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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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:
Active Learning Tools
For staff who is new to use classroom tools, we recommend practising ahead of time
We suggest the following considerations:
- Student interactions using the confusion flag or in a Q&A forum may be too challenging to monitor while delivering your lecture. We suggest that you address the top liked questions or most "confused" slides at the start of the class, during a break and after the class. This is to encourage students to answer the rest.
- Anonymous posts by students are not anonymous to the instructor.
Students can use Bookmark tool to save particular section of the recording.
Interactive Slides are various activities that students can participate during the lecture which is helpful to measure students' understanding and increase student engagement during lectures.
There are six types of activities available: Multiple choice, Pooling, Short Answer, Image Quiz, Ordered List and Numerical Quiz.
For detailed add interactive slides instructions, visit Adding Interactive Slides.
To add interactive slides:
- Login Moodle, navigate your class list and click Add Presentation.
- Click Create a new presentation.
- At the top right, click Add Activity and select which activity you want to add.
- Add the question, answers and upload images where appropriate.
For more information about the showing results functionality, please visit Showing interactive slide results in class.
A step by step video guide:
During the lecture, students can raise any questions using the Discussion panel. Here are some features of this tool:
- These questions can be viewed and answered by either lecturer or students.
- Students can endorse the questions they want answered by using the "thumbs up" icon, to give lecturers an idea which ones should be responded to.
- These questions can be anonymous to peer students but not to instructors.
- If you click on a question or comment in the Discussion panel, the student who posted it will be revealed.
To access the Discussions panel:
- Navigate to your course in Echo360 and click on the current lecture.
- At the top of the page, click the Discussions panel icon . The panel will appear on the right side of the screen, showing the questions that were posted in the current class.
- You can create a new question or comment by clicking New Question .
For more information, visit Monitoring Q&A Discussion .
You can view the slides your students are struggling to understand using this tool.
During the lecture, students can click on the Confused flag to mark any slides they do not understand. You can also obtain detailed information on the Confusion flag with the Analytics tool.
When viewing the lecture slides, you will be notified when the confused flag is raised as the icon is highlighted at the top of the page.
- There would be a delay in your notifications when students raise the flag.
- Remind your students to post a comment or question in the Discussion panel to explain exactly why they have raised a confused flag.
For more information, visit Flagging and Bookmarking Content .
The analytics of a course is calculated by measuring the engagement of students with 6 different components including Attendance, Video views, Presentation views, Q&A, Notes and Activities. The weighting of these 6 components can be adjusted on the ALP site. Data from this feature helps instructors decide on the following:
- Important elements of the class
- What caused students to engage more
- What interested students the least etc.
To view the Analytics tool:
- Navigate to your course in Echo360.
- Click Analytics on the top right of the page and select which data you want to view.
For more information, visit Understanding Analytics .
This tool helps you to encourage your students to take detailed and organised notes using the Notes tool.
While students can take notes using their own applications, the Notes tool will provide advanced features such as matching notes to the corresponding slides and recording timeline as well as being accessible from multiple devices.
For more information, visit Taking Notes in Class .
Here are library features:
- Presentations that you upload are automatically added to the library.
- Lecture recordings and edited recordings are automatically added to the library.
- Content that you manually upload into the library can be published into one or more classes as needed.
The library can be sorted and filtered in many ways that will make content easier to find. By clicking on the left-hand navigation menu, you can filter the view to show certain categories of lecture recordings:
- All content: shows all lecture recordings
- My content: only shows lecture recordings that you have created
- Shared with me: only shows lecture recordings that have been shared with you
The courses view will display a tile for each course that you are enrolled in. Clicking on a course tile will bring you to the Class List page for that course.
All content views can be sorted. Click on Sort by and you can choose the sort order and criteria.
Search and Filter
A combination of Search and Filters will make it easy to find specific items in your library.
Hover over the content, click the dropdown menu and you will see More Actions.
View Info & Details
Click View in the Action Menu to go to a media Info page. This view provides all pertinent information about the content and you can take further action about it.
Edit lecture recordings
Echo360/LR+ provides a basic video editing function, allowing you to make cuts and trims to video content as needed.
