Live, interactive and recorded lectures

Live, interactive and recorded lectures

The Echo360 Active Learning Platform is the University's lecture recording system. It facilitates the automated capture and delivery of recordings to students through iLearn. The system also allows academics to upload recordings from other sources such as desktop capture and provides features to enhance lecture presentations with interactivity including student polling and quizzes which can be run during lectures. Staff and students access the platform via the Echo360 Active Learning Platform block link in iLearn.  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.

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

Enabling Echo360 Active Learning Platform in your Unit

The Echo360 Active Learning Platform is accessed by staff and students through iLearn units. To enable the Active Learning Platform edit your iLearn unit page and add the ‘Active Learning Platform’ block. The link created will be used by staff to prepare and present interactive presentations, upload videos, edit recordings and their details and view analytics. Students will use the same link to view recordings, live streams and participate in interactive presentations.

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Engaging, Interactive Presentations

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The Echo360 Active Learning Platform can be used to deliver interactive presentations. Use the platform to prepare a presentation that includes slides with quizzes, questions and polls. During the lecture, ask students to participate by answering the quizzes and polls using their own devices. Results are gathered in real-time and can be displayed to students during the lecture. These features are useful for encouraging student engagement and gauging the level of student comprehension of topics while delivering a lecture.

After the lecture, you can review analytics including an overview of participation, down to individual student responses to each quiz and poll.

Lecture Recording Overview

The platform automatically records lectures from over 150 theatres and classrooms across campus. It is also possible to upload videos files and desktop capture recordings. The platform even provides desktop capture software which you can download and install to create and publish desktop and webcam recordings from home or office.

Automatic Lecture Recordings

Timetabled lectures that match these conditions are setup to automatically record;

  1. The lecture is in a venue that supports Echo360 automated capture.
  2. The lecture is described as ‘lecture’, ‘seminar’ or ‘lectorial’ in the timetable system. Classes described as ‘tutorial’ or ‘workshop’ etc. are not automatically recorded.
  3. Only first lecture delivered for each topic and not repeat lectures of the same topic.

Request changes and additional recordings at https://onehelp.mq.edu.au or http://ofm.mq.edu.au/recordings

In the majority of venues, the projected screen is captured along with the presenter’s voice. Some venues are only capable of producing audio recordings. Other venues contain an installed video camera, however video cameras are not automatically recorded unless by request at https://onehelp.mq.edu.au See https://staff.mq.edu.au/support/technology/audiovisual/rooms-and-facilities-guide for a list of venues and their automated recording capabilities.

Uploading Videos and Desktop Capture

You can upload video files to the Echo360 Active Learning Platform, and files are processed into standard formats and made available to students. Software called ‘Echo360 ALP Personal Capture’ can be downloaded from the Echo360 Active Learning Platform and installed on your desktop or laptop allowing you to create desktop / webcam recordings and upload these directly to the platform. See the guides below for information on installing and using the Personal Capture software.

Lecture Recording Guides

Automated recordings

Recordings automaticallycommence 3 minutes past the scheduled starting hour and stop recording 3 minutes to the concluding hour. To successfully create an automated recording scheduled in any of the supported theatres and classrooms, simply use the AV system to project your presentation and use any of the available microphones to amplify and record your voice. Use the AV touchpanel to toggle the recording mute function and check that it not inadvertently left on during your lecture. AVTS x7571, can assist with use of the venue AV facilities.

Echo360 ALP Personal capture software installation

Downloading and installing may require the assistance of your faculty IT support. If you are unable to install the software or require administrative privileges to do so, please lodge a support request at https://onehelp.mq.edu.au

For installation instructions please see;

Personal capture configuring, recording, edit and publishing

Uploading video files

If you have use an alternative desktop capture program of video software, export your video as a high quality video file in MOV, M4V, MP4, WMV or AVI format and upload it to the Echo360 Active Learning Platform;

Live Streaming

If the venue you are lecturing in is listed as ‘SC’ or ‘SCV’ on this list; https://staff.mq.edu.au/support/technology/audiovisual/rooms-and-facilities-guide

you can opt-in to live stream your lectures. The ‘SCV’ venues contain an installed video camera, which will record automatically. Requests to disable the video camera streaming and recording feature can be made through OneHelp.

