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.

View this short video on Live Streaming and the interactive features of Active Learning Platform.

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

If you have chosen to live stream any of your lectures this session, click on the  Echo360 block in your iLearn unit at the scheduled time of the lecture to participate in the live stream. All lectures, including those that are live streamed will also be recorded and made available after the lecture through the Echo360 block in iLearn.

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 and android devices are NOT supported for live streaming
  • 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

Echo360 ALP Universal Capture software installation

  1. Go to any of your iLearn units and click the Echo Active Learning Platform block.
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  2. Click the Settings menu and select Downloads.
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  3. Select the Mac or Windows version to download.  The installer must be run locally so save the file to your computer.
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  4. Locate the downloaded installer file. It should be located in the Downloads folder.
  5. On the warning message that appears, click Open.
  6. Once the installer is launched, follow the prompts to complete the installation.
  7. The Echo360 Universal Capture icon Ucapture3 will appear on your desktop.

Login to Echo360

  1. Click the Echo360 Universal Capture icon and click on Click here to login.
  2. Enter your staff email address.
  3. Enter Macquarie University as the institution and click Submit.
  4. You will be prompted to enter your MQ OneId.
  5. When prompted click Open link.

Capture a recording

The first thing you need to do before you start recording is to configure your screen to record what you would like to capture.

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  1. Audio - select the audio device you would to use from the available options.
  2. Decide what you would like to capture from the Left Panel.
  3. Decide what you would like to capture from the Right Panel
    1. To capture your desktop and your face through the webcam
      1. Set the left panel to Display 1
      2. Set the right panel to Webcam
    2. To capture your face only through the webcam
      1. Set the left panel to No Input
      2. Set the right panel to Webcam
    3. To capture your desktop only
      1. Set the left panel to Display 1
      2. Set the right panel to No Input
  4. Troubleshooting for MacOS machines.  MacOS requires all applications to additional require individual user permission to be able to record the Desktop (Display).  Refer to this Allow access to Inputs in MacOS guide from Echo360.
  5. Click the pencil icon or title to launch the Capture Details dialog box.  Enter a Title, add a Description or Tags and leave the Publish To field as Library.
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  6. Click the Record button.  A count down appears on your screen and the Universal Capture window minimizes and the capture begins.  A recording needs to be at least 15 seconds long (even after all the edits have been done) to save the recording.
  7. You can now Pause the recording for any reason, then Resume when you are ready.
  8. When you are done, click Finish.
  9. Click the X to cancel the recording.
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  10. Once you have stopped the recording it will automatically upload to the Echo360 Active Learning Platform.
  11. Click the link to view the recording.
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Edit and Share - Desktop Recordings with Echo360 Active Learning Platform

Edit your recording

There is two ways to access and edit your Universal Capture recording.

  1. Once you have stopped the recording it will automatically upload to the Echo360 Active Learning Platform and it will appear in your web browser.
  2. Click the Edit video icon.
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  3. Or, from your iLearn unit click the Echo Active Learning Platform block.  Click the Echo360 icon in the top left corner and click My Content.
  4. Locate your uploaded recording.  Hover your mouse over the recording and click on the three dots and select Edit Media.
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  5. The media editor consists of three main functional areas:
    1. Player – play recording at any time, with any edits applied
    2. Tool Kit – access help, enter specific timecode for precise play head placement, undo, redo, delete clip and zoom in/out of timeline
    3. Timeline – shows trim handles, scissors/cut video, play head current location, timeline of recording, audio and video channel/s
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  6. Click on the play button to view the recording.
  7. Click the left trim handle (in pink) and drag to desired starting point on the timeline. 
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  8. For more precise trim, use the zoom levels to increase accuracy.
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  9. When you locate the beginning location of the segment you want to cut or enter the timecode, click the Scissors.
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  10. Move the play head marker to the end location of the segment you want to cut, click the Scissors.
  11. Click in the area between the cuts to select it (this will also move the play head into that area; ignore it).  Click Delete to temporarily cut that segment from the video.
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  12. The segment turns grey to indicate it is no longer part of the playback.
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  13. Repeat step 9 to 12 for each segment you want to remove from the video.  Remember these cuts are temporary until you save your changes.
  14. To undo the last action, click on the Undo button.
  15. Keep using the Undo button until all actions have been undone as required.
  16. If necessary, you can use Redo, if you accidently undo too many actions.
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  17. To undo ALL cut segments, click on Restore.
  18. The last step is to apply the edits, where all the cuts will be removed.  Click Save As and save the file as a new name or add Edited to the title.  If you don’t change the name the original and edited file will have the same name and you won’t know which one to share.

