • 2GHz Intel Core™ Duo or faster processor, 8GB RAM
  • Please install the most recent operating system and web browser.


  • 2GHz Intel Core™ Duo or faster processor, 8GB RAM
  • Please install the most recent operating system and web browser.
  • 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; 20 Mbps is recommended.

Check your Internet speed at

4. Watch weekly videos.

Once you have registered and classes begin:

  • Visit your course website (linked in the course description). You may want to bookmark the website for future reference.
  • Choose “Class Meetings” 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. Downloading course video is not supported or allowed. 

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 help desk (technical questions and computer/software troubleshooting) 

   • (617) 998-8571 Monday–Thursday, 8:45 am–10 pm; Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, 10 am–8 pm

   • or e-mail

Enrollment Services (registration, access, and general questions)

Online technology status page    

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

Have a question?

Our Enrollment Services team is here to help.

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