Echo360/LR+ offers a range of tools to encourage interaction of students with lecture content, with each other and with their teachers, before, during and after classes or in online learning.
Explore the characteristics of the range of tools listed below, how they can be implemented to support different learning and teaching scenarios and the benefits they provide.
Upload a PowerPoint/PDF to Echo360/LR+
To upload your files, please follow these steps.
1. In the class list in course page of Moodle or Echo360, for the upcoming class, Click the button.
2. Click Upload a file from the options and upload your presentation.
3. On the venue computer, access your UNSW Lecture Recordings+ link within your Moodle course and open the appropriate class.
Teaching with presentation slides
There are two options of using slides:
Uploading to Echo360/LR+
The slides will be visible to students, but you can hide certain slides of the lecture if you wish.
You will be able to view the analytics data about your presentation.
Note: Advanced PowerPoint functionality such as transitions, animations and other plugins is not supported.
Using the PowerPoint ribbon add-on for Windows
Only available for Windows, specifically for 2010, 2013, and 2016 versions of MS Office.
Instructors will be able to get the benefits of both services, either via a windows laptop, or via the windows podium computer, without switching in real-time.
Note: This add-on is not supported by Mac OS yet.
Signing into the Microsoft PowerPoint Echo ribbon
Once you have an Echo360 password set up, you may log in via the PowerPoint ribbon using your UNSW primary email address and your direct Echo360 password.
Live Streaming (For students)
Students can follow the steps to start the livestream:
- Click on Show Live Stream on the bottom left of the screen
- If you fall behind the livestream, you can catch back up to live by clicking on the icon in the bottom left
- It is highly recommended that you live stream a lecture using desktop or laptop computer.
- For the best experience, Chrome or Firefox browsers are recommended.
- Questions and Comments can be posted anonymously, so your name will not be visible to fellow students but visible to the instructor.
Downloading & Installing PCAP
1. In Echo360, click on the Settings menu on the top right of the page and click on Downloads .
2. Download the suitable PCAP version for your device.
3. Open the downloaded file and follow the prompts to install the program.
- .msi file for Windows
- .dmg file for Mac
4. Launch PCAP and use your zID and zPass to login to Echo360.
Universal Capture Personal Activity
Quick Start Guide:
Edit capture details (optional)
- Open PCAP and click Pencil icon or Untitled text at the top of the window to open Capture Details
- Edit your lecture recording details and then click Save.
Note: Only your personal library and courses you have access to are listed under Publish To pull down list.
Start a recording
- Select Audio Source
- Select desired Video and/or Display Source(s)
- Ensure previews are as expected
- Click Record, a countdown timer will display
- Recording control is available via keyboard shortcuts, the Echo360 menu in the taskbar (Windows) or top menu (Mac), or via the software itself
- Command/Control 6 provides pause and resume functions
- Command/Control 8 immediately stops recording and completes upload to Echo360
- Cancel (available only via the software user interface) cancels the recording and permanently deletes it, no record is kept.
- Click Stop (or alternatively: Finish Capture, or command/control 8)
- The software will indicate the capture is uploading
Using Live Stream
If you have previously installed PCAP, the new function will be available the next time you log into the Echo360. If it does not update itself, please restart the application.
To activate the Live Stream function, you need to enter the Capture Details:
- Enter a meaningful title indicating the date, time and duration of your lecture.
- You must choose a section from “Publish to” setting
- Click Live Stream checkbox and then Save.
- Once your Live recording has commenced, students can click on the Echo360 link and view the Live Stream of your presentation.
To run a successful Live Stream session, please
- Use wired internet connection but not Wi-Fi.
- Do a single stream recording – if multiple screens: use one screen only.
- Add the duration of your lecture in the title.
- Create a Label resource in Moodle with a table of your proposed lectures.
- Stop the recording when you complete your presentation.
- Must be online.
- Must select a Section for the recording. If a current Section does not exist, pls contact the ETS team via IT ServiceDesk
- Does not allow custom Capture Duration.
- Does not allow for scheduling to a venue.
- Recording/Class does not show for students until Record button is clicked.
Note: Sharing system audio is currently not possible. Echo360 is looking to potentially implement this feature in future.
A step by step video guide:
Universal Capture Personal FAQ
Q1:I cannot install PCAP on my UNSW Standard Operating Environment (SOE) machine.
