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Wrapping up a teaching activity? Reset the teaching technology

When teaching staff set up for a teaching activity, they expect the teaching technology to be ready to go with its default settings. So, at the end of any teaching session, it is crucial to reset the audio and visual presentation system for the next member of staff.

For example, this will reduce the number of unsuccessful Echo360 recordings caused by muted microphones.

This is quick and easy to do on the AMX touch panel.

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To reset the technology, do the following:

1. Touch the ‘Power Off’ button

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2. If you wish to hurry the process along, touch the ‘Power Off Now’ button. Or let the countdown to finish.

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3. Once reset, the middle of the touch panel will look like this:

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Remember, Echo360 recording only takes place if it has been requested, booked in and confirmed, in advance. There is no audio recording to access later, if this has not been done.

For more information, here is a short video on using the AMX touch panel to control the technology in a teaching space.

Echo360 Project: Lecture capture

Echo360, the current lecture capture solution used to record lectures and provide access to video content, will no longer be supported after 2017. A project to replace Echo360 has been approved.

We have chosen to move to Echo360 Active Learning Platform (ALP), the new product from our current vendor. This option will require the least change for users. ALP is a cloud based service that has the advantage of removing the current performance issues with local storage and playback of video files. We anticipate that there will be an impact on internet traffic, but are confident that the network infrastructure will be able to provide a quality service. ALP will be fully integrated with Learn and Syllabus +.

We will be expanding the number of lecture theatres equipped with lecture capture hardware as part of the project, due to growing demand.

The new system will be in place for start of 2018 and we will be running a small pilot later in 2017.

If you have any questions or concerns please contact the e-Learning Support, Audio Visual Services or IT Project Manager, Emma de Lacey.