What is Echo360?
Echo360 is primarily used as our Lecture Capture system and allows tutors to digitally record lectures (as audio/video, screen captures or over PowerPoint slides) and to make the recordings available for you to view online through Moodle. Please note that not all lectures will be recorded and available online. For more information on which modules are available, please speak to your department directly.
In this guide:
- Accessing lecture recordings
- Interacting with lecture captures
- Study Guide
Each of the summaries below links to more information on the comprehensive Echo360 support pages. You can go directly to these using the links in the box on the right.
You can access the recordings in Moodle through the Lecture Capture block which appears on the right-hand side of the Moodle module space.
Click on the lecture capture block to open the Echo360 classroom. This shows you the list of recordings (Classes) that have been made available to you for this module.
Each recording has a name and a date and they are usually listed in chronological order, though your tutor may change the order if necessary.
Recordings that are available for the module have a play button to indicate the status of the recording.
Click on one of the available class recordings to open it in the Echo360 viewer and use the play , rewind and fast-forward buttons at the bottom to control playback.
Lecture Capture offers a number of active learning tools to help you engage with the captures which include note-taking, bookmarking and flagging.
When viewing a video, you can take notes directly in the browser which will appear with timestamps making it easier for you to return to specific points later on. You can also download your notes.
- Access the capture you wish to take notes for via the Echo 360 block on the module's Moodle page.
Once viewing a specific capture at the top of the window there are three icons. One for note-taking, bookmarking and flagging confusion.
- Click the note-taking button, a tab will open on the right of the page for you to type your notes in. You can also place bookmarks using the bookmark button at the top of this panel.
- Click on the Download link which appears at the top of the notes section to save a copy of your notes. Note that the download is in .txt format and includes the capture title, date and timestamps for all notes and bookmarks making it easier to revisit points.
Use the bookmark icon to bookmark a video location or slide. The bookmark will appear in your Study Guide allowing you to return to a specific location and review the materials later.
Use the flag to record that you are confused by what was discussed in the recording or to indicate that you have a question about the presentation to support your tutor in providing clarification later.
If the class has both a video and a presentation, you can select which one you found confusing. Click the flag a second time to mark both items.
- Access the capture you wish to take notes for via the Echo 360 block on the courses Moodle page
- Click the flag button found at the top of the page.
Teachers may embed questions in videos which they will expect you to answer. Questions will pop up during playback of the video and you will be required to choose and submit your answer in order to continue watching.
Echo360 organises your notes and bookmarks into a smart study guide that you can use to review and study for an assessment.