Tag Archives: Echo360

Ready for Semester 1?

With the start of the semester only a few days away, what do I need to consider, before walking into a teaching space?

It could be one I have used before, or a new one to me.

Use the links below to LEARN, with teaching staff log in.

Upgraded teaching spaces

A number of spaces have been upgraded and enlarged over the summer period. Some building names have even changed.

There may be new lecterns, controls, annotation monitors, and microphones.

It may be worth viewing spaces well before teaching, rather than being surprised on the day.

Windows 10

We now have Windows 10 installed in Resident PCs – the PC in teaching space lecterns.

Common mistakes

It is easy to forget simple things, in the rush to get in and get started. And when finishing up.

Lecture capture

The new Echo360 has been in place since late last year. And more teaching spaces than ever, now have lecture capture installed.

Noting there is no backup, or just-in-case capture taking place. Semi-automated lecture capture only takes place in installed spaces, if requested and confirmed in advance. Consider this well in advance, for Semester 2.

Dealing with fire and emergencies

When teaching, be prepared for those rare situations.

Support

This can be requested though a quick web form on Assyst Self Service, selecting Services on the left, and then the provider.

All the best for your first teaching activity.

Have you updated your Echo360 links in LEARN?

At the end of 2017, Echo360 was upgraded to a new cloud-based system. All historical course recordings were transferred, and 2018 lecture capture requests are scheduled into the new system.

The old Echo360 system will be decommissioned at the end of March. Before this happens, it is important that teaching staff:

  • Check that all requested historical course recordings have successfully transferred.
  • Update old Echolinks to individual recordings, with links to those recordings now in the new system.

Instructions on updating EchoLinks can be found at Echo360 Help: Managing Recordings

Echo360 can be accessed from the Course Recordings block on LEARN course pages.If any historical lecture recordings are missing or not working correctly, a working copy can usually be transferred from the old system. This needs to be done before the old system is decommissioned.

New Echo360 familiarisation

Before Semester 1, interactive sessions are now available in mid-February. For more information and registration, go to http://canterbury.libcal.com/calendar/tst/

Any questions, or training requests, can be sent to e-Learning Support via Assyst Self Service.

Are any of your courses recorded?

The system used for lecture capture is changing on Monday 20 November 2017.

An updated version of Echo360 is coming. It includes:

  • An improved look
  • New features, to benefit both teaching staff and students
  • A new system working in the background

How did the trial go?

We thank the teaching staff of the six courses trialing the new Echo360 this semester. Their survey found their opinion of the system, and the support provided, to be overwhelmingly positive.

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The student survey reported a high proportion finding it easy to use, and having an overall positive experience with it. This included accessing course recordings from a variety of locations, internet connections and devices.

How do I get started?

For teaching staff, starter familiarisation sessions are coming up in early November. They are on the Library calendar system, LibCal for booking.

There is concise guidance on Learn for using the new system.

A one-page summary of the changes is also there.

How can course recordings be transferred?

Course recordings will be stored differently. They have to be requested to be transferred, if needed. This would be if recordings are used each year, over and over.

Past course recordings will be on the old system for a limited time. Fill in a quick web form on Assyst to request a transfer.

Ngā mihi,

e-Learning Support and Audio Visual Services.

Using a teaching space? Consider your colleagues after you

With controls for sound, visuals and lighting at our fingertips during teaching activities, remember when finishing up, to reset the system.

It’s quick and simple. Create a habit, to do so, as soon as you finish.

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Reset by firmly pressing the power off button on the AMX Touch Panel.

This quickly restarts it, with sound, visual and lighting settings at their expected default levels.

Not resetting impacts the next users – your colleagues.

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If your colleagues have lecture capture programmed, they want to know that the microphones are actually picking up sound.

The visuals recorded are of little use without sound, when someone else has muted a microphone.

There is also no audio recording magically taking place either, without the Echo360 hardware installed… and a request, booking and the confirmation of lecture capture, in advance.

So, think of your colleagues: Reset your tech and put your microphone back correctly.