A: You do not have admin right to install software on a SOE computer, please raise a ticket with IT via email firstname.lastname@example.org to install Univesal Capture.
Q2: What can I do if I get an error of opening PCAP as below?
A: It looks like a network configuration issue. Please disable your Firewall or enable http + https communications via System Setting and try to login again. If you still have problems accessing your content, please contact the IT Service Centre via email to email@example.com.
Q3: Why my recording is not available in my Echo360 library after I record a session via PCAP?
A: This may because you haven't login to PCAP. Please ensure that you have logined PCAP before you start recording. After you login the system, your name should appear on tht top right hand corner.
Q4: If Echo recordings in the venues are stopped in the future, will it impact my personal capture recordings?
A: No, recording in the venues and your personal recording are two separate services. There is no impact on your personal recording if we stop recording in actual venues. You can still create a class in Echo to upload your personal capture recordings or any other video files. To do this, please click on the ‘New Class’ button on the upper right hand corner as below:
Sharing and Publishing content
If your course has not opted for auto-publish, you can view the recordings and lecture slides. Furthermore, you can make them available to students. To share content, please:
- Navigate to your Library and hover over the content that you wish to share, click the dropdown menu
- Click Share and then set up your share settings.
Note: You can only share content that you have created or uploaded, available under My Content.
Embedding Echo360 Videos into Moodle with the “Embed Button”
Echo360 provides a content embed button (also called an "easy embed button") that appears in the toolbar of a content window, shown in the below figure.
This button provides the ability to:
Embed a video from your Echo360 My Content library directly into the Moodle content window.
Enter a URL link for a video in your Echo360 My Content library into the Moodle content window.
Upload a video then embed it (or provide a URL link) as a single process.
Create Media by launching Universal Capture, creating a capture, then embedding it as a single process.
The same button provides access to all three of these features. This button should appear in the toolbar for all content windows in Moodle. (e.g., adding Pages, Discussions, etc).
LMS-Embedded videos provide view data such as view counts and heatmap data, as shown in the Analytics tab of the media details page of the video. Furthermore, as long as the user is logged into the LMS, the views can be attributed to unique viewers and as such are counted as Unique Views in the analytics data provided.
The procedures below add a Page into a Topic segment of a Moodle course. You can add any element you like to hold the video into any type of course segment (i.e., you use Weekly format instead of Topic format for your courses), as long as the element contains a content window into which the video can be embedded.
Activating the “Embed Button”
To use the “Embed Button”, you must first activate the “Atto HTML Editor” in your Moodle Profile Preferences.
Select “preferences” from your Moodle Profile:
Select “Editor Preferences” Under the User Account list:
Select the “Atto HTML Editor” from the dropdown menu:
Embedding using the Echo360 “Embed Button” into a Content Window
The steps below are for selecting a video already resident in Echo360 for embedding into the content window. You must OWN the video you want to embed (it appears in the My Content tab of your Echo360 Home page) or you must be an Echo360 administrator with access to some set of videos in the system. If you need to add the video to Echo360 first, see the instructions later on this page.
You must OWN the video you want to embed (it appears in the My Content tab of your Echo360 Home page)
Log in to Moodle.
Open the Course in Moodle where you want to post the video.
If necessary, click the Settings icon for the course and Turn Editing On.
Find the Topic into which you want to add the page to display the video, and click Add an activity or resource.
Select the item to add. The figure below shows a Page being added to the course Topic.
Give the item a Name that identifies either the video you are posting or the purpose for posting it (extra credit, ancillary research, look at this cute puppy, etc.).
Scroll down to the Content section of the page.
The above steps are common to embed the following:
Embed an existing Echo360 video into a content window
Upload and then embed an Echo360 video into a content window
Launch Universal Capture: Personal to create media to embed into a content window
Insert a URL link to an Echo360 video into a content window
Private and Public Links
UNSW’s Echo360 platform now supports the ability to add Public and Private Links to your uploaded content.
When a video needs to be shared with a larger audience than a few classes or even just Echo360 users, a URL can be generated directly to the video, the link can then be posted anywhere you like.
An "embed code" can also be generated to surround the link, for embedding directly into a portal.
