Echo360 as a Module Item

Filed in Miscellaneous by on August 29, 2019

Did you know there is a way to post individual videos in Canvas modules and see who has watched them?

Echo360 has an analytics tab on the top menu of your course section. Here, you can get information according to student or video activity. But to collect this kind of information you have to follow a special procedure which I am about to unveil.


The secret is to add that module item as an External Tool. So here’s how it’s done.

First click on the plus sign above the module in which you’d like to add the video.


Then Canvas asks you what kind of module item you want. Select External Tool.


Click Add Item.

Now, you’ll go back to your modules and find the Echo360 Class Capture module item. Click on it.


To tell the system which of your Echo360 videos to add, you go through a 2-step process.

First we select the course (aka section) to which the video belongs.



Scroll down.

Now we get to step 2. Here, select Link to a Classroom.

You may be thinking, “A Classroom?”

Yes. A Classroom. (Echo360 thinks of videos as being like classrooms.)

So you select Link to a Classroom and then you select the video that you want. I’ve selected “Echo360 – Sharing a video to Canvas”, which is a video I made. Click Link Content.


The last step is to go back to your Canvas module and give the module item a proper name by editing the item details. Click update.


When you go back to your module, you’ll see the Echo360 video there, properly named, and you will be collecting information on which students have “watched” it.

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Sophie Jagannathan is an Instructional Technology Specialist at Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

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