Echo360 ALP - Active Learning Platform (Engagement and Analytics)


When you request an Echo360 course, you're using the Active Learning Platform (ALP), at a basic level and are providing media for your students to stream whether its on demand (pre-recorded) or a Live Stream class. Using Echo360 in your teaching accommodates all students, increases student retention, decreases failure rates, and fosters student engagement. Echo360 gathers usage analytics for the content shared to a class, whether a video or a presentation slides, or both. Instructors gain insight on whether students are succeeding, struggling, or not engaged from the Analytics Dashboard. Instructors can export participation points to the Canvas grade book. 

If you intend to use the Active Learning Platform, you MUST request Echo360 course each term. For a walk through of the Classroom interface and its player controls, view our Echo360 Classroom Player for Instructors.

How to share content to an Echo360 course: 

IMPORTANT NOTE: ALL Echo360 section links will need to be redone because they break when importing Canvas content to other courses. If you embed your media in Canvas using the Echo360 easy embed button, all content imports successfully.


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Using the Classroom Tools 

The Classroom toolbar inside of a Echo360 course via a class allows students to take part in discussions, ask a question, bookmark content, take notes, flag confusing content, and read or search a transcript within a recording. 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 study guide that they can review, edit, or download. Notes are timestamped and refer back to the location where took them.
  • 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 publicly 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.
The tools available to Students to Instructor are similar with slight differences see image below

Echo360 Classroom Toolbar Comparison from Students to Instructors

Using Q&A and Discussion in a Course Classroom

  • Participating in Discussion and Course Q&A can be synced to a video or presentation and correlate to a specific location. During a Live or Asynchronous class, you can see the student responses, the number of thumbs up and comments to a discussion. A red circle indicates the question is unread. Students can submit or respond to a discussion publicly or anonymously. Instructors will always see the student name from the Q&A tab. If students have marked any content as confusing, you will see the number of flags for the specific class media (video or presentation slide).

    View sample image of the Discussion panel:

    echo360 course class Discussion panel
  • Monitor the classroom for student questions, responses, or other relevant posts. 
  • Monitor a course using the Q&A tab inside of the Instructor Dashboard. You can review or respond to any discussion posts and responses made in any class.  A red badge will indicate new questions have been asked, a red circle next to the question indicates the question is unread by you. 

    echo360 course Q & A tab interface

Add Interactive Media or Polls in Presentation

Within your Echo360 course, you can add polls to a presentation or embed them in a video (known as interactive media) to check for understanding. Polls are reusable and saved in your Echo360 library.

You can embed polling in a video within a Canvas content window, add it to Echo360 class, or you can add polling questions to a presentation.

Live Stream Class

When presenting a Live Stream class you can use the classroom tools to interact and engage your students. During an Echo360 Live Stream Class, there is a Live attendance button (two-person icon) in the classroom toolbar. You will be able to see the number of students watching your Live Stream, clicking on the button provides a list of who is attending the live stream. You can view who was present after class in your Echo360 Library.


There is built-in "Analytics" broke down into sections for your videos and presentations. You can see the overall engagement in "Classes", see who has watched or participated in the classes in "Students". You can set "Weighting" for your course, identify "Engagement", with the ability to export student scores from "LMS Gradebook" to Canvas. To see Analytics for ALL course or embedded media, check out the Analytics tab inside of Echo360.

Viewing Analytical Data

Exporting Participation Points to Canvas. You MUST export an Echo360 class with polls otherwise it exports as 0% to the Canvas grade book.
Grading with Echo360. It's best practice to hide Echo360 from the Course Navigation in Canvas (Course settings>Navigation). If students watch the recording from the Classes list page in an Echo360 course; the points won't be gathered.

Video View Heatmap

In the classroom playback bar, you can view a graphical overlay on a video that allows instructors to see where students have watched the most. The video view heatmap icon works in the Echo360 Classroom and in your library




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Thu 12/16/21 9:05 AM
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