Live streaming gives students the flexibility to remotely view your lecture live in addition to watching the recording on demand. To maximise student engagement, you can combine live streaming with the use of interactive presentations and the student Q&A feature. Students can now watch and participate in real-time, adding value to the live streamed lecture. Request live streaming at https://onehelp.mq.edu.au and note if you would like any installed video camera enabled.

Live Streaming Guide

Delivering a live stream is similar to an automatic lecture recording, they automatically commence 3 minutes past the scheduled starting hour and stop recording 3 minutes to the concluding hour. In any of the supported live streaming theatres and classrooms, simply use the AV system to project your presentation and use any of the available microphones to amplify and live stream your voice. Use the AV touchpanel to toggle the ‘recording mute’ function and check that it not inadvertently left on during your lecture as this will also mute the live stream content. AVTS x7571, can assist with use of the venue AV facilities.

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If you choose to enhance the live stream with an interactive presentation, follow the guides listed above for preparing and presenting an interactive presentation. Students in-class should be instructed to login to iLearn and open the current presentation listed in the Active Learning Platform.

In-class students can disregard and not click play on the live stream, but instead focus on the window containing the interactive polls and quizzes.

Students watching remotely will be able to see both the live stream (whatever you are projecting) and a window containing the interactive polls and quizzes.

Both groups of students can participate in the Q&A which allow students to ask and reply to questions throughout the live stream.

MAC - Capture Desktop Lecture Recordings with Echo360 Personal Capture Software

Echo360 ALP Personal Capture software installation

Downloading and installing may require the assistance of your faculty IT support. If you are unable to install the software or require administrative privileges, please lodge a support request through OneHelp.

For installation instructions please see the MAC guide.

The Echo360 Personal Capture icon  will appear on your desktop.

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.  The next screen is different for MAC and Windows machines.

  1. Click on the Echo Personal Capture icon to launch it.
  2. Click on Start Recording.
  3. Decide what you would like to capture.  Click on Configure.
    • Audio - select the audio device you would like to use from the available options
    • To capture your desktop and your face through the webcam
      • Set Video (Left) to Screen 1
      • Set Video (Right) to FaceTime HD Camera
      • Tick to enable FaceTime HD Camera
    • To capture your face only through the webcam
      • Set Video (Left) to FaceTime HD Camera
      • Set Video (Right) to None
      • Tick to enable FaceTime HD Camera
    • To capture your desktop only
      • Set Video (Left) to Screen 1
      • Set Video (Right) None

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  4. Click on Start Capture.  A count down will appear on your screen and it will then start recording.  A recording needs to be at least 15 seconds long (even after all the edits have been done) to save the recording.
  5. To stop the recording click on CMD and number 8.

Save your recording

We recommend that you give your recording a title and save the raw file and publish it into your Sandbox.  From your Sandbox you can edit the recording and save the edited recording with a new name so you always have the raw file to refer back to.

  1. Click on Publish Recording.  It will prompt you to login with your OneID.  You will only need to do this once on your machine.
  2. Select Personal Library so the file will save to your Sandbox.  Click on Next.
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  3. Enter a title for the recording, making sure you include Raw File or Original File in the title.  For example, Week 3 Lecture – original file
  4. Click on Publish.

Windows - Capture Desktop Lecture Recordings with Echo360 Personal Capture Software

Echo360 ALP Personal Capture software installation

Downloading and installing may require the assistance of your faculty IT support. If you are unable to install the software or require administrative privileges, please lodge a support request through OneHelp.

For installation instructions please see Windows guide.

The Echo360 Personal Capture icon  will appear on your desktop.

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.  The next screen is different for Windows and MAC machines.

  1. Click on the Echo Personal Capture icon to launch it.
  2. Decide what you would like to capture from the available options on the left.
    • Audio - select the microphone from the available options.
    • Primary Display - select desktop or webcam.
    • Integrated Webcam – select to record your face.
    • To capture your desktop and your face through the webcam.
      • Select Primary Display
      • Select Integrated Webcam
    • To capture your face only through the webcam
      • Select Integrated Webcam
      • Select None Selected
    • To capture your desktop only
      • Select Primary Display
      • Select None Selected

    Do not tick Auto Publish because you don't know where the recording will go. 

  3. Click on Record to start capturing.  A count down will appear on your screen and it will then start recording.  A recording needs to be at least 15 seconds long (even after all the edits have been done) to save the recording.
  4. To stop the recording click on Stop or press ALT and F6.

