EchoVideo: Active Learning Platform - Using the Classroom Tools and Viewing Analytics


Publishing your EchoVideo to Canvas. There are various ways to give students access to your videos and publish to Canvas whether you publish your media to an EchoVideo course or use EchoVideo's the media embed tool with the Rich Text Editor. Explore how you can publish your media stored in your EchoVideo Library.

When you request an EchoVideo course, you're using the Active Learning Platform (ALP), this page discusses using Classroom engagement tools and viewing video analytics for your classes and students. When you first start using EchoVideo, you are merely providing recorded lectures for your students to watch whether they are pre-recorded or a Live Stream class. Using EchoVideo in your teaching accommodates all students, increases student retention, decreases failure rates, and fosters student engagement. 

EchoVideo 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 or recording in a Classroom, you MUST request EchoVideo course each term. 

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Using the Classroom Tools 

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. 

The Classroom toolbar inside of a EchoVideo course via a class allows students to take part in discussions freely alongside their peers or anonymously 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. Explore the EchoVideo Classroom Player for Instructors. 

  • Notes: When students take Notes it creates a study guide that they can review, edit, or download. Notes are time stamped which takes them back to the location where took there notes.
  • 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 EchoVideo 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.
  • Explore our "EchoVideo Student Guide using the Classroom Tools."

The tools available for 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

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.

  • 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.
  • Confusion Flags and Least Engaged Students:  If students have marked any content as confusing, you will see the number of flags for the specific class media (video or presentation slide). You can view Confusion flags and see the least engaged students inside your Course > Analytics. 

View sample image of the Discussion panel and where to see Classroom Confusion Flags:

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 EchoVideo 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 EchoVideo library.

You can embed polling in a video within a Canvas content window, add it to EchoVideo 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. In a live classroom you can answer questions and monitor student questions.

If are new learn what happens when are Live Streaming your classes and what to expect during an Live Stream with EchoVideo, the Live attendance button (two-person icon) in the classroom toolbar shows the number of students watching your Live Stream, when you click on the button you will see a list of who is attending the live stream. Lastly, you can view who was present after class in your EchoVideo Library and see how many times students have accessed a recording. 

Class and Student Analytics 

Instructors gain insight on whether students are succeeding, struggling, or not engaged from the Analytics Dashboard. The built-in "Analytics" are gathered automatically by EchoVideo's platform, you will see data for each class or student. 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 EchoVideo.

Viewing Analytical Data

Exporting Participation Points to Canvas. You MUST export an EchoVideo class with polls otherwise it exports as 0% to the Canvas grade book.
Grading with EchoVideo. It's best practice to hide EchoVideo from the Course Navigation in Canvas (Course settings>Navigation). If students watch the recording from the Classes list page in an EchoVideo 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 often, could be confusing or interesting content. The video view heatmap icon works in the EchoVideo Classroom (sample image below) and in your library

Echo360 Class Showing the Heatmap

EchoVideo Mobile App

The EchoVideo Mobile app is a free app an extension of the Active Learning Platform where you can view lecture recordings, upload videos recorded on your mobile device, or record a video on demand from your device. Explore using the mobile app as an Instructor. 

  • 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).


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