Share the recording

To share or submit your recording as an assignment please see the information under Student Video Submissions on this page.

Student Video Submissions

Your convenor may decide to use the Active Learning Platform to receive video uploads from students, perhaps for an assignment. 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.

Echo360's Universal capture software is available to students to create screen and webcam recordings for assignment submissions. Follow the instructions on this page titled "Echo360 ALP Universal Capture software installation" if you would like to use the software to record.

Method 1 - Echo360 Video Assignments via iLearn editor

Submitting a video file

  1. Login to your iLearn unit and select an assignment.
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  2. Click Add submission.
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  3. In the editor toolbar click the Echo360 icon.
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  4. Click Upload Existing Media and click Select Media. Use the options to browse for and select the video file or connect to a storage service if your video file is hosted there.
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  5. Find the video on the list and click Insert. If you have uploaded videos to Echo360 before or uploaded using Echo360 desktop capture software or the Echo360 app they will also appear on this list, so take care to identify and insert the correct video.
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  6. Click Save changes. Do not edit the text contained in the editor.
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The video has now been submitted for grading. You can close the tab or return back to iLearn. You may notice the video is not immediately viewable while it is being processed by Echo360, but rest assured that after a short time it will be visible to your convenor. If you do wish to see the video after it is processed, you can return back to assignment page at a later time or refresh the webpage until the video displays. As a guideline, a video 5 minutes in length may take 5 minutes to process and display, a 30-minute video may take about 30 minutes before it can be played.

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Method 2 - Student upload and sharing video via publicly accesible URL

  1. Log in to iLearn and access your unit.
  2. Click the Active Learning Platform block link.
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  3. Within the Active Learning Platform, click the Echo360 logo in the top left.
  4. Click Upload.
  5. Select a video file from your computer to upload. Wait for upload and processing to complete.
  6. Click My Content.
  7. Click the thumbnail for the video just uploaded. You can complete the following steps even whilst the video is being processed.

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  8. Hover your mouse over your uploaded video and click on the 3 dots and select Share.
  9. Click the Links tab and click Add Link.
  10. Ensure Public access is enabled.
  11. Click the Link URL to copy it. The URL can be pasted anywhere as instructed by the convenor such as a forum (for other students to view) or in an assignment submission (for formal grading) or emailed.

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Embedding Echo360 videos in a Forum post

  1. In iLearn create or reply to a forum post.
  2. In the message editor click the blue Echo360 icon.
  3. A dialogue appears. To embed video which already exist within your Echo360 library choose From my Home to list your videos.  Select a video in the list and click Insert.
  4. Alternatively, you can upload a video file by choosing Upload Existing Media or launch Universal Capture to start a new recording by choosing Create New Media.  Once the recording or file upload is complete, you can then select it for embedding.


    After selecting and inserting any video, red text which included the video’s title will show in the forum message editor.  Do not modify this text or its underlying URL.  You can however type a message on the prior or preceding line and this will appear along with the video embed in your forum post.
  5. Click Save at the bottom of the page to complete the forum post.

Echo360 app for iOS, Android and Windows10

  • The Echo360 app can be used to stream or download completed recordings for offline viewing within the app. You can download recordings while you’re on campus or using your home WiFi, then watch them later when you may not have good 3G/4G reception or do not want to use up mobile data.
  • The Echo360 app can also be used to participate in polls and quizzes if your lecturer is conducting them through Echo360.
  • Please note that at this time the Echo360 app cannot be used to view live streams (only playback completed recordings).
  • To display your study unit within Echo360 you must first access ilearn.mq.edu.au (using a browser) and click the Echo360 link in each iLearn unit you want to be displayed in the app.

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  • Download the app for iOS, Android and Windows10 devices;
    https://support.echo360.com/customer/en/portal/articles/2877359-echo360-mobile-apps

Further Help

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

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