Lecture recordings

Lecture recordings

The Echo360 Active Learning Platform is the University's lecture recording system. The platform includes other features your lecturer may use to make lectures interactive, with in-class activities such as polls and quizzes. The platform also includes useful features such as a place to write your private study notes, the ability to bookmark parts of a presentation and a Q&A discussion section within each presentation.  In most cases the audio and presentation screen is recorded (microphones may pick up audio from across the lecture room) and in some rooms a camera view of the presentation area is available.

Access

Check your iLearn unit for the Echo360 Active Learning Platform link to access lecture recordings and participate in interactive presentations and live streams if your lecturer is running them.

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Lecture Recordings

Lecture recordings made throughout semester will appear as they are created on the class list, typically available within 2 hours of the actual lecture completion. Some units may have a list of recordings already at the start of semester while others may provide supplementary recordings throughout semester.
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  • If a listed class is displaying the video icon click the recording title to open as a stream. If you prefer to download the recording click the video icon on the right of the class list and choose ‘download original’.
  • A listed class may only contain static presentation slides rather than a recording and these are shown with the presentation icon. Some classes contain both a recording and a presentation. Student_Echo3
  • A recording may consist of only audio, but most will include the presentation display. Some recordings may also contain a separate slide windows which you can flip through at your own pace and may also contain quiz and poll slides which were either used during the lecture, or may be open for you to answer while watching the video (see Interactive Presentation feature below).
  • Use the volume control to adjust or mute audio level.
  • Use the playback controls to play/pause and skip through a recording.
  • Use the playback settings to change quality (lower the quality setting if you are experiencing dropouts in playback). You can also adjust the playback speed faster of slower.
  • Select the notes icon to take personal study notes. You can access notes for review anytime again in the future.
  • Select the Q&A icon to view or respond to discussions. Select the “New Question” icon to submit a question to the discussion. Q&A submissions are visible to other students and any instructors active in the Q&A section. Questions can be posted anonymously to fellow students however your lecturer will be able to see your name. The Q&A feature may not be enabled for some units.

Guide - For more information on viewing recordings

Guide - For information on downloading the recordings rather than streaming

Live Streaming

Units may opt to live stream lectures in addition to recording. Live streaming may also be used in conjunction with interactivity such as live polls and quizzes allowing you to watch and participate in the lecture.

  • Commenced live streams are listed with green icon. Click the current live stream from the list to open.
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  • 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”.
  • The live stream consists of the presenter’s microphone audio and the displayed presentation. The live stream may include video camera footage. Some live streams may also contain a slide deck which you can flip through at your own pace and may also contain quiz and poll slides which you will be prompted to answer during the live stream.
  • 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. This option may not be enabled in some units.
  • Q&A submissions are visible to other students and any instructors active in the Q&A section. Questions can be posted anonymously to fellow students however your lecturer will be able to see your name.

Technical considerations

  • 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
  • iOS devices are supported for live streaming however android devices are not.
  • 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.

Guide - For more information on watching live streams

Interactive Presentations

Your lecturer may use the platform to run in-class quizzes and polls. Your lecturer will prompt you to login to iLearn and open Echo360 Active Learning Platform on your own device where you will be able to answer quizzes and polls and view other presentation slides your lecturer has chosen to share.

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  • Use the arrow buttons to navigate through the slides. You lecturer may choose to hide certain slides until a certain point in time during the lecture.
  • Participate in quizzes and polls throughout the presentation by clicking on or typing in answers and submitting. Poll results and correct answers will be shown within each interactive slide.
  • Take personal study notes for later review and bookmark important slides.
  • Flag any confusing slides. Your lecturer will see a total count of students that found a particular slide confusing.
  • Select the Q&A icon to view or respond to discussions. Select the “New Question” icon to submit a question to the discussion. Q&A submissions are visible to other students and any instructors active in the Q&A section. Questions can be posted anonymously to fellow students however your lecturer will be able to see your name. The Q&A feature may be disabled in some units.

Guide - For more information on using interactive presentations

Helpful Tools and Features

The Echo360 Active Learning Platform contains several tools and feature that you can use along with viewing recordings, watching live streams and participating in interactive presentations.

Watch this short video for an overview of useful tools and features

Guide - An overview of tools and features

Guide - Private study notes

Guide - Viewing and posting in the Q&A section. Remember, Questions can be posted anonymously to fellow students however your lecturer will be able to see your name);

Guide - Flagging confusing content and bookmarking

Guide - Personal study guide containing your notes and bookmarks

Student Video Submissions

Your convenor may decide to use the Active Learning Platform to receive video uploads from students. Your convenor will provide you with information on which video sharing method you should use for and where URLs should be pasted in for viewing or grading.

It's important to note that the Active Learning Platform does not provide recording software to students or a means to create the original video file. The actual recording will have to be done by other means outside of the Active Learning Platform so speak to your convenor about this requirement.

Method 1 – Uploading and sharing video with your convenor

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  1. Log in to iLearn and access your unit.
  2. Click the Active Learning Platform block link.
  3. Within the Active Learning Platform, click LIBRARY
  4. From the library page click UPLOAD CONTENT
  5. Select a video file from your computer to upload. Wait for upload and processing to complete.
  6. When the video thumbnail appears under My Content click the show menu icon and select Share.
  7. Type in the email address of your convenor or lecturer and click SHARE.

Method 2 – Student upload and sharing video via publicly accessible URL

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  1. Log in to iLearn and access your unit.
  2. Click the Active Learning Platform block link.
  3. Within the Active Learning Platform click, LIBRARY
  4. From the library page click UPLOAD CONTENT
  5. Select a video file from your computer to upload. Wait for upload and processing to complete.
  6. When the video thumbnail appears under My Content click the show menu icon and select View.
  7. Click the SHARING tab. Click ADD PUBLIC LINK.
  8. Ensure AUTHENTICATE is switched off
  9. Click the Link URL to copy it. The URL can be pasted anywhere as instructed by your convenor or lecturer such as a forum (for other students to view) or in an assignment submission (for formal grading) or emailed.

Further Help

Please raise any issues using the Echo360 Active Learning Platform through OneHelp.

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