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FAQs for Echo360’s Active Learning Platform

Week 1 of Session 2 2017 saw the roll out of the Echo360 system upgrade to the Active Learning Platform.

Here’s the top 15 Staff FAQs and top 9 Student FAQs about your upgraded lecture capture software:

Staff FAQs

The first function of the Echo360 Active Learning Platform lecture recording. It facilitates the automated capture and online delivery of lectures through iLearn. Additionally, academics can upload recordings from desktop capture software or video files. The platform is also capable of live streaming lectures from over 100 teaching spaces across campus. Finally, the platform provides features aimed at making lectures more engaging through real-time and interactive student polls and quizzes.

Timetabled lectures that match these conditions are setup to automatically record;

  • The lecture is in a venue that supports Echo360 automated capture. See the Rooms and Facilities Guide.
  • The lecture is described as ‘lecture’, ‘seminar’ or ‘lectorial’ in the timetable. Classes described as ‘tutorial’ or ‘workshop’ etc. are not automatically recorded.
  • Only the first lecture for each topic is recorded, not repeat lectures of the same topic.

Recordings automatically commence 3 minutes past the timetabled start hour and stop 3 minutes to the concluding hour.

Lectures matching the above conditions do not require any prior booking or request. Any variations to recordings schedules or requests to make additional recordings can be made here.

In the majority of venues, the recording will include microphone audio and the displayed / projected image. A few venues are only capable of producing audio recordings. Some venues contain installed video cameras, however these are not automatically recorded unless by request through One Help, however, if live streaming is enabled, and venue contains camera, it will be automatically enabled. A list of venues and their automated Echo360 recording capabilities is available at the Rooms and Facilities Guide.

The system automatically records lectures from over 100 theatres and classrooms across campus for students to access through iLearn. Academics can additionally upload videos files and create desktop capture recordings. The Echo360 Active Learning Platform desktop capture software can be used to create recordings in any location that does not support automated recording.

Check the Rooms and Facilities Guide. Automated recordings are possible from any venue listed as;

‘A’ (only audio capture possible)
‘SC’ (desktop/screen image + audio)
‘SCV’ (desktop/screen + audio + video camera)

Live streaming is possible from any venue listed as ‘SC’ or ‘SCV’ on this page (venues listed as ‘A’ cannot live stream);

Any venue can be used to deliver interactive presentations as these features are web based and do not require the recording technology mentioned above. The interactive presentations are accessed through any browser on each participants own device. Network / internet connectivity is required.

Live streaming is possible from any venue listed as ‘SC’ or ‘SCV’ on the Rooms and Facilities Guide. Live streaming can be enabled for units and events by One Help request.

Live streaming gives students flexibility to remotely access the lecture live in addition to watching the recording anytime afterward. To maximise student engagement, you can combine live streaming with the use of interactive presentations and the student Q&A feature. Students can now watch and participate in real-time, adding value to the live streamed lecture.

Delivering a live stream is similar to making an automatic lecture recording, they automatically commence 3 minutes past the scheduled starting hour and stop 3 minutes to the concluding hour. In the theatre or classroom, simply use the AV system to project your presentation and use any of the available microphones to amplify and live stream your voice and the voice of anyone else speaking or asking a question in the room. Use the AV touchpanel to check the ‘recording mute’ function is not inadvertently left on (the button flashes if switched on) during your lecture as this will also mute the live stream content. AVTS x7571, can assist with the setup and use of the venue AV facilities at anytime your require assistance during the lecture.

If you choose to run any online interactivity such as quizzing and polls along with live streaming, it’s important be aware that there is a broadcast delay of up to a few minutes for student viewing remotely. So always add approximately 1 min of extra time before ending and closing a quiz to give live stream viewers enough time to participate and submit their answers.

The Echo360 Active Learning Platform can be used to deliver interactive presentations to students. A lecturer prepares a presentation which includes slides containing quizzes and polls, then during a lecture students participate by answering the quizzes and polls using their own devices. Results are gathered in real-time and displayed during the lecture. These features are useful for encouraging student engagement and gauging student comprehension of topics while delivering lectures. See the interactive presentation guides for more information, including a short 5 minute highlight video. 
You may want to review the analytics and Q&A in the Active Learning Platform throughout Session as students watch the recordings. Students may pose questions to the lecturer or flag slides they find confusing.

