COVID-19 Resources for Echo360
Need to get setup with Echo360 in a hurry? Check our these resources!
Getting Started Guide - this guide has all the basics! Information on how to setup the Echo360 link in your Canvas course, how to upload videos, and how to manage your content in Echo360.
Using Zoom with Echo360 - instructions for how to get your Zoom recordings into Echo360.
Reusing Videos in Echo360 - if you've used Echo360 for lecture recording in the past, this guide details how to reuse your old videos.
Using Echo360's Universal Capture - a step-by-step guide for how to access and use Universal Capture. Universal Capture lets you record your screen and mic, creating videos right on your computer!
Adding Echo360 Content to Canvas - information on where you can place Echo360 content in your Canvas course
Troubleshooting Echo360 Issues in Canvas - if you have trouble accessing Echo360 videos in Canvas, this guide offers steps you can take to remedy the issue
This service goes by a few names at CWRU: Echo360, Echo, MediaVision Courseware, MVCW, MediaVision— they all refer to the same service! Echo360 is the lecture capture platform that is used to provide automated and semi-automated course recording. Videos in Echo360 are accessed through Canvas, making it convenient to find and view videos.
In addition to capturing lectures in select classrooms across campus, Echo360 offers instructors a storage location for their video content. With the Zoom integration, recordings from Zoom can quickly be shared with classes. Echo360 supports basic video editing functionality, generates automated transcripts, and provides view analytics.
As for playback, Echo360 offers as variable-speed playback, quality controls, and supports captions. There are also interactive tools for students, such as note-taking, Q&A, and the confusion flag.
The final piece of Echo360 is Universal Capture. Universal Capture allows instructors to create voice, camera, and screen recordings from their own computer. These captures can then be shared directly with users or published into a Canvas course.
Echo360 is mainly used for lecture capture in classrooms around campus that are equipped with recording equipment. Once a lecture has been recorded, it is uploaded to Echo360 and becomes available to everyone enrolled in the class via Canvas. From there, students use the recordings to study, revisit confusing concepts, and complete their notes. Echo360 offers unique features for collaboration, such as time-stamped discussions and a Q&A tool, which allows instructors and students to connect over video content.
Faculty also utilize Echo360 as a video storage option by uploading their videos to Echo360. These videos can then be linked to or pulled directly into Canvas courses. This has been used with great success for flipped classrooms; for example, an instructor has created 100+ micro-learning videos to use throughout the semester. Echo360 hosts all of these videos and lets students access them straight from Canvas, making it easy to find exactly what they need.
Echo360's Universal Capture software is also used at CWRU, particularly for make-up lectures, guest speakers, and recording things on screen (such as PowerPoints). Any time a quick video needs to be made, Universal Capture is a great option! It records your computer screen, video camera, and microphone into one complete video. From there, the video can be uploaded to Echo360 and made available to your viewers.
There is also an integration between Zoom and Echo360, that automatically uploads Zoom cloud recordings into your Echo360 account. This makes it easy to store recordings for longer than the default 180 days in Zoom, while also making it a breeze to share recordings with your class.
While we strive to create Echo360 courses for each semester before the semester begins, instructors may wish to work in Echo360 before their Echo360 course has been created; currently, instructors cannot create new courses in Echo360. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com for this initial setup.
If you are interested in using Universal Capture, please download it at one of the following locations:
- By enabling the Echo360 link in your Canvas course and selecting "Downloads" from the gear icon at the top right of the page
- By navigating to echo360.org and selecting "Downloads" from the gear icon at the top right of the page
- From the Echo360 Downloads page
To record your own content to host on Echo360, you'll just need your CWRU Network ID and password to login. To record content to host on Echo360 and share in Canvas, you'll need an Echo360 course created. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com if you don't see the course you would like to use, and we'll get it created for you.
Here's what you should know about using Echo360:
- There's more to Echo than just the recordings! Explore the analytics, Q&A tool, and more!
- Instructors cannot create new courses in Echo360. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com for this initial setup.
- Echo360 only works in browsers that have third-party cookies enabled. If you see any error messages, try checking your cookie settings or switching browsers.
Here are some tips for using Universal Capture:
- Universal Capture only works on computers; it isn't available for tablets or phones.
- Just like any video you plan to make, prepare beforehand! Write out a script, remove distractions, close all extra programs, have your materials ready to go, and practice.
- Universal Capture offers an offline mode, so you can create videos without an internet connection. Once you connect to the internet, your content will automatically sync to Echo360 on the web.