Echo360 Sharing Your Media/Content

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Generated Public Links and Embed Code will be Disabled 8/16/2021: If you are using public links or old embed code to share your videos with students in Canvas, they will no longer work. You must share your videos in a content window by using the Echo360 Embed button or share your videos to an Echo360 course. 

Review the methods below and click the topic link for instructions, blue call-out boxes have best practices and important information.

 


Public Links and Legacy Embed Code Expire 8/16/2021

Generated public links and embed code surrounding a web link to that video will no longer be accessible. View a comparison below of how to determine if a public link was used or a video was embedded in Canvas using the unsupported method. 

How to Determine a 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) echo360.org/ (middle) media/ebaf1365-7c2b-4422-8bb2-90aa55298cf3 (ends with)	/public

Compare Old Way vs New Way of Embedding Videos

A video using the old embed code for a public link will not have the Discussion link in the bottom-left corner, review the sample image below. If the Discussion link is missing, you will need to re-embed the video you are reusing with the Echo360 Embed button.

Echo360 Embedded Player New Way vs Old Way

Click the image to enlarge.

Embed Videos in Canvas Using the Embed Button (Recommended if using Modules)

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 post a secure video link, instead of publishing them to an Echo360 course/section that uses the Active Learning Platform. This button allows you to embed a video into a Canvas content window (e.g., Assignment, Discussion, Page, etc.) 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.


How to Embed an Echo360 Video into a Content Window

Watch the video or review the instructions below.

 

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. 

Go to the content area where you would like your video or secure link to display (press Enter or Return on your keyboard), the Echo360 embed button is located in the toolbar (look for the plug-shaped icon). Click Echo360, or if you don't see it click View all then Echo360.


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, just place your cursor where you would like it located in the content window for each video.

The embedded dialog box displays on your screen and provides 3 tabs to embed media: Please click the links below for further directions. Choose From My Home is the default selection.

Choose From My Home

The Choose From My Home tab is active and lists the videos that you own. NOTE: Only 20 of the most recent will display at a time.

  • You can find your video that you want to embed in a few different ways: use the scroll bar, type in the name of the video in the Search Content text box, or use the funnel icon to filter your search, see the example image below.
  • If you are using the funnel icon, choose Video in the Type drop-down menu and click Apply. Find the video you want to embed then select the size and embedding options as appropriate, please refer to Step 10 in the following article on embedding Existing Echo360 media into a Content window. 
  • The default size is 320x240, you can change to larger sizes if desired from the drop-down menu.
If you do not want to take up room with the embedded player, you can post a 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:

  • Echo360 Course Navigation Link: [MOST COMMON]. Students have access to all class recordings and presentations.
  • External Tool In a Canvas Module: Provides all classroom analytics.
  • Assignment in Canvas: A column is created in the Gradebook and points can be pushed to it.

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

 

Echo360 Course Navigation Link (Classes list page)

Below is a sample image of the Classes list page. Classes are a container that holds media to be shared with your students.

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.


Echo360 Course (Classes List page)

An image: Echo360 Classes Page (Section Home Page)

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. 


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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