Embed Echo360 Media in Canvas (recommended when using Modules)


If you are reusing videos stored in Echo360, it’s important that your videos have transcripts and that they are ADA Compliant for all learners.

If you use Modules to structure your course material and use Echo360 videos, we recommend embedding them via the Rich Content Editor embed plugin within Canvas (e.g., Assignment, Discussion, Page, etc.). The embedded videos allow students or other users enrolled in your Canvas course viewing permissions to watch your videos. Embedding media from your library using the Echo360 embed plugin is a quick way for you to post individual videos from your Library for reusing content. Choose to embed a standard video player or post a secure video link

NOTE: The content in this article is not for a Echo360 course (a reminder email is sent out approx ~6-8 weeks before the upcoming semester) which utilizes the Active Learning Platform; it is needed if you want automatic scheduling of your classes, or if you are using the student engagement tools. 

Embedded Video Player: Instructor View

Echo360 Embedded Player and its Controls

If there is a video transcript students can read along as they are watching your video or if applicable a screen reader can read it for them. There is also a Discussion panel to engage students in conversation.

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Embedding Media in Canvas vs. Posting to an Echo360 course

  • Echo360 course or Active Learning Platform (ALP)
    Provides students access to view all published content via the Classes list page, commonly used for scheduled/Live Stream classes or for ad-hoc recordings in the classroom or for personal recordings if you are using the Classroom engagement tools where you can implement to increase student success. You can monitor who is participating and who is not, using the course Analytics tool.
  • Embed videos in Canvas
    Provides students the ability to view a video(s) inside of Canvas (e.g., Assignment, Discussion, Page, etc.). All embedded content successfully imports to other Canvas course(s) making it simple to reuse content stored in your Echo360 library.

​​Why Embed Videos in Canvas? (recommended when using Modules)

The Echo360 embedded video player meets accessibility needs with variable speed playback, volume controls, closed captions, and supports a screen reader. The instructor can see who has watched each video in their Library. For a detailed walk through of the video player and its features check out Viewing Embedded Echo360 Media

Note: As a reminder, Echo360 media is best viewed in Firefox (recommended) Google Chrome, and Microsoft Edge the latest browser version. Safari and Internet Explorer are not supported and DO NOT function correctly with viewing Echo360 content.

  • Embedding videos do not use up your Canvas course storage, they store in Echo360.
  • Videos can be embedded within an (e.g., Assignment, Discussion, Page, etc.).
  • The embedded player provides Q&A/Discussion for students or instructors to engage in conversation.
  • Embedding your videos has great benefits for faculty to reuse content outside of a Echo360 course.
  • You can see video views in your library or access video Analytics from the chart icon (bottom-right) of the embedded video, (sample image below). 

Echo360 Analytics button bottom-right of the embedded player

Benefits of Embedding for Faculty

Embedded Media can be Reused. It can be copied for future semester use without breaking links and you can view user-specific analytics in your library and does not take up the Canvas course storage they are stored in Echo360. Before publishing be sure to review/edit the video transcript to ensure it meets ADA Compliance for all viewers.
Describe Your Video. The video title displays at the top of the embedded player or a secure video link. Be sure to edit the video title in your library so it displays a proper name when your students view the video for playback, it also makes it easier to find the video in your library for reuse.
Transcript Missing from Embedded Media? If the Echo360 media was embedded prior to the transcript panel feature being released, or if it is embedded prior to the media having a transcript applied, it may need to be re-embedded to show the transcript.
Did you know? You can embed polling questions directly into a video to check for student understanding without using the Active Learning Platform.

Benefits of Embedding for Students

Provides ease of access to your Echo360 video/audio media as it plays directly in a Canvas. It reduces confusion by keeping students in the same area, or Module, they started in rather than providing links to content (e.g., External Links, Course Links).
The media player remembers where you left off, video can be resumed or started over.
The transcript is readable and searchable while watching the video.
Embedded media can be viewed on a computer (the player is responsive to screen size) or on a mobile device using the Canvas Student app.

Embedding Echo360 videos in Canvas (watch the video or view instructions)

View Video: How-To Embed in Canvas

For best viewing experience with Echo360, use the browser Firefox, you can check your version at whatismybrowser.com 

NOTE: The embed button is experiencing issues with showing the most recent media, Echo360 is aware of the issue and working on resolving the problem. As a work around, you will need to know the name of the media or use the filter (funnel icon) to isolate your search by media type or course/term. Updated: 6/22/22.

Embedding Videos tips:

Pros of embedding videos. As a recap, the benefits of embedding videos are it's quick, videos import to other Canvas courses, and video views can be seen in your library.
Hide the Echo360 tab when embedding videos. ITS recommends hiding Echo360 from the Canvas course navigation especially if you are using Modules so there is no confusion from students on where to watch your videos. 
Student View does not work for Echo360. Using Student View will generate an LTI error as the test student does not have login credentials for Echo360. 
If media is removed from your library a 404 Not Found error message displays in Canvas. This is normal because Canvas doesn't know the media has been removed.

