Echo360 Active Learning Platform (Basics)

Overview

Once you have recorded/uploaded your class lecture it stores in your library (where you can manage and edit your media). You can publish your content so students can view it inside of the Echo360 Active Learning Platform (ALP). Students can watch or participate in a recorded/Live Stream class and interact with the media helping them retain the content being shared with them.

The ALP gathers usage data, and provides the capability to export engagement scores to Canvas. Instructors can foster student engagement during recorded or Live Stream classes using the provided Classroom Tools (Discussion, Q&A, interactive polls, quizzes, and media slides).

Students access Echo360 course content from the tab in Canvas's left menu, however they can be added to Modules (advanced method).

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

 


Classroom toolbar comparison of Student Tools and Instructor Tools
Article Sections

Content related to the Managing your Media workshop where you learn how to manage/organize content in your course.

Content related to the Active Learning Workshop where you learn how to engage your students and push participation points to the gradebook.

Echo360 Course (Classes List page)

When you share media from your library, Echo360 creates a class. Classes are a container that holds media you are providing for your students. The Class List page (homepage for your Echo360 course) provides all content (e.g., video, presentation, video with polls) you have published to a Class for students to watch or participate in, content can be made unavailable or set for specific dates if you desire. You can upload supplemental material to your video recording, by adding a Presentation (PowerPoint or PDF) to your class (lesson).

NOTE: Classes should have a short descriptive title, this is especially important if your videos are scheduled 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. In addition, if you are monitoring usage analytics, you will be able to identify student participation by the class. 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. 

Below is a sample image of the Classes List page.


Echo360 Course (Classes List page)

An image: Echo360 Classes Page (Section Home Page)

The above image shows a sample Echo360 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 Class Group, 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.

 

Class Media Icons/Definitions

The instructor will always be able to see content on the Class list page and manage the availability of their content for student access. Additionally, hovering over a media icon provides the a thumbnail preview and name of your media as its titled in your library, along with a menu of options for managing the media. The table below provides a list of the media icons with their descriptions.

Echo360 Instructor Class List

 

Accessing Echo360 Classes (Content)

As a reminder, you can control the availability of all class content or only specific class content. Students (enrolled in your Canvas course) have access to all content in a Class/Lesson (videos, interactive media, and presentations) by using the Echo360 tab (Canvas left menu) or they can access a specific class linked in a Module. NOTE: This an advanced method of sharing lessons with students the content links do break when importing course content, however embedding videos in Canvas do not break when importing to other Canvas courses.

Student Enrollment in a Echo360 course. Canvas enrolled students do not mean students are enrolled in the Echo360 section, they are enrolled when they click on the Echo360 tab in Canvas's course menu. View our Echo360 Student Guide.


Create a New Class, Group your Classes, and Organize Them

The Classes page is the home page of the Echo360 course. Listing all the classes you have available for your students, if you desire you can edit the availability of your class content.

Using the Classroom Tools

The Classroom toolbar inside of the Echo360 player allows students to take part in discussions, ask a question, bookmark content, take notes, flag confusing content, and read or search a transcript while watching a video, etc. Students can interact with the classroom media using the Classroom tools, "Echo360 Student Guide Classroom Toolbar." The toolbar is only available when content is published for students to view.

  • Notes: When students take Notes it creates a downloadable study guide.
  • Bookmark: When students book mark segments of a video or presentation it is time stamped at the location of where the student would like to go back and review.
  • Confusion flag: When students use a confusion flag to mark content they find confusing it notifies you the number of confusion flags and where its been marked.
  • Q&A: Posting and responding to a Q&A Discussion post allows students to participate in discussion or ask a question publically or anonymously, responses or questions asked can be time stamped. 
  • Search: Students can search within the Echo360 course for content by keyword rather than using a scroll bar to find content. Searching includes classes, videos, presentations, notes they have taken, and Q&A discussion posts.

Instructor benefits of using the Classroom tools:

Linking to a Specific Echo360 class in a Module (provides classroom analytics only)

You can link to a specific recording in an Echo360 course within a Module via the External Tool. You will gather the analytical data on class and student usage that can be viewed in your course or Library, it DOES NOT support grading and must be linked to a specific lesson (classroom). To proceed follow the steps below:

IMPORTANT NOTE: This method does break during course import, you will have to redo your Module links, and relink to your specific lessons. 

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

Embed a video in a Module using the External Tool: DOES NOT Support Grading. 

Within your Canvas course, click Modules, then click the + icon to the right of the Module name. Review Canvas's help guide on "How do I add an external tool as a module item?" Be sure to select Echo360 from the list of external tools as shown in the image and instructions below.

  1. In the new window, click the drop-down menu, select External Tool. Note: This method will create a Page.
  2. Scroll through the list of tools, and select echo360.
  3. In the text field, give your Page a name. Example: Echo360 video: Topic 
    Optional: You can choose to Load the Page in a new Tab.​​​​​ If desired check the box.
  4. Then click Add item at the bottom of the window.

Linking to a Echo360 in Module

External Tool Canvas Module Item Echo360

Configure the video to embed in the Page

  1. Click on the newly created Page in the Module, so you can configure the link to a specific recording.
  2. Now you should see a menu of options to choose from:
    • Link to the Section Home directs users to the full list of recordings within the Echo360 course.
    • Link to a Classroom allows you to link to a specific recording.
  3. Choose Link to a Classroom, then scroll the list and select the class with your recording. The selection will highlight a light blue.
  4. Scroll up and select Link Content.
  5. The video that you selected will immediately load on your Canvas Page.
Helpful tip for reusing videos. If you are simply making personal recordings and not recording in a physical classroom. You can simply embed your videos in Canvas, once embedded in a Page, Discussion, or Assignment, etc. they successfully import to other Canvas courses. All usage analytics can be viewed in your Library.

 
How do I export student participation points and send them to the Canvas Gradebook?

You need to create an Assignment link and use the External Tool in the Submission Type of the Assignment settings page.

Create an Assignment and Link to Echo360 in Canvas: Supports Grading 

This method: Allows linking to a specific Echo360 class creating 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 as the point value and Display Grade as "Percentage". In the Submission type select External Tool and set the Assignment and Availability Dates as normal. Learn how to add an Assignment link from Echo360 to a Module.

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

 

Student Engagement Tools and Analytics 

You can gather usage analytics for the content shared to a class, this can be a video (most common for classroom/Live Stream recordings), presentation (PowerPoint or PDF), or both. You can export participation points to the grade book when you create a graded assignment in Canvas. Instructors gain insight on whether students are succeeding, struggling, or not engaged from the Analytics Dashboard.

View our article "Using the Active Learning Platform: Advanced, Student Engagement Tools and Analytics "

Echo360 Mobile App

Instructors can upload or record a video from their device (there is no screen capture included in the app) the video will upload to their library and share it with students. There are some limitations to the mobile app. 
Students can learn and watch recordings or view presentations in your course via the mobile app from a tablet or phone. (Wi-Fi or mobile hotspot).

Uploading media from your smartphone or tablet will publish to your library, from there you can edit your media before sharing it with your students. Instructors can view usage analytics of student engagement in their course.

Live Stream Class or Interactive media? Currently, they do not work in the Echo360 mobile app, a student must be at a computer to view a live stream class.

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