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titleEcho360 Updates

The Echo360 Resource Center is a place where you can learn more about instructional capture technology and how to integrate the techniques into your curriculum.

If you are interested in using Echo360 for your classes, please fill out a HelpDesk Ticket.

Update:

Echo 360 has been updated to a cloud server with a brand new User Interface.

To access this please go to echo360.org, Click "Log in via Institution" click North Park University and log in.

Here is some more information regarding the new echo360:
http://help.echo360.org/#t=Instructor_Guide%2FWorkflow_Overview.htm

http://echo360.com/learning-center

 

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titleLinking to Canvas

There is also a very easy way to link your class in Canvas to your class in echo 360:

Once in your Canvas course:

1. Locate Echo360 link in the course menu.

2. click on it and choose your course, Term, and Section

3a. If you want to link to your course select "Section Home"

3b. If you want to link to a single video select the name of the video

4. Select "Link Content"

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titleImportant

To make sure echo is on and recording please turn on the classroom either by plugging in your laptop or selecting a source on the rooms ipad controller

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titlePersonal Capture

To use Personal Capture you will need to uninstall your current version, and follow the instructions for Windows or for Mac

Download Links:

Mac

Windows

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titleAd Hoc Capture
For information regarding AdHoc Captures, click Echo360 Capable Rooms (Ad Hoc Capture)
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titleVideos

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Echo360 Explained

Echo360 Blended Learning

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Echo360 For Instructors

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titleLinking to Moodle

There is also a very easy way to link your class in moodle to your class in echo 360:

Once in your Moodle course:

1. Turn editing on.

2. Click Add Resource and click on General tool under External tools.

3. Enter an Activity name

4. For External tool type select Echo360 Active Learning Platform.

5. View the rest of the options.

6. Click Save at the bottom.

7. After the link has been created, click on it and choose your course, Term, and Section

8a. If you want to link to your course select "Section Home"

8b. If you want to link to a single video select the name of the video

9. Select "Link Content"

 

 

 

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titleGetting Started in Echo

Getting Instructors Started

This guide helps you use Echo360 to enhance the learning moment whether it happens before, during, or after class.

To get started, your administrator must create an Echo360 user account for you. Complete your registration by following the link in the email you receive.

When you log in to Echo360, you see the DASHBOARD and can start working with your course material and engaging your students.

REMINDER: Instructors and students may already be populated in your courses based on LMS integration. Or you may create and/or link your Echo360 courses to your LMS yourself.
If you're not sure, contact your administrator for more information about the LMS integration at your institution.

When you first set up a course in Echo360, your administrator must add you to the course. You can then add students to the course.

Typical Workflow for an Instructor

Here is a high-level summary of how to start using Echo360 as an instructor:

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titleEditing Videos

Editing Videos

Echo360 provides a basic video editing function, allowing you to make cuts and trims to video content as needed. In addition, you can make changes and save them to the original video, or you can make changes and Save As.

Save As creates a copy of the video with the changes you made. The user performing the Save As function also becomes the owner of the edited copy of the video. If necessary (and you are an Admin) you can change the owner of the video copy to an instructor.

IMPORTANT! CHECK PUBLISHING INFO BEFORE SAVING CHANGES!!
Any changes you apply to a video will also appear in ALL published (or shared) versions of the video. Publishing (or sharing) simply provides links to the original content. When you edit that content, you change the content being delivered via those links. If desired, you can Save As after making edits. This creates a copy of the video that you now own, but which is not published anywhere.

If you are an Instructor, you can select to edit videos from your Library page or from the Class List page. If you are viewing the content details page for the video, use the Edit video icon located in the top right corner.

If you are an Administrator, you can select Edit video from a capture's chevron menu in the completed captures list, or click on a completed capture and select the Edit video icon from the content details page.

To edit a video

  1. Find the video you want to edit, and select Edit video from the chevron menu, or click the Edit video icon from the content details page.
    The video opens in the editor window.
    Video editor with buttons and playback controls as describedImage Modified
  2. Editing a video consists of the following basics (editing functionality is described in detail below):
    • Use the playback controls to find specific locations to mark.
    • Use the Make cut button to mark the location of the playhead.
    • Select a segment between cut marks (or between one end of the video and a cut mark), and use the Delete/Revert (they change depending on status) buttons at the bottom of the editor to make that change to the video.
  3. Repeat the above steps as needed to delete segments and/or revert deleted segments to active.
  4. Use the buttons across the top to complete your editing and process the video with your changes. These buttons apply to the video as a whole and work as follows:   
    • RESTORE - Reverts all changes ever made to the video and restores the original video file. This option is only active if you open a video that had previous edits applied to it.
    • SAVE - Applies the changes you've made to this video. These changes are reflected in the playback bar on the editing screen; gray segments are deleted and blue segments are retained.  
    • NOTE: After Save, the changes are applied to all published (and shared) versions of this video. Once processed, the edited version replaces the original version in all locations.

    • SAVE AS - Creates a COPY of the video with your edits. In addition, you are now the owner of the edited copy, regardless of whether you were the owner of the original video or not.
  5. To exit without making or saving any changes, click the back arrow in the top left corner of the video editing screen.

Processing Occurs Immediately: After selecting to Save, Save As, or Restore, the processing of your changes begins immediately, however processing may take some time to finish, depending on the video length and number of edits. This means two things:
 1) Students or other users will not see the edited version until processing is complete.
 2) You should not try to re-edit the video until the initial changes are processed.

Using the video editing tools

The video editor allows you to trim the ends and cut segments from the video. You can review the changes to the video, playing it with the cuts in place, prior to making your changes permanent.

Review/Playback the video

Use the playback controls to play the recording. If you have made cuts in the recording, the playback will skip the cut areas, so you can see how the edits affect the final product.

The figure below shows the playback controls, and has the current location of the playhead identified, both as the timed location, and within the playback bar itself.

bottom of video editor with playback controls and playhead and timer identified as describedImage Modified

Cutting segments from the video

Cutting segments in the video editor involves identifying each end of the cut, then selecting to make the cut. All cuts are temporary until you choose to Apply Edits.

Once the cuts are in place, you can review the edited video in the window. The playback head will skip over any cuts so you can see how the recording will look when it is published.

Moving the playhead marker - There are three ways to place the playhead marker in a specific location:
-- Play the video and pause it where you want to apply a cut
-- Click and drag the playhead marker in the playbar to the location for the cut
-- Hover the mouse over the playbar, then click in the playbar to the location for the cut

To cut a segment from the video

  1. Put the playhead marker at the beginning location of the segment you want to cut.
  2. Click MAKE CUT.
  3. Move the playhead marker to the end location of the segment you want to cut.
  4. Click MAKE CUT.
  5. Click into the area between the cuts to select it (yes this also moves the playhead into that area; ignore it).
    Notice that the selected area in between the two cuts changes to a lighter color than the rest of the playbar, as shown in the below figure.
    video editor showing segment to delete from the videoImage Modified
  6. Click DELETE to temporarily cut that segment from the video.
    The cut segment turns gray, to indicate it is no longer part of the playback.

Repeat these steps for each segment you want to remove from the video. The below figure shows a video with multiple cut segments. Remember, these cuts are temporary until you save your changes via Apply Edits.

edit video playbar showing multiple cuts removed from video as describedImage Modified

To trim the ends of the recording

  1. Put the playhead marker at location where you want the video to start.
  2. Click MAKE CUT.
  3. Click into the area preceding the cut (the current beginning section of the video) to select it.
    Notice that the selected area changes to a lighter color than the rest of the playbar.
  4. Click DELETE.
    The opening segment turns gray to indicate it is no longer part of the playback.
  5. Move the playhead marker to the location where you want the video to end.
  6. Click MAKE CUT.
  7. Click into the area immediately following the cut (the current end section of the video) to select it.
    Notice that the selected area changes to a lighter color than the rest of the playbar.
  8. Click DELETE.
    The end segment turns gray to indicate it is no longer part of the playback. This is shown in the above figure.

To revert cut segments (undo cut deletion)

  1. Click into a gray cut segment on the playbar.
    Notice that the DELETE button changes to REVERT.
    video editor with cut section to restore to the videoImage Modified
  2. Click REVERT.
    The segment returns to the same color as the rest of the playbar to indicate it is again part of the playback.

 

 

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titleGetting Started in Echo

Getting Instructors Started

This guide helps you use Echo360 to enhance the learning moment whether it happens before, during, or after class.

To get started, your administrator must create an Echo360 user account for you. Complete your registration by following the link in the email you receive.

When you log in to Echo360, you see the DASHBOARD and can start working with your course material and engaging your students.

REMINDER: Instructors and students may already be populated in your courses based on LMS integration. Or you may create and/or link your Echo360 courses to your LMS yourself.
If you're not sure, contact your administrator for more information about the LMS integration at your institution.

When you first set up a course in Echo360, your administrator must add you to the course. You can then add students to the course.

Typical Workflow for an Instructor

Here is a high-level summary of how to start using Echo360 as an instructor:

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titlePersonal Capture

Personal Capture Guides

Echo360 Personal Capture is a stand-alone application that runs on either Windows or Mac, and allows you to create recordings to supplement your in-class materials.