View Instructions: Embedding in Canvas

Accessing the Echo360 Embed button in a Content Window

Echo360 Embed button plug-shaped icon (Apps button) - Rich Content Editor

Click the image to enlarge then close the browser tab when finished.

PRO TIP for Embedding Content: You can embed one or more videos or secure links, place your mouse cursor where you would like to embed your next video. 

View Instructions: How-To Embed your Video

The tab "Choose From My Home" is active and selected by default, you will see the most recent videos in your library. 

  1. Go to the Canvas course, and click the button of the content type (e.g., Assignment, Discussion, Page, etc.) where you would like to embed your media or secure link.
  2. Create a new content type or click the Edit button on existing content types. Place your mouse cursor where you would like the video to be located, and press Enter or Return on your keyboard so the video appears on a new line.
  3. On the toolbar, (look for the plug-shaped icon) and click Echo360, or if you don't see it click "View all" then click Echo360.
  4. You will see a list of all media types stored in your library (video, audio, or interactive media).
  5. You can find the media that you want to embed in a few different ways, if necessary:
    • use the scroll bar to find the media you want to embed.
    • type in the name of the video in the Search Content text box
    • use the funnel icon to filter your search, by media type, term, or course, and click Apply.
  6. Select the media you want to embed by clicking on it. Then, click Next.
  7. The media you selected shows as a thumbnail with some embedding options to choose from (sample image shown below), select them as appropriate or you can accept the default selections; when finished, click "Insert"

    Echo360 Embed window in Canvas
  8. Repeat steps 2-7 to add more than one video to a page. 
  9. Once you are done embedding your video(s) click click Save or Save & Publish as appropriate. if you are not ready for students to see it, click Save.
  10. Once the content type is published, students and users enrolled in your course can watch the embedded video(s). If you selected Autoplay or Start At configurations for the video, those are enabled for the viewer.
If you want to take up less room post a link to the media instead of embedding it, click the Link slider button. Check out "How to Post a Secure Video Link into a Content Window".

How to Post a Secure Video Link into a Content Window

This method also uses the Echo360 embed plugin, it creates a secure video link instead of using the embedded player. It is the same procedural steps shown above on how to embed a video in a content window. 

  • In the content window, place the cursor where you want to post the video link.
  • In the toolbar, click the plug-shaped icon, and select Echo360, if you don't see it click View all then choose Echo360.
  • Search and select your video in the list, to see the different ways you can search for a video stored in Echo360 watch the video above.
Select the Link option (this is a secure link not public), please refer to how to post a secure link using the Echo360 embed button in a content window in Canvas.
A secure link only allows students or others enrolled in your Canvas course to view your video(s), media cannot be viewed outside of Canvas.

Quick tips for posting a link

The name of the video link will be the same as the video title. You can edit the media name in your library before posting a link.
Once the content is published, students will click the secure link to playback the video, it will open in a new browser tab. IMPORTANT NOTE: The Firefox browser, the latest version is recommended for viewing video content.


Generate a Secure Link for Embedded Media

Echo360 Embed Link Option -

Create New Media

You can create new media when clicked it launches Universal Capture Personal software for recording on your computer. If you have only recorded in the classroom and have not installed Universal Capture Personal on your computer, see our Universal Capture Personal Installation Guide. If are new learn how to get started with Echo360.

Upload Existing Media

Upload videos from your computer to your Echo360 library, After uploading to your Echo360 library you can use embed your video using the Echo360 embed button.

How to View Media Analytics in Echo360

Access media analytics from two different locations (see screenshots below) in Echo360. You can see ALL VIEWS of your media whether you posted to an Echo360 course or embedded in Canvas.

What does Echo360 Track Video Views After a Class Session? Echo360 tracks ALL usage (video views) regardless of how it was captured Live Stream or recorded. The data includes student names, total views, total view time (duration), number of times a student joined a Live stream or viewed a recording, and the last viewed Date.

How do Video Analytics work? The way Echo360 analytics work is it includes ALL VIEWS whether the students have watched or interacted with the content in the DURING or AFTER class. The analytics aren't real time for video views it does take time to updateAll dates/times on the media details page within your Library, are presented in UTC or "universal time code" its not "local time" for either the user's location or the location of the institution.


Embed a Video with Polling Questions (post to Canvas or an Echo)

Check for student understanding and embed polls in your video, polls can be created new or reused. You can see poll responses in your Library or download the data. The process also uses the Echo360 embed plugin using the Interactive Media type. Videos with polls can be embedded in Canvas or published to an Echo360 course. Learn more about embedded polling in Echo360 (add polls to a video or a presentation).

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