Echo360 Live Streaming Your Classes

Overview

This guide will demonstrate information on live streaming your classes, where students can attend remotely in real time with the ability to participate fully during a Live Stream.

NOTE: A Live Stream class recording maximum is four hours.

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How to Live Stream using Echo360?

Supported Browsers: Firefox (recommended) Google Chrome, and Edge work best with Echo360, the latest browser versions. Safari and Internet Explorer are not supported.

Echo360 is a system that allows instructors to live stream or record their classes, you must request an Echo360 course before you can start live streaming or recording in the classroom. The form lets us know how you intend to use Echo360:

  • Use a Echo360 Appliance room to capture screen content, audio, yourself, installed in specific equipped rooms.
  • Use Classroom Capture software, installed in the podium computer, your screen content, and audio will record only. Students will not see you teaching at the podium.
  • Use Universal Capture Personal to create personal recordings on your PC or Mac.

Why should I schedule/record or live stream my class?

Live streaming a lecture is identical to making a lecture recording. Both automatically begin at the scheduled class time and stop streaming and/or recording at the end of class. The live stream is recorded and available in the Classes list page for students to watch after class (as much as they need to) which can reinforce concepts that were taught. If desired, you can manage the availability of the published recording.

Before a Live Stream, you can foster student engagement by add polling slides to a PowerPoint presentation then you can hide the polls until you are ready for students to view them. This is one way to flip passive learning into active learning and have students participate fully while viewing virtually. Students can respond to polls, ask questions, participate in Q&A, take Notes (download as a study guide).

Learning from anywhere, any device.

  • If students have to miss class for any reason, inclement weather, illness, or other situations the class is recorded that they can access at a later time, they won't fall behind because they can access the recorded class as needed and rewatch as needed.
  • If you want to control individual students being able to view the recordings, you can embed the recorded class in Canvas and assign to the individual student(s).

 

Classroom Recording Best Practices

The following list suggest effective and successful classroom recordings.

  • Before class ensure the microphone is plugged and is facing toward you, so the recorded audio is captured properly.
  • To ensure student questions are captured during class, repeat the questions so that it is captured in the recorded audio.
  • Do not view private emails, student grades, etc. on the podium computer, the system will record your screen.
  • Do not unplug the microphone to have a private conversation with a student, as other instructors are using the room to record their classes. 
  • Avoid private conversations with students before, during, and after class at the podium, it will be recorded. If this type of conversation is needed, do it in the hallway for privacy reasons.
  • Recording in a room without an Echo360 Appliance (a room without a camera)? Ensure that the podium computer is turned on, logged into, and kept on throughout the class.
    • After class keep the computer on (you can log off) to allow the recording to process to the Echo360 server.
    • If you are the last class in the room, you can log off, but keep the computer on for 5-10 minutes. Do not restart the computer, when your video has processed to the Echo360 server, you will receive an email notification letting you know your video is available.

 

How to Monitor a Live Class

You can view who is watching your Live Stream class and access Echo360, from your Canvas course menu. 

Alternatively, you can log into echo360.org and click Courses tab, find your course and open it, then navigate to the Live Stream class, look for the green LIVE badge.
  1. Click on “Echo360”.

  2. The live class displays with a green LIVE badge next to the class name if it's happening now.
    Grey colored badge? The live badge displays grey when it's not active or has already happened.

    An image: Echo360 Live Class Instructor

  3. Open the class session, by clicking on the class name to enter the classroom.

  4. At the top right, you will see a two-person icon (Live Attendance button) that displays the number of students viewing your class session.

    An image of Live Stream Active participant in Instructor view

 

View Participants Watching a Live Class

To see who is attending the Live class, click the two-person icon. All instructors and participants will display in the right pane as shown in the sample image below. The number of participants (limited to 100) will update in real-time. 

 

Show or Monitor Live Stream Content 

Live streams will not auto-play. To see what will display to your students, click Show Live Stream (bottom-left) of the Classroom player to view your screen content, yourself (if applicable)

Click Hide Live Stream. Don't watch your live stream you will get stuck in an audio feedback loop. You can adjust your volume or mute the audio.

An image of show live stream in the classroom player

 

Adjust the Volume or Mute your Audio

To the bottom-right of the video player, you can adjust the volume or turn off the audio.

An image: Echo360 video player adjust volume or mute

How Do Students View a Live Stream?

Like monitoring your own live stream, your students must click "Show Live Stream" (bottom-left) to view your Live Class. Learn more about the student perspective and view our Echo360 Student Guide.
 

Video Analytics After a Live Stream

After class, you can see unique views, the number of views, and more (sample image below) within your Echo360 Library.


A table image of how to view Live stream attendance after a live class session.

 


Engage a Live Streamed Class with Classroom Tools

Your live streamed class provides interactive engagement tools where students can interact with their peers and the media you are presenting, some methods you can use to increase student engagement during a live stream class are listed below:

  1. The Classroom Toolbar allows you to interact with your students; using Q&A, Polling, view confusing content, and more. 
  2. Use Interactive polling in a PowerPoint or a PDF then add it to your recorded/Live class session.
  3. Gain insight on student engagement overall, in an individual class, or by the student. You will know whether your students are succeeding, struggling, or least engaged.
Physical classroom: Students can ignore watching the live stream. They should direct their attention to what the instructor is sharing on the screen/projector.
Virtual Attendance: Students watching virtually can see your screen, you teaching at the podium (if in a physical classroom), and see or hear you teach.
Using the Classroom Engagement tools: All students (in-class or virtual) can participate in the class session, ask questions, participate in the discussion, take notes, bookmark a Live Stream location, mark a segment of a live stream as being confusing, respond to polls, or view media slides.
Is there two audio and video? Students can use the Q&A feature in the Classroom player to interact with their peers and media being shared with them. The live video in Echo360 is one way, there is not two way audio and video feedback, consider using Microsoft Teams.

 

How to Conduct a Presentation with Polls During Class?

There are 5 Poll Types for a Presentation that you can present during class.

  1. All class sessions in Echo360 are accessed through Canvas or from echo360.org, click Courses and open your course.

  2. Select the scheduled class and upload a presentation (PowerPoint or PDF), click the blue  symbol. 

  3. Edit the presentation and add your polling slides. 

  4. Hide the polling slides (click the grey eye) until you are ready for students to participate.

  5. During the presentation, unhide your polling slides, pause teaching allowing students to respond, then close the poll (click the Hand icon). You can move through to the next slide or show polling slides results during class.

    Polling options from left to right (red box outline) are referenced below:

    Polling options inside the Echo360 player

    • Submissions: A panel (no icon) that displays the number of students that have responded and the number of them in the course.

    • Close your poll (hand icon): Allows you to close the poll, stops students from responding to the poll. You can open and reopen polls where necessary.

    • Show results (bar graph icon): Displays the number of responses. You can choose from grid or list view.

    • Show correct answer (checkmark icon) displays to all users, (they are anonymous to students). 

    • Reset poll: Removes all responses and resets the poll.

  6. Repeat Step 5 for each poll you are presenting during class.

  7. During class, you can respond to discussion (Q&A), review confusing content via the Analytics tab.

  8. After class, you can review and respond to questions asked in the Q&A tab in a course, view all polling responses in the Polling tab.