Our goal is to keep the application simple and clean. Creating recordings is as simple as selecting the inputs and clicking Record. You can edit the recording if you want, then publish the recording to a class. YOU select which recordings are published, meaning you can create as many recordings as you want, select the best one for class, and delete the rest.

Once published, the recording is available to students, or you can configure availability on a schedule if you prefer.

Please refer to the following topics as appropriate for further information and instructions:

 

IMPORTANT: You must have a direct Echo360 login to publish PCAP recordings. If you typically access Echo360 through an LMS or by logging in through your Institution's portal, you may need to establish a direct Echo360 login to use the App.

Network considerations

A network or internet connection is NOT necessary to use Personal Capture to record or edit a capture. You will, however, need connectivity to upload and publish any captures to Echo360.

When you select to publish a recording, you are asked for your Echo360 login credentials. Once provided, these tells Personal Capture who you are and what courses you can select to receive the published capture. In addition, all uploaded personal captures appear in your LIBRARY page, for future use or sharing with other classes or individuals.

 

If you require direct access to the recorded media files, they can be found at:

  • Windows: C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Echo360\Personal Capture\recordings
  • MacOS:
  • Recordings: /System/Users/{user}/Documents/Echo360/Personal Capture/recordings
  • Backgrounder binaries and input/output folders: /System/Users/Shared/echo360
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titleWorking with Content

Working with Class Content

Classroom content includes not only the captures generated during classes, but can also include other presentations or videos uploaded for students. This content can be added or removed, or can be made available or unavailable on a pre-determined schedule.

For information and instructions, see the topics in this section, which include:

In addition, you may want to review the following topics for additional information about working with classroom content:

 

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titleAnalytics

Understanding Course and Student Analytics

The ANALYTICS tab for a course/section provides information and feedback regarding student engagement and classroom participation. Hover over a metric label for a brief description of the value being shown.

Instructors can view analytics for all classes in a course, for individual classes, and student engagement information about students for the whole course, or students for a single class. These analytics are filtered by engagement, attendance, content views, questions asked, notes taken, and overall participation.  

Instructors customize what engagement means to them. They can select preset engagement profiles or customize individual metrics to achieve meaningful engagement scores.

See What do the analytics mean? for a detailed description of each of the tracked metrics, and how to view and interpret them for both classes and students.

Analytics for LIVE classes - There are some student participation statistics that cannot be applied or are tracked differently for live-streamed classes, because Echo360 has no concept of a "time stamp" of a live-stream. For example, "video views" apply to a processed video, not to a live-stream. If the student views the capture of the class again later, they will get credit for a video view. The graph (shown below) identifies time or location stamps for student activity in the class, but a live-stream doesn't have a trackable "time" until the capture is processed and published as a video. Notes word counts are tracked, as well as questions and responses. Activity participation and Presentation views are counted for any presentation also published to the class.

To access course and student analytics:

  • From the DASHBOARD, click ALL CLASSES for the course you want to see, then click the ANALYTICS tab.

The selections on the left side of the page allow you to select to view analytics for Classes or for Students.

Clicking Engagement lets you customize the "importance" of certain aspects of participation, depending on what is most important to you as the instructor. This can help you identify which students are not active in the way you want them to be.

top section of analytics tab with left menu selections as described

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titlePersonal Capture

Personal Capture Guides

Echo360 Personal Capture is a stand-alone application that runs on either Windows or Mac, and allows you to create recordings to supplement your in-class materials.

Our goal is to keep the application simple and clean. Creating recordings is as simple as selecting the inputs and clicking Record. You can edit the recording if you want, then publish the recording to a class. YOU select which recordings are published, meaning you can create as many recordings as you want, select the best one for class, and delete the rest.

Once published, the recording is available to students, or you can configure availability on a schedule if you prefer.

Please refer to the following topics as appropriate for further information and instructions:

 

IMPORTANT: You must have a direct Echo360 login to publish PCAP recordings. If you typically access Echo360 through an LMS or by logging in through your Institution's portal, you may need to establish a direct Echo360 login to use the App.

Network considerations

A network or internet connection is NOT necessary to use Personal Capture to record or edit a capture. You will, however, need connectivity to upload and publish any captures to Echo360.

When you select to publish a recording, you are asked for your Echo360 login credentials. Once provided, these tells Personal Capture who you are and what courses you can select to receive the published capture. In addition, all uploaded personal captures appear in your LIBRARY page, for future use or sharing with other classes or individuals.

 

If you require direct access to the recorded media files, they can be found at:

  • Windows: C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Echo360\Personal Capture\recordings
  • MacOS:
  • Recordings: /System/Users/{user}/Documents/Echo360/Personal Capture/recordings
  • Backgrounder binaries and input/output folders: /System/Users/Shared/echo360