To edit a video, please follow steps below:
1. Click on a Video tile in your Echo Content Home page to open the Content Details page.
2. Click the Edit Media option located below the preview panel.
3. Editing a video consists of the following basics:
- Use the playback controls to find specific locations to mark.
- Zoom in/out for a more precise view of the video.
- Use the Top and Tail buttons to trim the ends of the video.
- 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 button to make that cut to the video.
- Click-and-Drag the Trim Handles to edit segments of the video.
- Undo/Redo to revert or restore edits.
- Use the Source and Speed controls to switch between video tracks and speed up/slow down playback.
4. Process the video with your changes
- RESTORE: Reverts all changes 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. Once processed, the edited version replaces the original version in all locations.
- SAVE AS: Creates a COPY of the video based on your edits and you are now the owner of the edited copy.
A step by step video guide:
For more details, please visit the edit my recording page.
You can control whether students can download a lecture recording within Settings. Downloading is enabled by default. For detailed steps, please visit the enable/disable download page.
Editing your slides
To edit a slide:
1. Click on a Presentation tile in your Echo Content Home page to open the Content Details page.
2. Click the Edit Media option located below the preview panel.
3. Choose which types of slides you want to add by clicking on Add Activity or Add Slides at the top-right corner of the page.
For detailed information, please go to Edit a Presentation page.
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.
Accessibility - Best Practice Guide for Instructor
The following guide is provided in order to support Academic Staff to deliver content that is accessible to students who are living with a disability.
Students who have accessibility requirements will be registered with Equitable Learning Services. These students are required to provide their Equitable Learning Plan (ELP) to their Course Convenor early in the Term or shortly after registering. The ELP outlines the specific educational adjustments for the student. Academic staff who have any concerns about how to implement the Equitable Learning Plan should contact Equitable Learning Services on the details below.
Transcription and Captioning:
Please follow this guide to ensure your lecture materials can be transcribed by a third-party vendor, and meet current best practice guidelines for accessibility.
1. Lecture Recordings+ (Echo360):
If your lectures and seminars are held in an Echo enabled venue, the classes will be recorded automatically. (Not tutorials and labs are not recorded automatically). The recordings will be sent to the third-party vendor directly for transcription or captioning. Turnaround time is usually 48 hours.
If your lectures and seminars are not held in an Echo enabled venue, please speak to your faculty timetabling staff to change the venue. A list of Echo enabled venues can be found here: https://teaching.unsw.edu.au/unsw-lecture-recordings-venues
Due to COVID-19, classes are switched to online delivery only. You can use Echo Personal Capture to record your classes and publish them in Echo. If you record your lectures using other software, you will need to upload them to Echo so we can send the files to third-party vendor for captioning. More information about Personal Capture and how to upload your content to Echo can be found here: https://teaching.unsw.edu.au/recordings-advanced
If you are publishing past recordings, please make them available in Echo to the Third-Party vendor using the steps below.
Section Sharing past lecture recordings in Moodle: https://teaching.unsw.edu.au/recordings-start
2. Blackboard Collaborate Ultra (BBC Ultra):
Due to COVID-19, many tutorial classes have moved to BBC Ultra platform to allow two-way interactive communications with students. If you run your classes using BBC Ultra, please provide the guest link to your Equitable Learning Advisor so the third-party vendor can join the session and provide real time transcripts to your students.
3. Other teaching materials:
If your course has other supplementary resources like videos, images etc, please upload them to theBox so the content can be sent to third-party vendor to provide transcription.
Moodle content accessibility:
To ensure your content on Moodle is accessible, you can utilise Blackboard Ally tool to enhance accessibility of your content. Blackboard Ally is an additional service within Moodle which produces an accessibility score for each file you upload to your course. It automatically checks course materials against WCAG 2.0 accessibility standards. Ally provides guidance and tips for lasting improvements to your content accessibility.
Enquiries and support:
If you have any questions about accessibility, please contact:
ph: +61 2 8374 9201
For further information around educational adjustments:
If you have technical difficulties or questions about Echo360, Moodle, theBox or Blackboard Collaborate Ultra, please contact us on: