Lecture recordings

Lecture recordings

At Macquarie, almost all lectures are available to you online via the Echo360 system. Accessed through iLearn, the Echo360 EchoCentre page allows you to listen to lecture recordings from your own personal laptop or mobile!

You can subscribe to your unit’s specific Echo360 Podcast feed and ensure that Echo360 recordings will be automatically downloaded whenever they are made available throughout the semester.

Macquarie also offers interactive lectures through the Active Learning Platform. This platform lets you participate in a lecture through interactive activities, slide navigation, note-taking and digital Q&A on your laptop or mobile.

Find out more about Echo360 and the Active Learning Platform in the quick guides below

Echo360

Student Guide

Accessing Echo360 lecture recordings

  1. Locate the Echo360 block in your iLearn unit and click on the Launch EchoCentre... link.
  2. The Echo Centre will appear.
  3. Select a recording from the list of available recordings in the left pane. The details and playback options for that recording will appear in the right pane.
  4. If the recording is a video, click on the Play button in the right pane. The EchoPlayer will launch and stream the video.
  5. If the recording is a video, a downloadable M4V version of the video may be available via the Vodcast link in the right pane. Downloadable MP3 versions of the recording are available via the Podcast link.

Not all recordings are video. In the case that recordings are audio-only, the EchoPlayer (streaming) and Vodcast version will not be available.

  1. RSS feeds links are displayed at the bottom of the Echo Center. The URL of these links can be used to subscribe to the RSS feed of the unit’s recordings.

EchoPlayer (for streaming video)

  1. Click on the Play button for a selected video recording. A new page will load.
  2. Click on the Play button again to launch theEchoPlayer.
  3. Configuration options available are:
    • Broadband - Is the highest quality playback available. Will also playback the secondary video window if the video is of a display + video type.
    • Dial In - Plays the video in a lower quality setting optimised for lower bandwidth connection.
    • Screen Reader - An accessible audio-only version of the recording optimised for screen reader programs.
  4. The recording will start playing.

Navigating the recording

You can navigate through the recording using the timeline and player controls along the bottom of the EchoPlayer. You can also control volume and visibility of the video window/s and the APPS window.

APPS

The APPS (Applications) menu extends the functionality of the EchoPlayer allowing you to go to a scene, bookmark scenes, search for keywords within a recording, and display information. To access the APPS menu click on the APPS button. A listing of all the different applications will appear.

Scenes

Scenes displays a list of thumbnails, which represent a point in the video where the image content has changed. It is most useful for PowerPoint type recordings where a static image changes when the slides are progressed.

  1. Click Scenes in APPS.
  2. Scroll down the list of thumbnails and click on the scene you would like to view.
  3. Click Applications to return to the APPS menu.

Info

  1. Click Info in APPS. 
  2. This lists information regarding the recording.
  3. Click Applications to return to the APPS menu.

Help

  1. Click Help in APPS.
  2. This lists the University’s IT HelpDesk information and keyboard shortcuts.
  3. Click Applications to return to the APPS menu.

Bookmarks

  1. Click Bookmarks in APPS. 
  2. Enter a description of the bookmark and click Submit.
  3. Bookmarks can be used to return to an exact location in the recording. The EchoPlayer remembers all your bookmarks, so when you return you can review bookmarks.
  4. Click Applications to return to the APPS menu.

 Only you can see the bookmarks you create.

 Search

  1. Click Search in APPS.
  2. Enter a search term and click Submit.
  3. Links to scenes, which contain that term, are displayed. Click on the thumbnail of a scene to go to that point in the recording.
  4. Click Applications to return to the APPS menu.

Search works by examining text throughout the video. Success in searching can vary depending on the size and font of the text presented throughout the video. Search will only pick up on text. As a result, a search may return no results even though the lecturer mentioned the searched term at some point in the recording.

Explore FAQs on the Echo360 Website for more information

Download Echo360 recordings as Podcasts

Find out how you can subscribe to your unit’s Echo360 Podcast feed. This method automatically downloads Echo360 recordings whenever they are made available throughout the semester.

  1. Log in to iLearn and access your unit’s Echo360 list via the Echo360 Block. 
  2. Scroll to the bottom of the Echo360 page and locate the RSS feed icon.
  3. Click or hover over the RSS feed icon to reveal the Podcast options. If the unit conducts screen capture recordings, a Vodcast link will also display.
  4. Click on the Podcast or Vodcast link. Podcast feeds will deliver MP3 audio version of each recording. Vodcast will deliver MP4 video screen captures.
  5. Different browsers will display the Podcast feed in different ways, however the important detail is the feed URL. For most browsers, this can be copied from the URL/address bar.
  6. The feed URL can be pasted into any program that accepts RSS feeds. This includes music player and sync programs, email programs and browsers.

Add the RSS feed URL to iTunes:

  1. Open iTunes and from the menu select Advanced then select Subscribe to Podcast…
  2. In the dialogue paste the feed URL copied in step 5 (above) and click OK.
  3. The unit’s Podcast feed will appear in the iTunes Podcast library.
  4. Click on the GET button for each recording to download individually or click the GET ALL button to download all available recordings.
  5. Use the Settings option for each Podcast to configure how often new recordings are sought and downloaded.

Active Learning Platform

Interactive Presentations

Your unit convenor may use the Active Learning Platform lectures. This will enable you to:

  • Navigate freely between slides
  • Participate in quizzes and polls throughout the presentation
  • Take notes and draw on slides
  • Ask questions digitally to the lecturer
  • Flag confusing slides
  • Bookmark important slides.

To access the Active Learning Platform:

  1. Your lecturer will set up a link in your iLearn unit.
  2. Click on this link to Active Learning Platform and the screen will appear.

Help and Support

A selection of relevant guides is listed below, however if you need further assistance or find an issue please email ilearn.help@mq.edu.au.

Student Guides

During Class – Participating
After Class – Review

View a Live Stream

  • Current live streams are listed and coloured green. Click the current live stream from the list.
  • If the live stream is due to start shortly, you will see a countdown timer. When the live stream has started click “show live stream”

Live Streaming Features

  • The live stream consists of the presenter’s microphone audio and the displayed presentation. The live stream does not contain video camera footage.
  • Press the “F” key to open the video full screen. Press the “ESC” key to exit full screen view.
  • Use the volume control to adjust or mute audio level.
  • Select the notes icon to take personal study notes. You can access notes for review anytime again in the future.
  • Select the discussion icon to view or respond to discussions.
  • Select the “New Question” icon to submit a question to the discussion.
  • Discussion questions are visible to other students and any instructors active in the discussion section. Questions can be posted anonymously to fellow students however instructors will be able to see your name.

Technical Requirements and Support

  • Flash plugin is required to view live streams. To test if you have flash installed and for information on how to enable flash in your browser please see; https://helpx.adobe.com/flash-player.html
  • Report issues using live streaming at http://help.mq.edu.au
  • Note that a typical 1 hour live stream consumes an average 1GB of data. Please be aware of your internet data allowances and caps. For best experience connect via strong and stable WiFi connection or wired connection. Experience may vary if using cellular data connection.
  • Unfortunately, Android devices are not supported for live streaming. Android devices can however playback completed recordings.
  • Recordings of the live stream will available via the ‘Echo Recordings’ link in iLearn. Please allow up to 2 hours from the conclusion of the lecture for the recording to become available.
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