UMass Boston provides UMB faculty, students, and staff with access to Echo 360.
Overview and Key Features of Echo 360
- Instructors and departments can easily record classroom lectures, meetings, speeches, and other events with the Echo360 system
- Users can record any combination of audio, video, and what is on the computer screen and easily publish the recordings to the Web with Echo360’s automated features.
- Integrated uploading allows users to publish to the UMB Echo 360 server and Blackboard. there are flexible publishing options such as rich media for Web, MP3, QuickTime, streaming video.
- Editable recordings – edit your recording easily within Echo 360, before or after publishing.
- The recording and publishing process is simplified with Echo 360. It works with internal microphones and webcams, as well as external peripherals (microphones, webcams, digital video recorders, etc.).
- Users can record the contents of the computer screen to include anything that is showing during a presentation (e.g., Power Point slides).
- For scheduled classroom installations, the recordings automatically begin and end at designated times.
- Archived classroom recordings provide valuable review materials for your students.
Echo 360 Technical Requirements
- Echo360 software installed on your computer
- Microphone (for audio capture) Webcam or inbuilt camera (for video capture)
- Set of headphones
- Appropriate server settings in the software for publishing captures to the Echo 360 server
Classroom Capture (C-Cap) and Personal Capture ( P-Cap)
- If you are teaching in an Echo 360 equipped classroom your lectures can be automatically scheduled and recorded. There are a number of classrooms on campus already equipped with Echo360 Classroom Capture.
- P-Cap allows you to make a recording at your leisure, on a personal computer or laptop. It allows you the same functionality as C-Cap. The main difference is that you can create the recording whenever you would like. To use P-Cap you will need to request it by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Echo 360 Provides Opportunities for teaching activities such as:
- Just in time’ material and tutorials
- Short messages, e.g. welcome to a course
- Answers to frequently asked questions
- Weekly summaries of key messages and preparation for the coming week
- Guest speaker captures
- Screen capture explaining specialized software
- Learning modules to supplement complex concepts, e.g. summaries complex concepts in ways that are engaging for students, that could replace pages of text
To aid in “flipping the classroom” learning and teaching models
- Mini lectures produced weekly to augment (or replace) face-to-face lectures
- Captured files need to be short: 1-5 minutes is recommended, 10 minutes maximum.
- If using a webcam, make sure you look at the camera, keep your head still and use facial expressions and hand gestures, ensuring that you remain in frame.
If not using a web cam, include a photo of yourself in the presentation to personalize the capture file.
- Speak at a moderate to slow speed, but with expression.
- Write your script and rehearse before you record your captures.
- Give an introduction to the viewer that includes a synopsis of the capture, including the benefits of watching the capture / what they will gain by getting to the end / why they need to know what you are about to present.
- Don’t over talk – use brief, short clear explanations.
- Ensure all images and content are copyright free for educational use, or that copyright permission has been granted.
- If using presentation software (e.g. PowerPoint) – ensure images and graphics are high quality and can be seen in low-resolution captures, and they are copyright compliant.
- Ensure presentation slides are succinct, tidy and aren’t wordy.
- On presentation slides, use no more than 5 words across and 5 rows down. Text size should be a minimum 24-point font.
- For software demonstrations, move mouse slowly over the screen and take your time hovering over buttons before clicking on them.
Benefits of Echo 360
- Easy alternative for students who miss class to review class content prior to next class session.
- Increased flexibility for students with a variety of study practices and learning styles to review class content at their own pace, therefore improving retention of material.
- Opportunity to extend your “class time” with students and increase interactive activities during class through the use of pre-recorded content on specific topics – ex. Flipping the Classroom.
- Classroom Engagement – Active learning has been proven to improve outcomes.
- Echo 360 helps students interact more with content, their instructor and their peers- before, during and after class.
- The interactions include taking notes, asking questions, reviewing lectures, building study guides, flagging confusing content or discussing topic with peers.
- Student Response/Poling – Echo 360 makes it easy to incorporate multiple types of polling questions into instruction and see or even share the results to foster conversation and reinforce difficult concepts.
- Flipped Classroom – Flipping the classroom creates more time for applied learning, group work and discussion, and student demonstrations in class in addition to allowing students to review materials 24/7.
- Interactive Learning Experience – With Echo 360, remote students get the same interactive learning experience as their peers sitting in the classroom. Instructions can leverage their recorded content and extend their reach through online or blended programs.
Pedagogical values of using Echo 360
- Review with students the reasons why you are using lecture capture. It is important they understand the pedagogical values of using this technology.
- Discuss the details of when the recordings will be available, how they access them, who will have access, etc.
- Talk with students about how they should use the lecture recordings to improve their own learning.
- Create activities that require students to engage with the recorded content and others in the class to achieve deeper understanding of material.
- Repeat student questions to make sure it is captured in recording.
What Students like about Echo 360
- Recordings, or captures, are published to the Echo 360 server and made available to students via the Echo Centre link within Blackboard courses.
- Lecture Captures provide an easy way to distribute content to students in a reusable format that students can view in their own time, take notes, pause and re-watch.
Enhance your teaching classroom activities
Appropriate copyright permissions must be granted for copyright materials such as images or videos, shown in your Captures.