These Video Access Links can be Public, allowing anyone with the URL to view the video. Or they can be set to Private, requiring anyone who clicks the link, to log in to Echo360. Private means that only Echo360 users at your institution can view the linked video.
- Setting a video access link to Private means a user must log in to Echo360 to view it. LMS users who do not have a direct Echo360 login, will need to have already accessed Echo360 in some way (for example, to view a section). As long as they are already authenticated in Echo360 when they click the link, the link will work.
These Private and Public links together with the embed codes are best used to share your Echo content on a portal such as a website.
To share or embed your video content in the Moodle LMS, see the section on how to use the Echo360 Embed Button within Moodle.
Creating and deleting video links can be done from your Library, or from the Content Details page of your video.
Generate a public link to a video from your Library
Use the Filters and/or Search box to find the item you want to create a link for.
Hover over the media tile and click the Menu button.
Select Share from the media options menu, as shown in the below figure.
The Individual tab appears by default. Click the Links tab at the top of the modal to open the Links list.
The Links list may be empty, or may contain one or more links already generated for this media.
Click the Add Link button.
If there are no links yet for this media, the button appears in the center of the modal as shown above. If there are already public links to this media, the Add Link button appears below the list of links, as seen below.
A new link is immediately generated, and has fields and configurable options as follows:
Share link slider: When enabled (default), the link is active and anyone clicking the link plays the linked content. If deactivated (turn Share link slider off), the link itself remains valid but users clicking the link cannot view the content. This works to temporarily disable the link.
Description: Enter a description for the link. This is useful for identifying the purpose of the link or the location to which it is to be posted. The description is for your purposes only and does not appear outside of Echo360.
Start At: When enabled, allows you to set a 'starting location' for the video. Users can view the entirety of the video, but by default the video begins playing at the location you set.
Public access slider: When enabled (default), any person with the URL can view the video. Disabling this slider will require a user log into Echo360 to view the video (making access Private instead of Public)
Copy: Use the Copy button to copy the link URL to your clipboard for pasting into your desired location.
Embed: Use the Embed button to generate embed code to surround the link. This is described further in the next step.
Delete: Permanently deletes the URL and its relationship with the content. If the URL remains posted publicly, clicking it will return a content not found error, as there is no longer any association between the URL and the content.
CREATE MULTIPLE VIDEO LINKS:
Notice that after you create a link, the ADD LINKS button remains. This allows you to create additional public links with different properties as needed.
You can also create multiple different links for a piece of content. This allows you to configure different options for each link, for posting in different locations. For example, you may have an internal UNSW link that doesn't require authentication and an external public one that does. This allows you to post them in different locations, and to deactivate and/or delete one of them without affecting the other.
HINT: If you do generate multiple links for a single video, use the Description field to tell them apart.
Steps 1-6 above will be the same for:
- Embed an existing Echo360 video into a content window
- Upload and then embed an Echo360 video into a content window
- Launch Universal Capture: Personal Capture to create media to embed into a content window
- Insert a URL link to an Echo360 video into a content window
If appropriate, click EMBED to generate embed code around the link for embedding into an accommodating program or location (such as an LMS content window).
In the Embed link dialog box, you can select Size options for the embedded frame, as well as Autoplay and Automute options. Autoplay and Automute are OFF by default.
NOTE: If you enable Autoplay, Automute is also enabled; this is to accommodate browsers that do not allow for sound with autoplay content. You can enable Automute separately from Autoplay however.
Once the embed options are configured, click Copy to copy the full embed code to your clipboard for pasting to the desired location.
Click Done to close the Embed link dialog box and return to the Links list.
When finished generating links to the content, click Done at the bottom of the Share settings modal.
When you no longer need a public link to the video, click the Delete button for that link. Deleting a link is permanent. Remember that you can deactivate a link by disabling the Share link slider, in case a deletion is not appropriate. Deactivation retains the relationship between the link and the video but makes the video inaccessible via the link.
Embed an existing Echo360 video into a content window
After Step 7: Generate a public link to a video from your Library
Directly above the main portion of the content window, click the Echo360 icon, as identified in the above figure.
A dialog box appears with the Choose From My Home tab active, listing the videos you own, or for admins, the videos you have access to.
If you need to upload a video to embed, click the Upload Existing Media tab, and refer to the instructions later on this page.