Sophie Jagannathan

Sophie Jagannathan is the Educational Media Coordinator at Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

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Echo360 Analytics from Module Videos

Filed in Announcements by on September 5, 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 the video in a module as it’s own module item, like the picture below, and then choose the module item type as External Tool. Here’s how it’s done.

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

 

Canvas asks “What kind of module item do you want to create?” by presenting you with a drop down menu of options. Select External Tool.

 

Click Add Item on the bottom right.

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.

If you have any questions about this or any other topics related to educational video, feel free to email us at atc-ttl@wpi.edu.

 

Adding an Echo360 Video to a Canvas Module

Filed in Announcements by on September 5, 2019

Let’s say you already have a video posted to Echo360 and you would like to share it in a Canvas module. Here’s what you do.

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.

Step 1. Select the course (aka section) to which the video belongs.

 

 

Scroll down.

Step 2. 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.

If you have any questions about this or any other topics related to educational video, feel free to email us at atc-ttl@wpi.edu.

 

Let’s Use Universal Capture!

Filed in Announcements by on September 4, 2019

Greetings, Lecture Capturing Faculty and Staff!

With the sunsetting of Echo360’s Personal Capture (it will no longer be supported as of December 31, 2019), it’s time to start getting to know its replacement: Universal Capture.

To download Universal Capture, visit the Echo360 section of your Canvas site.

 

You’ll see the downloads option from the drop down menu. Select it. Now, you can download the installer for Universal Capture for the platform of your choice.

 

Once installed, you can open the program. It will ask you to login – a process which takes you through the Echo360 login portal to the WPI authentication system. Once logged in, you’ll be advised that your browser is about to switch applications. Click Yes.

Now, you’ll be taken to your Echo360 Universal Capture instance. Why do I say instance? There are two big differences between PCAP and Universal Capture. The first is that Universal Capture is deployed from the internet. Echo360 is working on an offline capture mode. But until they get there, you’ll need an internet connection to use Universal Capture.

So before you start recording, you’ll fill in some capture details. Here, on the top left of the interface, you’ll see a place to add a name to your capture. It will say, “Untitled”. Click in this area. This is where you add “Capture Details”.

In this form you can decide where you want your video to go once you’re done recording it. The second big difference between Universal Capture and Personal Capture is that videos are uploaded upon completion of the recording. They are not stored on your hard drive. So in the “Publish To” field, you can select to publish it directly to your course site or to your library. If you choose to publish to your library, see this link for info on how to connect the file from your library to your course site.

Now that you’ve set up the meta-data and the upload location of your file, it’s time to start recording. The recording interface looks like the below.

You’ll need a microphone connected into your system. The display windows show whatever computer monitors or webcams are detected by the software.

Many people choose to record both a camera video of themselves, especially for introduction videos, and their screen, while some choose to record just the computer screen while they narrate/annotate. There are lots of creative options for you!

If you have any questions about Universal Capture, please email atc-ttl@wpi.edu

 

Uploading and Using Studio Videos

Filed in Announcements by on September 4, 2019

Hello Producers of Educational Media!

Today we’re going to talk about how to use Canvas Studio to store your video files and then share them in modules. What is Studio? It’s a repository for your videos. You can store video files there and you can also use an accompanying tool to record new ones.

But this post is just about storing and then sharing your video.

To begin with, we must first upload the videos to Studio. To accomplish this we click Studio on the left side menu of your course site. Then click the three blue bars next to your course name.

Clicking on these bars will release a drop down menu, as shown below.

From here, click My Uploads.

 

Now, click the Add button on the right.

 

 

This will open an interface that will allow you to upload your video files.

Once your file(s) is uploaded, you’ll be able to see a thumbnail of the video, like in the picture above. I’ve got three videos there.

Now, the second part of the process is sharing the video in a module.

To insert one of your videos into a module, go to the modules section of your course site.

Find the module to which you want to add your video, and click the plus button to add a module item.

 

Now you’ll get to choose which kind of module item you want. Choose External Tool. Then, from the list of External Tools, choose Studio. Click add item on the bottom right.

 

 

Next you get to choose which video from your collection of Studio videos to add to the module. Hover over the video you want and click “Select This”.

 

Now you get to choose the options you want to bring with the video. Studio offers viewers the chance to post comments at specific time points in the video. It also offers viewers the chance to download the video, if you allow.

 

Once you’re done making your choices, click Embed. This brings you back to the original window for adding an item to the module so you get the chance to reiterate that yes, you wish to Add Item.

 

When you go back to your module, you’ll see that the item is there, titled simply: “Studio”. You’ll want to edit that name and also publish it.

If you have any further questions about adding a Studio video to your module, please email atc-ttl@wpi.edu.

Sharing Echo360 with Link

Filed in Announcements by on August 28, 2019

Hello, Educational Media Producers!

We often get asked the question: How do I post a link to my Echo360 video in a Canvas module?

This post will walk you through the process.

The first thing you do is click the Echo360 button on the left-side menu of your course site. Then click the Echo360 logo on the top left. This brings you to the Echo360 “home”.