Save your recording

We recommend that you give your recording a title and save the raw file and publish it into your Sandbox.  From your Sandbox you can edit the recording and save the edited recording with a new name so you always have the raw file to refer back to.

  1. The listing of recordings will appear.  Hover your mouse over the recording and click on the publish icon.
  2. Enter a title, making sure you include Raw File or Original File in the title.  For example, Week 3 Lecture – original file
  3. In the Upload To field, select Personal Library so the file will save to your Sandbox.
  4. Click on Upload
  5. When the file has processed you will see that it is published to your Personal Library.

Edit and Publish - Desktop Lecture Recordings with Echo360 Active Learning Platform

Edit your recording

The following steps apply to both MAC and Windows machines.

  1. Login to iLearn and go into your Sandbox which is located under Other Units.
  2. Click on the Echo360 Active Learning Platform block.
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  3. From the Echo dashboard, at the top of the page click on Library.

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  4. A list of all your recordings will appear.  Locate your uploaded recording and hover your mouse over the recording and click on Edit Video from the dropdown list.

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  5. Click on the play button Pcapture10 to view the recording.  When you locate the beginning location of the segment you want to cut, click on Make Cut.
  6. Move the playhead marker to the end location of the segment you want to cut, click on Make Cut.
  7. Click into the area between the cuts to select it (this will also move the playhead into that area; ignore it).  Notice that the selected area in between the two cuts changes to a lighter colour that the rest of the playbar.
  8. Click Delete to temporarily cut that segment from the video.  The segment turns grey, to indicate it is no longer part of the playback.

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  9. Repeat steps 5 to 8 for each segment you want to remove from the video.  Remember, these cuts are temporary until you save your changes.

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  10. To undo individual cut segments, click on the grey cut segment on the play bar.  Notice that the Delete button changes to Revert.  Click on Revert.  The segment returns to the same colour as the rest of the play bar to indicate it is again part of the playback.

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  11. To undo ALL cut segments, click on Restore.

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  12. 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 publish.

Publish the recording

Once you have edited your recording you can publish to a class so your students can view it.

  1. From the Echo dashboard, at the top of the page click on Library.
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  2. Locate your edited recording and hover your mouse over the recording and click on Share from the dropdown list.
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  3. In the To a course field, use the drop-down list to select a Course.  This is the unit you would like to publish it to.
  4. In the Choose a Section field, use the drop-down list to select the session you would like to publish it to.
  5. Select whether to create a New class or publish to an Existing class.
  6. If you create a new class to hold the recording, enter the Class name, Start date, Start time and Duration.
  7. If necessary, select Availably details of Now, On a specific date or Don’t make available.
  8. Click on Publish.
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  9. The recording will be published to your course in Echo360 Active Learning Platform.
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Analytics

Many of the student interactions with the Echo360 Active Learning Platform are available through the analytics page. The data covers metrics for;

  • Video Views
  • Presentation Slide Views
  • Student Q&A
  • Notes taken (word count)
  • Activities and answers to quizzes and polls.

The various metrics feed into a customisable weight creating an engagement score for each student.

For more information on analytics see;

What do the analytics measure

Student Video Submission

There are 2 ways to facilitate student video submissions. The first method will result in videos being privately shared with convenors to watch. The second method will result in the creation of a publicly accessible link which can use in different ways including emailing, posting in a forum or including in an iLearn assignment submission.

Requirements
  • An iLearn unit with the Active Learning Platform block enabled.
  • Network connection for uploading recording files.
  • The Active Learning Platform does not provide recording software to students or any means to create the original recording. The actual recording will have to be done by other means outside of the Active Learning Platform.

Method 1 – Student uploading and sharing video with a convenor

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Upload as a student

  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 the convenor and click SHARE.

View as a Convenor

  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 select ‘Shared with me’
  5. Videos uploaded and shared by students will appear and can be played by clicking on the thumbnail. The video can also be downloaded from the menu on each video thumbnail.

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

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Upload as a student

  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 the convenor such as a forum (for other students to view) or in an assignment submission (for formal grading) or emailed.

View as another student or convenor

  1. The convenor or other students receive the URL by methods arranged by convenor (forum, email, assignment submission etc).
  2. Click the link to watch the video.
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