Echo360 Student Guide

In this article:

Learn about what Echo360 is, how to view recordings, Live Stream classes, interact with your peers in Discussion, and more. Click the links below to take you to a specific section in the article.


New to Echo360 as a student?

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Getting Started Resources

View this video [7:41] on "How to use Echo360 as a Student". IMPORTANT NOTE: You need to be logged in to your SVSU account in order to view the video.

Accessing Echo360

All students in a Canvas course have access to Echo360 content. Students can access Echo360 in a variety of ways in Canvas depending on the instructor; can be for an entire term of lecture recordings/presentations or by the individual class session in an assignment or module. NOTE: Students will not have a separate log-in outside of their SVSU network password.

Supported Browsers

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Browsers NOT SUPPORTED are Internet Explorer and Safari. Supported Browsers are Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox (recommended) to view media and participate in polling questions. Ensure Chrome and Firefox are the latest versions, check your browser version for Chrome or Firefox.

Google Chrome and Firefox may need to have Cookie settings configured (help guides below): 


How do I view Echo360 media?

Media can be viewed in Canvas in one of two methods:

  • Embedded media in Canvas (Announcement, Assignment, Page, etc.): You may see one or more embedded videos. 
  • Echo360 tab (Canvas course navigation): You will be directed to the home page for the course with a list of all available class media.

Echo360 Embedded Player

Embedded player viewed as a student

Echo360 tab (Canvas course navigation)

Access Echo360 in the course navigation in Canvas, the location of the Echo360 tab will depend on your instructor. To open the class, click to enter the virtual classroom. A sample of the Class List page is shown below. 

Icon colors are defined below:

  • Green: Content is available to view.
  • Gray: Content has been viewed.
  • No icon: Content is not available (instructor has hidden the class content).

Click Echo360

Echo360 Classes List (Overview)

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Course Dashboard as a Student

  • Classes - the list of classes in the course containing media for students to view.
  • Q&A - Access all the discussion posts entered both in the classes and General questions posted about the course.
    IMPORTANT NOTE about Q&A: If you do not see a Q&A tab, your instructor may not have it enabled in the course. Q&A can also be temporarily disabled by an instructor, to reduce student chatter during classes. Any entries you may have made are still there, and once re-enabled, you will see them again.
  • Study Guide - Access all notes taken in the course from the Study Guide tab.
  • Search - allows for searching for items across the entire course, including classes, videos, presentations. notes entries, and Q&A/discussion posts.

Viewing Embedded Media in Canvas

Your instructor may embed a video in Canvas, the video plays like any other on the web, you can restart and watch as needed. You may see it within an (Announcement, Assignment, Page, etc.), learn more about the Echo360 player and its features.

Sample of Echo360 embedded video in Canvas

Sample embedded media in Canvas

Viewing Media in the Classroom Player

The virtual classroom might look something like this below. This classroom has a video lecture with a polling slide. The Echo360 player plays like a normal video and will remember where you left off if you exit the class. You can change the layout of the content or view the class media in full screen. Learn more about using the Classroom player.

Echo360 Viewing Classroom Media as a Student


How do I join a Live class?

  1. Click the Echo360 tab in the Canvas course navigation, (left menu).
  2. You will see a LIVE green badge next to the class name. If the class is happening now, there is a green dot to the left of the class name, as shown in the below figure.
  3. Click the class row to enter the virtual classroom.

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How do I view the Live Class?

Click Show Live Stream (bottom-left corner) to view the Live Stream. 

Note: Live stream recordings will not autoplay. 

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Watching a live class cannot be rewound/fast-forwarded, it's real-time. If you find the Live Stream becomes out of sync due to your network connection, the Live Stream will provide a "catch up button" and you will be able to view playback. For more information view Echo360 Support's Viewing Live Streamed Classes article.

How do I see who is Attending the Live Class?

At the top-right, you will see a Live Attendance button (two-person icon) that displays the number of participants actively viewing the LIVE class. To see who is watching click the button.

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Viewing a Live Stream or Previously Recorded Video

The Classroom player has options for controlling your video at the bottom such as variable speed playback allowing you to speed up or slow down the video, you can also view the video or presentation in full screen, change the layout of the content presented, and more view this helpful article about the Echo360 Classroom Player

Your instructor may be using the Classroom toolbar (upper-right of the screen) during a Live Streamed Class or for a previously recorded video; the different icons allow you to interact with your peers, instructor, or the media being presented learn more about the Classroom Tools in the next section.

How do I Use the Classroom Toolbar?

When you are viewing classroom media, you can ask questions, participate in discussions and polling activities, take notes during a lecture, bookmark or flag video or slide locations for future review, and exit a class and enter another class. View more about the functionality of the classroom toolbar in this helpful guide Echo360 Student Guide Classroom Toolbar.


How do I Respond to Polling in a Presentation Slide as a Student? 

Instructors may post polling questions inside of presentation slides to gather feedback and assess your learning. Presentation slides are seen inside of an Echo360 player. You must choose, type, or click the correct answer then click the blue Submit button. Polls can be edited until your instructor closes the poll. Learn how to respond and submit your answer to polling questions in a presentation slide Supported browser(s): Firefox (recommended) and Google Chrome.

How do I View and Respond to Embedded Videos with Polling Questions?

Viewing a Video with Embedding Polling. Plays like a normal video but prohibits viewing until the polling question(s) have been responded to. You can only answer the poll once.
Poll markers. The video will play until the first poll marker, prompting the student to respond to the poll before they can continue watching.
Responding to an Embedded Poll. Once a student responds to a poll they are locked and cannot be edited. Learn how students respond to a polling question in a video.

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How do I Create a Study Guide?

Any notes you have taken and bookmarks you have made from a class session will allow you to create a study guide for easy review of the class material. You can even download a text version of your notes which includes timestamps corresponding to the class session.

View Echo360's support article's on taking notes and using the Study Guide

How does my Instructor Grade Online Participation with Echo360?

Echo360 does track the classes you watch and participate in. It would depend on your instructor how they grade your participation.

IMPORTANT NOTE: It is very important that you click the blue SUBMIT button when participating in polls in Echo360, or your response will not be recorded.
You must use supported browser(s): Firefox (recommended) or Google Chrome.​​​​

Some may grade on the following metrics:

  • Attendance: Whether you opened a class session during the specified day and time.
  • Video and Presentation Views: The lecture recording was viewed in its entirety or you've clicked through the slide presentation. You can pause at any time, Echo360 will remember where you left off.
  • Q&A: Questions can be asked during a class session or you can reply to the class discussions. Questions you post can be public or anonymous to the entire class.
  • Notes: The built-in note-taking feature allows you to take notes, they are time stamped. Notes can be downloaded in a text version (time-stamps are included).
  • Activities: Slide presentations may include activities (embedded quiz questions) that you need to participate in such as multiple-choice, ordered list, short answer, image quiz, and numerical value. They may even provide you an external video to watch right in Echo360. ​​​​ 
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