Click on My Content, because the interesting thing is that if you don’t “own” the video, you can’t share it with a link.

 

 

Now you can see thumbnails of all the videos that you own. If you hover over the lower right of the thumbnail, a blue box with three dots will appear. Click it. It releases a drop down menu. Select Share.

Now a window pops up that gives you some sharing options. Select link. If you haven’t yet created a link for this video, which I’m assuming you haven’t or you wouldn’t be reading this post, then select Add Link.

Now, click copy and done.

The link is on your clipboard.

Put your seatbelt on – now we’re going back to Canvas.

In your module of choice, add a module item. What kind of item? An External URL.

 

Paste the URL that you copied from Echo360 and give the page a name.

Now you can go back to your Canvas module and you’ll see the module item there. But don’t forget, you have to publish it for people to see it.

I hope these directions on posting a link to your Echo360 video in a Canvas module have been helpful.

If you have any questions, feel free to email us at atc-ttl@wpi.edu.

Adding Canvas Studio Video to a Module

Filed in Announcements by on May 17, 2019

Once you’ve uploaded video to Canvas Studio, you will want to share it with your students.

Videos are shared individually, in modules. This blog post will show you how to add a Studio video into a module.

  1. Add a module item. Find the module to which you want to add your video and click the plus button.

 

2. Choose Module Item Type.

Clicking the plus button brings up a window that is basically asking you to determine what kind of module item you want to add. The kind of module item is External tool.

3. Choose the External Tool.

As soon as you click the external tool item type, your external tool options appear. Choose Studio. Then click Add Item.

4. Choose the video.

The next pop up shows you all the videos you’ve uploaded to your Canvas Studio collection.

Select one.

5. Embed the Video.

Once you select the video you want, you’ll be able to Embed the video by clicking the Embed button on the bottom right.

 

You’ll notice the embed options. You can either keep the comments enabled or disable them with the “Allow Comments” toggle switch.

6. Confirm Add Item.

Now that you’ve selected the kind of external tool item and picked your video, click Add Item again. This moves the video into your module as an item.

But wait – there’s more. It moves it into your module with the name of the External Tool type. You’ll want to edit that module item and give it a new name – the name of your video.

7. Rename the Module Item. 

Click the column of three dots and choose edit.

 

Here, you can input a new name for the video. Click update.

 

8. Publish!

Lastly, don’t forget to publish the video by clicking the circle to the right with the line through it and making it green!

If you have any questions about sharing your video using Canvas Studio, feel free to email atc-ttl@wpi.edu.

Canvas Studio: Recording and Sharing

Filed in Announcements by on April 26, 2019

Interested in recording instructional video for your students? Canvas has a built in tool for doing just that. It’s called Studio.

If you click on the Studio button on the left hand menu of your course site, you’ll be taken to the “home” page for the videos that are or will be associated with your course.

Before you record, I always tell people to click on the three blue lines on the top left.

 

Why? Because clicking on these three blue lines next to your course title releases a drop-down menu. In this menu, you’ll find MyUploads. Click it.

MyUploads is the home for all the videos that belong to you – not just the ones affiliated with this particular course. It just seems easier to keep track of your videos from one home site. So I recommend navigating to MyUploads first.

Once you’re in MyUploads, you can record. You’ll notice that the top right has the Record, Add and Search buttons.  Record opens up the recording application and Add opens up an upload window into which you can drop video files.

 

Canvas Studio is useful for creating screen captures (videos of you narrating a powerpoint, for example). It also has a drawing feature, in case you need to write equations while you talk.

When you’re done, choose to upload or cancel the recording. Once uploaded, you can share these videos out to students via modules or pages. Videos aren’t available in clusters, like they are in other applications. Videos have to be shared individually as you build modules or pages.

To share a Studio video via a module, first click on Modules on the left side menu in Canvas. Then you can add a module item. The type of module item you want is External Tool.

Once associated with a module or page, you can see who has watched the video and when. These heatmaps give you interesting information about your video and the viewing patterns it generated.

If you have any questions about using Canvas Studio to create videos for your course, please email atc-ttl@wpi.edu.

Below are some helpful links to get you started.

Creating new videos

How to Upload Videos

How to record new webcam video

How to record new screen capture video

How to edit your videos

How to add captions

Sharing and embedding in Canvas

How to get public link or share video

How to use Studio through Rich Content Editor

How to embed Studio video in Canvas

Using Canvas to collaborate, create and grade Assignments

How to add video comments or replies

How to manage video comments in Canvas

How to add an Studio video assignment in Canvas

How to grade Studio video assignments

For Students

How to submit an Studio video as a Text Entry assignment

How to submit an Studio video as a File Upload assignment

Video Sharing: From Powerpoint to Canvas

Filed in Announcements by on April 8, 2019

Since narrating Powerpoint files is a common way to create videos for courses, this blog post will illustrate two workflows for how to do this and then share with your students.

The Production Stage: Powerpoint

The first step is to create your slide presentation in Powerpoint.