Guides and instructions for using the Echo360 Active Learning Platform are available at;

Bandwidth: Recordings typically consume 700MB of data per hour viewed. Live streams typically consume 1.5GB of data per hour viewed. Participating in interactive presentations where students do not play videos on their devices require much smaller amounts of data as the content comprises mainly of static images. A typical interactive presentation without a video component may only require 10MB of data.

Devices: A laptop or mobile device is required for students to participate in interactive presentations. Ensure you have adequate battery charge as only some theatres provide power under seats for charging. Presenters can use any PC provided with the lectern or bring their own laptop. The platform is accessible through any browser on Mac and PC and through a mobile device browser. An app can be used for mobile devices (excluding watching live stream video lectures) please see FAQ for information relating to the Echo360 app.

Flash for Live Streaming: With the exception of iOS browser, flash is required to live stream video lectures. To test if you have flash installed and for information on how to enable flash in your browser click here.

Each user including students, has access to a personal library where videos can be upload and shared to either another users library (such as a convenor) or shared to anyone using a URL. Convenors may ask that students upload video assignments then submit the URL to an iLearn assignment activity, forum, email address etc.

Information on using the Echo360 Active Learning Platform for student video submissions is available at;

For staff;

For students;

You can view recordings and participate in interactive presentations on mobile devices.

For live streaming only iOS is currently supported by accessing through the mobile safari browser. Live streaming is not currently available on any device through the Echo360 app.

To access the platform without installing the app, access iLearn and the Echo360 Active Learning Platform through your mobile devices browser. Using this method for playing back recordings works well on a mobile device. Using this method for participating in interactive presentations may not work so well, depending on the size of mobile device’s screen and the complexity of the interactive presentation, you might find the interface constrained and difficult to navigate as the interactive presentation features are not optimised for access through mobile browsers.

The second option is to download the Echo360 Active Learning Platform app, available for iOS, Android and Windows10. This allows you to access recordings and also participate in interactive presentations in a more user friendly interface than a mobile browser. To ensure your units show up in the app you must first use a browser (can be a mobile browser) to login to iLearn and click the Echo360 Active Learning Platform link in each iLearn unit you are enrolled in or convene. Simply clicking the Echo360 Active Learning Platform link in an iLearn unit once will ensure the unit becomes accessible to you through the mobile app.

To download the app for your device click here.

For a unit to show up in the app, you must first access iLearn using a browser (can be a mobile browser) to click the Echo360 Active Learning Platform link at least once for each unit you are enrolled in. After clicking each Echo360 Active Learning Platform link in iLearn, reopen the app and each course should appear.

Staff assigned to an iLearn unit as tutors are not given access to create and deliver interactive presentations, however this can be manually enabled for any tutors that wish to use the platform to deliver interactive presentations. Access the platform as convenor or lecturer and view the platforms settings > instructors page. Type in the email address of any tutor you wish to give full access to. If an error is displayed, first delete the tutor from the settings > students page then try add the tutor as an instructor again. Click here for more information.

It is important to note that a unit is provided with a single Active Learning Platform ‘space’ each session within which all recordings and interactive presentations will appear listed together. To distinguish between presentations intended for different tutorial groups or lecture streams you can provide descriptive titles and provide specific times and dates so that students know precisely which presentation to access during their lecture or tutorial.

Pedagogical considerations:

You may want to think about how ALP can support or hinder the interactivity in a tutorial. A few starting points here:

  • Clicking through slides requires someone to stand at the lectern, so consider how and when you move through the classroom while you present the slides. Teachers tend to walk around more in tutorials.
  • Consider how you use groups and set up groupwork. For example, you could set up group discussions and then get groups to submit their answers to a short answer activity on ALP, or assign different tasks to different groups throughout the session, e.g. group A submits an answer, group B responds to questions in the Q&A forum.
  • Directing your students in a small tutorial to look at their computer screens may create an artificial and unnecessary barrier to interact with each other. As a teacher, this may mean that students will not look at you while you speak and therefore not give you non-verbal cues (via body language) to confirm if they are following and understanding what you are saying. Consider how comfortable you are with this situation and if using ALP makes sense in any given context.

A unit is provided with a single Active Learning Platform ‘space’ each session within which all recordings and interactive presentations will appear listed together. A separate space for different student groups is not possible. Since all groups will see the same list of presentations and recordings, it would be useful to distinctly title and date each listed presentation/recording to allow students to distinguish which are intended for them to access.

