Echo360 ALP: Active Learning Platform (Overview) - Publishing media to a course

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/share 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). View our Echo360 Classroom Player for Instructors for a walk through of the interface. Students access Echo360 course content from the tab in Canvas's left menu, however they can be added to Modules (advanced method).

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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.


Active Learning Tools Foster Student Learning

In each class, within your Echo360 course, you can create an inclusive learning environment, its up to you what you want to utilize in your teaching. Echo's Active Learning Tools allow instructors to access student analytics and engage learners, while also reinforcing a students' understanding of material being shared.


Echo360 Classroom Student to Instructor

Confusion Flags

  • Ask students to flag content confusing when they don't understand a topic, so you will know if you need to re-teach a subject.
  • All flags are time stamped and you can view the number of confusion flags in each class.

Q&A and Discussion

  • Add questions to elicit responses from students on a topic.  While watching a video or viewing a Live Streamed class, students also can ask a question and reference a timestamp of the location on the video.
  • Questions or responses can be posted anonymously by students, the instructor(s) will always see who is the author of the post, and they can see all questions and responses from the Q&A tab.
  • A question or response can receive endorsements using the thumbs up icon.

Analytics

  • View a graphical overlay of the most watched portions of a video.
  • Gain insight on whether students are succeeding, struggling, or not engaged from the Analytics Dashboard. 
  • Provides an overview of all participation in the course, view a particular class, or by the student.
  • Instructors can export participation points to the Canvas grade book.

 ASR Transcripts and Captions

  • Students can view a transcript, and can search or read along, while watching the video. The transcript syncs with the audio being spoken, or a screen reader can read the transcript.
  • Instructors can enable Closed Captions on a video when the transcription is compliant. Like a transcript, students can read the closed caption, or a screen reader can read it to them. 
  • Instructors are responsible to review and edit transcripts once processed, it is machine generated with ~90% accuracy.

Using Polls in Echo360

  • Upload a Presentation as supplemental material:
    • You can add a presentation (PowerPoint/PDF) to a scheduled/Live Stream recording before class begins. Embed polling questions to create inclusive content, hide the polling slides until you are ready for students to see them. 
    • Embedded polls in a presentation allow you to add and remove slides, control availability, and show results. All polls created in Echo360 are reusable.
  • Upload a Video with Embedded Polls:
    • Embed polling slides in a video to check for student understanding. Videos with polls can be embedded in Canvas or uploaded to an Echo360 course.
    • Students are allowed to only answer the poll once before they can continue watching. 

Notes and Bookmarks

  • Students can take digital Notes which are time stamped and correspond to the spot within the video or slide number of where Notes are taken. When a Note is clicked on it directs them to the location. All Notes taken by a student create a personal Study Guide allowing them to quickly review or download their notes.
  • Students can bookmark important locations in a video or a presentation so they can find them quickly later. The bookmarks will show in the Notes panel with a time stamp location, when clicked on it takes them to the location(s) they bookmarked.

Echo360 Course (Classes List page)

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

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: Class titles should be short and concise. Scheduled classroom recordings default to the course name, we recommend to rename your class so students can find what the recording 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 ask questions, participate in Discussion, take digital Notes, flag content they find confusing, or bookmark locations in a video or presentation slide to review later. If transcript is available they can read along or search for a keyword while watching a video, etc. Captions can be enabled by the instructor, learners can choose how they want to view the media.

Note: If your media has been unavailable by you, students will receive this message, "Looks like content has not been added to this class" this is normal behavior, once the media is made available they will be able to access the media you are sharing with them. 

Using the Classroom Tools as an instructor

Engage your students get them to interact with the media being shared in Class or with their peers.  Hold synchronous or asynchronous Q&A sessions,  as the instructor you can create questions for students to answer or the students can pose questions to you about class content. In a live classroom you can answer questions and monitor student questions. Learn more on adding Q&A and Discussion sessions to your class in Echo360.

Course and Student 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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