Echo360 (EchoVideo): Embedded Polling (video, PowerPoint, or PDF)


Using polling activities in your teaching is valuable to students. Breaking up a lecture with polls helps maintain learners attention and its a great way to measure student comprehension. You can embed polling slides to a scheduled class/Live Stream by adding a Presentation (PowerPoint or PDF) or embed polls into a pre-recorded lecture. Responses can be seen in your library or course in real-time.

Explore how to create polls from scratch, edit, and reuse them in your presentations or videos. Use embedded polls in your synchronous or asynchronous class meetings.

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Self-Pace Tutorial: Embed Polls in a Video. "Creating interactive media by embedding polls into video" use with asynchronous classes.

Embedding Echo360 Videos with Polls in Canvas

Easily embed videos in a Canvas content window (a plug-shaped icon within Apps). This process embeds a video with polls (known as interactive media) allowing students to playback and participate in a discussion (at instructor discretion). When polls are embedded in a video it plays as normal but prohibits students from viewing sections of the video until they have responded to the poll. All student responses can be viewed or downloaded. 

Getting Started with Embedded Polling

Edit Your Media and Transcript First. Before you add polling questions to your video ensure you have finished any necessary edits to your video and transcript
What is Polling?  A poll is a question type that allows faculty to embed in videos or slide deck presentations in a class. All polls are saved for reuse in your library.
Rename your video with polls. We recommend renaming the title of the interactive media to include - polls so you can distinguish between the original video and interactive media.

Embed Polls in a Video in your Library

Log in to, choose your video from your library and click Add Poll. You can use the playback bar to drag to a specific location or the arrow keys to embed your poll. Select a polling slide in your library. If you haven't used polls in Echo360, you can create a new poll to embed (e.g., Multiple Choice, Ordered List, Short Answer, Numeric Activity, Image Quiz).

The video with polls becomes a new media type in your library called Interactive media.

Add Your Video with Embedding Polling in a Canvas Content Window

This is the same process as when you are embedding videos from your library (view image here).

  1. In Canvas, choose the content type (e.g., Assignments, Discussions, Pages, etc.) with the Rich Content Editor.
  2. Click the Apps button (plug-shaped icon) in the toolbar.
  3. Select Echo360, if you have not added Echo360 to your list of Apps, click View All.
  4. All media loads from your Echo360 library. In the search box, type in a keyword, use the scroll bar, or filter by Type (funnel-shaped icon), select Interactive Media, and Apply.
  5. Select your video with polls, then choose the size and embedding options and insert it in the Canvas content window. Save and Publish as appropriate.

For more details see this article on Embedding an Existing Echo360 Video into a Content Window or try this interactive walkthrough; learn how the embedded polling works for asynchronous videos.

For Instructors: Viewing Student Responses in your Library

View Poll Responses in your Library. You will see the students that have answered the polls, see overall responses, and date of response in your Library
Real-time data. Views and polling responses are provided in real-time. When students have responded to the poll or have not, you can view the results.

For Students: Viewing and Responding to Embedded Videos with Polling

Viewing a Video with Embedding Polling. Plays like a normal video but prohibits viewing sections of the video until students have responded to the questions. 
Poll markers. Are visible to the student. 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 poll.
Students' new to Echo360? Share the Echo360 Student Guide with them.

Add Interactive Media to an Echo360 Course (Class)

A video with embedded polling also can be added to an Echo360 class. Responses can be viewed in the Polling tab of your Echo360 course. Classes with interactive media will open in a new browser window in the new embedded player, Students can watch and participate in the poll or engage in a discussion, see Viewing Content in the New Player.

Adding interactive media to a class does provide all the student engagement tools that you see in class with a video or presentation. You will only be able to interact with students in Discussions, (view an image of the embedded player). If you looking to teach using the classroom tools in the Active Learning Platform you need to publish a video or presentation to a class, (view an image of the Classroom toolbar as an instructor or as a student). 

Add Polls to a Presentation in an Echo360 Class (PowerPoint or PDF)

Accessing Your Echo360 Course? First, log in to if you are not logged in, or you can also open your Echo360 course within Canvas from the left menu navigation.
Transitions or Animated Images in a Powerpoint. Importing PowerPoint with transitions will be removed and animated images (i.e., gif, meme, etc.) become static.
DO NOT edit the date or time for scheduled classes created by the system. Instead, create a new class (holds media to share with students), click the New Class button.
Rename your class: Scheduled classes are system named automatically as your Echo360 course/section. It's BEST PRACTICE to name the class a short descriptive title so that is specific to the topic being covered in class, edit your class name, description, and more..

Teaching with presentation slides is a added benefit Adding polling to a presentation can be done before your scheduled class, during (Live Stream), or after class. View or download the quick reference guide on Adding Polling Slides to a Presentation, the slides with polls can be hidden until you are ready for students to view them. To create or upload an existing presentation to an Echo360 course follow the steps below.

  1. Log in to with your SVSU email and password.
  2. Click Courses (top menu).
  3. Type or search for the Echo360 course name that you want to add a presentation to, click your course to open it.
  4. Go to your Classes page, locate the class, click the + icon (Add Presentation​​).  
    • There are 3 options, select from the options available:
      • Upload a file: Upload a PowerPoint or PDF from your computer.
      • Import from your library: Existing PowerPoint or PDF.
      • Create a new presentation: Blank Presentation. These act as a spacer or "pause" location to have your students do something else rather than watching a video.​​​​
  5. Click the green presentation icon, then choose Edit Presentation.
  6. In the upper-right of your screen, click Add Poll then choose the desired Poll (e.g., Multiple Choice, Short Answer, Image quiz, Ordered List, Numerical), see guides below: 
  7. View or download PDF instructions on Adding Polling to a Presentation.
  8. You can add existing polling slides (all polls created in Echo360 are reusable) that are stored in your library, learn how to import a slide to a presentation.
  9. When your class is recorded or Live your students will see the presentation with polls
  10. Students must be at a computer or can use their phone to answer a poll.

Hiding Presentation Slides with Polls

  1. You can hide your polling slides until you are ready for students to participate. NOTE: This has to be done individually to each slide.
  2. Open the class with the Presentation.
  3. Select the presentation to make it active, click the waffle menu to view all slides, navigate to the polling slide you want to hide, hover over the slide and look for a eye symbol
    • The grey eye with no strike through it means that students can see and participate in the poll. Click the grey eye to hide the slide from students. Echo360 Presentation Available - Eye icon no strike through.
    • The red eye with a strike through and means students cannot see the poll. Echo360 Presentation Available - Red eye icon with strike through. 
  4. Follow the same steps for each slide you want to show or hide from students, grey eye means slide is available for viewing, the red eye means its hidden. 
1. Students should use Firefox (the latest version) for the best experience.
2. Ad-Blockers should be turned off if they are enabled in their browser.
3. When responding to a polling slide, a student must choose their answer and click the blue SUBMIT button otherwise data is not saved. View how student's respond to polling slides. 4. Students can edit their answers until you close the poll, learn how to control your polling slides in a presentation.
5. Feedback is provided to students after you close the poll.

Control Polling Slides During Class (Live Stream)

IMPORTANT NOTE: Students can edit their answers until you close the Poll. 

In a separate browser window, you can control the slides. You must be in the Echo360 Classroom. DO NOT show this screen to students, the Echo360 classroom is available on their own computer. Below the polling slide, you can control the functionality of the slide deck.

Article section: How to Conduct a Presentation with Polls During Class?

Review Student Responses within an Echo360 course

The Polling tab for a course provides responses for each class and question. 

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