Yes, live streaming and automated recording are available from many city campus classrooms.

See the Rooms and Facilities Guide.

Student FAQs

Lecture Recording, Live Streaming and Interactive Presentations.

The first function of the Echo360 Active Learning Platform lecture recording. It facilitates the automated capture and online delivery of lectures through iLearn. Additionally, academics can upload recordings from desktop capture software or video files. The platform is also capable of live streaming lectures from over 100 teaching spaces across campus. Finally the platform provides features aimed at making lectures more engaging through real-time and interactive student polls and quizzes.

Timetabled lectures that match these conditions are setup to automatically record;

  1. The lecture is in a venue that supports Echo360 automated capture.  See the Rooms and Facilities Guide.
  2. The lecture is described as ‘lecture’, ‘seminar’ or ‘lectorial’ in the timetable. Classes described as ‘tutorial’ or ‘workshop’ etc. are not automatically recorded.
  3. Only the first lecture for each topic is recorded, not repeat lectures of the same topic.

Recordings automatically commence 3 minutes past the timetabled start hour and stop 3 minutes to the concluding hour.

Lectures matching the above conditions do not require any prior booking or request. Any variations to recordings schedules or requests to make additional recordings can be made at here.

In the majority of venues, the recording will include microphone audio and the displayed / projected image. A few venues are only capable of producing audio recordings. Some venues contain installed video cameras, however these are not automatically recorded unless by request through One Help, however, if live streaming is enabled, and venue contains camera, it will be automatically enabled. A list of venues and their automated Echo360 recording capabilities is available at the Rooms and Facilities Guide.

Guides and instructions for using the Echo360 Active Learning Platform are available at;

Each user including students, has access to a personal library where videos can be upload and shared to either another users library (such as a convenor) or shared to anyone using a URL. Convenors may ask that students upload video assignments then submit the URL to an iLearn assignment activity, forum, email address etc.

Information on using the Echo360 Active Learning Platform for student video submissions is available at;

For staff;

For students;

Bandwidth: Recordings typically consume 700MB of data per hour viewed. Live streams typically consume 1.5GB of data per hour viewed. Participating in interactive presentations where students do not play videos on their devices require much smaller amounts of data as the content comprises mainly of static images. A typical interactive presentation without a video component may only require 10MB of data.

Devices: A laptop or mobile device is required for students to participate in interactive presentations. Ensure you have adequate battery charge as only some theatres provide power under seats for charging. Presenters can use any PC provided with the lectern or bring their own laptop. The platform is accessible through any browser on Mac and PC and through a mobile device browser. An app can be used for mobile devices (excluding watching live stream video lectures) please see FAQ for information relating to the Echo360 app.

Flash for Live Streaming: With the exception of iOS browser, flash is required to live stream video lectures. To test if you have flash installed and for information on how to enable flash in your browser click here.

You can view recordings and participate in interactive presentations on mobile devices.

For live streaming only iOS is currently supported by accessing through the mobile safari browser. Live streaming is not currently available on any device through the Echo360 app.

To access the platform without installing the app, access iLearn and the Echo360 Active Learning Platform through your mobile devices browser. Using this method for playing back recordings works well on a mobile device. Using this method for participating in interactive presentations may not work so well, depending on the size of mobile device’s screen and the complexity of the interactive presentation, you might find the interface constrained and difficult to navigate as the interactive presentation features are not optimised for access through mobile browsers.

The second option is to download the Echo360 Active Learning Platform app, available for iOS, Android and Windows10. This allows you to access recordings and also participate in interactive presentations in a more user friendly interface than a mobile browser. To ensure your units show up in the app you must first use a browser (can be a mobile browser) to login to iLearn and click the Echo360 Active Learning Platform link in each iLearn unit you are enrolled in or convene. Simply clicking the Echo360 Active Learning Platform link in an iLearn unit once will ensure the unit becomes accessible to you through the mobile app.

To download the app for your device click here.

For a unit to show up in the app, you must first access iLearn using a browser (can be a mobile browser) to click the Echo360 Active Learning Platform link at least once for each unit you are enrolled in. After clicking each Echo360 Active Learning Platform link in iLearn, reopen the app and each course should appear.

Further Reading – We’ve compiled lots more information on Active Learning Platform here, covering past Teche articles, how to watch recordings of past workshops and information on the Session 1 pilot.

For any other Echo360 Active Learning Platform related questions, either post a comment here, or submit a One Help ticket.

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