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Old Public Links Generate a 403 Forbidden Error Message

Generated Public Links and Embed Code Expired 8/16/2021: If you used public links or old embed code to share your videos with students in Canvas, the video is no longer accessible by students) and when clicked on a 403 Forbidden error message will display on your screen. 

403 Forbidden Error screen message

 You must share your videos from your library with students by embedding Echo360 videos in Canvas or share your videos to an Echo360 course. 

How do I Determine a Echo360 Public Link?

You can determine an Echo360 public link by hovering over the link with your mouse and examine the website address. View the sample image below.

Echo360 Public Link sample - (start) (middle) media/ebaf1365-7c2b-4422-8bb2-90aa55298cf3 (ends with)	/public

 How do I edit and remove external links in the Canvas as an instructor? 

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

Embedding media from your library using the Echo360 embed button is a quick way for you to post individual videos from your personal library for reuse with the embedded player or you can post a secure video link, instead of publishing them to an Echo360 course/section or the Active Learning Platform. You can embed within a Canvas content window (e.g., Assignment, Discussion, Page, etc.). This method uses the embedded player provides Q&A/Discussion for students or instructors to participate in if they wish.

Embedded media does not use Canvas course storage and you can see video views in your library.

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. 
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


BEST PRACTICE: Embedding in Canvas content window. 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. 

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. NOTE: Only 20 will display at a time.

  1. Go to the Canvas course, click the "Edit" button of the content type (e.g., Assignment, Discussion, Page, etc.) where you would like to embed your video or secure link.
  2. Place your mouse cursor where you would like the video to be located. We recommend to 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 can find your video that you want to embed in a few different ways (view image "Options for Embedding" below):
    • use the scroll bar
    • 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.
  5. Select the video you want to embed by clicking on it. Items you can change such as size, player type and autoplay will show.
  6. Click "Insert"
  7. Repeat steps to add more than one video on a page. 
  8. Once you are done embedding your video click Save and Publish, if you are not ready for students to see it, click Save.
Take up less room and post an embedded link to your video, see instructions below "How to Post a Secure Video Link into a Content Window".


Options for Embedding in a Content Window

echo30-Embed Button in Canvas Embedding Options

How to Post a Secure Video Link into a Content Window

This method uses the Echo360 embed button, it doesn't embed a video 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, 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) instead of (Size, Autoplay, and Start At). See these instructions on how to post a secure link using the Echo360 embed button in a content window in Canvas.
A secure link only allows students within your Canvs course to view your video(s).

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: Firefox is recommended for viewing video content.


Generate a Secure Link - No Embedded Player

EmbedLink No Player

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.

Embed a Video with Polling Questions (Check for Student Understanding)

To check for student understanding you can embed polls in your video, students must answer to continue watching and can only answer once, you can see usage analytics in your Library, and you can download the data. The process uses the Echo360 embed button (the plug-shaped icon within Apps) using the Interactive Media type.

This method uses the embedded player, (view an image of the embedded player) you can embed videos with polls in a Canvas content window or to an Echo360 class inside of the Active Learning Platform (an Echo360 course).

Learn how embedded polling works in Echo360.

Echo360 Active Learning Platform (ALP)

The (ALP) is a web-based platform that allows you to facilitate engagement and participation for asynchronous and synchronous class recordings using active learning tools. You can gather usage analytics for the content shared to a class, this can be a video, presentation, or both, with the ability to push points to the grade book. Instructors gain insight on whether students are succeeding, struggling, or not engaged. You MUST request Echo360 each term if using this method. 

How to share Echo360 content using the ALP? There are a few ways:

IMPORTANT NOTE: ALL LINKS will need to be redone because they break during a course import.


Echo360 Course Navigation Link (Classes list page)

When you share media from your library, Echo360 creates a class. Classes are a container that holds media to be shared with your students. Below is a sample image of the Classes list page.

Classes should have a short descriptive title, this is especially important if your videos are automated classroom recordings, the class will be the same as the course name. Renaming your class helps students find what they need to watch or participate in. Learn more about renaming Classes in an Echo360 course.

Share a Video (recording) from your library and publish it to your course.
Add a Video to a Class allows you to add a video to the classes list page. 


Echo360 Course (Classes List page)

An image: Echo360 Classes Page (Section Home Page)

The above image shows a sample course and what can be seen on the Classes list page. Classes can be scheduled/Live Stream, pre-recorded, related classes can be placed in a Collection, and PowerPoints or PDFs can be added to a class. All viewing data is gathered by Echo360 and can be viewed through the Analytics tab in your course.

Linking to a Specific Class in an Echo360 Course

There are two ways that you can link to a specific Echo360 class. They provide the same analytical data that you would have gathered from students clicking on the Echo360 link in Canvas. Both methods require the instructor to have already shared their media to their Echo360 course.

An image of a broken link notifies users that linking to a specific Echo360 class will break during course import in Canvas

Assignment in Canvas: Supports Grading 

This method: Allows linking to a specific Echo360 class and creates a column in the Canvas Grade book. A point value must be added to the assignment for the column to be created and for relevant Gradebook data to be received by Echo360. The metrics are sent as percentages, we recommend using 100 and Percentage. Learn how to add an Assignment link from Echo360 to a Module.

Did you know? You can change assignment details just like normal if you would like to add additional instructions or information. Learn how to edit the details of an Assignment in Canvas.

External Tool in a Canvas Module: DOES NOT Support Grading (uses the ALP gathers Classroom Analytics)

This method: Allows linking to a specific Echo360 class, and provides all classroom analytics; however, it DOES NOT support grading. Learn how to add an external tool as a Canvas Module item, just be sure to choose Echo360 from the list of external tools as shown in the image below.

Linking to a Single Class in Echo360 using the External Tool

External Tool Canvas Module Item Echo360

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