Then, when you’re ready to record, click on “slide show” and then “record slide show”. If you are creating the video for the first time, select the option to record from the beginning.

Powerpoint will give you a three second countdown and then you may begin narrating your presentation. On the top left you’ll see the recording controls, and at the bottom you’ll see tools like the pen and highlighter. Your markings will be recorded.

You’ll see I underlined the word “video” – which was the best I could do since my circles are rather squiggly.

One you’re done, click on the stop button.

If you need to re-record over a certain slide but don’t want to re-record the entire presentation, you can choose to record from the current slide. This will replace the audio that currently is stored there with new audio.

Now that you’ve recorded your slide show presentation, save it.  Next, we’ll prep it for sharing by exporting it as a video.

The Sharing Stage

To create a video file from your recorded narration, go to the file menu and choose Export. Then choose “Create a Video”.

This creates a video file. Now, you have three choices. You can upload the video file to Echo360, to Canvas Studio, or to Ensemble.  From any one of these video platforms, your video can be connected to Canvas.

I’m going to go through the steps for sharing the video via Echo360 and then also for Canvas Studio. Why choose one over the other? Well, you might choose to use Echo360 as your video liaison if you use WPI’s lecture capturing service, or if you already are an Echo360 user. Or, you might choose Canvas Studio if you want a system that integrates easily with Canvas and allows for comments and questions.

Sharing with Echo360

Here are the steps for sharing your file with students using Echo360. Remember, these are for videos that you’ve produced through Powerpoint or some other production system.

First, login to Canvas. Navigate to your course. Now, click on Echo360 on the left menu.

From here, click on the Echo360 logo on the top left.

This brings you to your Echo360 “home” page. From here, you can upload the video.

 

But wait – there’s more! This uploads the video to your Echo360 library. That’s great – but it doesn’t mean that the students can see it. To enable the students to see it, you must remember your rules of kindergarten and SHARE it with them.

Once the video has finished processing in Echo360, click on All Content on the left side menu. This will show you thumbnails of all the videos of which you are the owner. Hover over the video you want to share and then click the blue box on the bottom right of the thumbnail.

This releases a drop-down menu. Choose share. When you click on share, you’ll see options to share to an individual, generate links or share with a class.

 

 

To create a link that you can post as an External URL content item in a module in Canvas, choose links.

 

And that, in a nutshell, is the Powerpoint to Canvas pipeline via Echo360.

Sharing with Canvas Studio

To share your video through Canvas Studio, first click on the Canvas Studio button on your Canvas site.

 

 

This brings you into your repository for all the videos you have already created or added to Canvas Studio, which is a video content management/creation system embedded in Canvas. Here, you’ll see the ability to add a  video.

 

Once the video is uploaded to your Studio repository, you can insert it into a module by following these steps.

In the modules section, add an External Tool item into a module. You’ll see the option to add an Studio item.

Click Add Item. A window opens showing you your Studio video collection. From here, select the video you want. Decide if you want students to be able to leave comments at specific points in the video. And then click Embed.

 

And that is how you move video from Powerpoint to Canvas via Arc!

I hope this blog post has been helpful in teaching you how to create a video from your Powerpoint slide presentation, convert it into a video, and share it with your students.

If you have any questions, or ideas for a future blog post, please email edmedia@wpi.edu.

 

 

 

Your Echo360 Library has a New Look

Filed in Announcements by on January 24, 2019

If you use Echo360 to capture your lectures either from a classroom or from your own computer then you might be familiar with your “personal library” on Echo360. This is a place in the Echo360 “cloud” where all of the videos that you own can be found.

You might even go into the Echo360 personal library from time to time to pick out one of the videos you’re produced in the past and re-deploy it to a current course. You can also upload videos directly to this space.

But now if you attempt to access your Echo360 library through the Canvas integration, you might be somewhat disoriented. Why? The design has changed – slightly.

First, if you access Echo360 through the left side menu in your Canvas course, it looks like the below. You still see a list of your class videos.

 

But to get to your library of videos, now you need to click on the Echo360 logo on the top left (pardon the bumpy circle please) as shown in the image above.

Clicking on the logo gets you to your library, which looks like this:

 

So now you see a thumbnail for all your video content that you’ve accumulated over the years. You can filter this content according to the options on the left. You can also sort it by date and title.

You’ll notice if you click the small blue box on the lower right side, with the three dots, a drop down menu appears. Here, you can do things like share the video to a class or change the name of the video. Explore. But just don’t press delete!

The view option is where you can publish the video to any class for which you are the registered instructor.

You can also create a link that is viewable by the public by clicking on Sharing instead of Publishing.

Don’t forget the upload button! If you create a video file and want to upload it directly to the Echo360 system yourself, you can do so with the blue upload button on the top left.

Then you can share that video accordingly.

So, yes, change is good, change is weird, but in this case it’s mostly good and it makes sense. You can organize you content better with this new design while keeping all of the functionality of the Echo360 personal library that you’re used to.

If you have any questions about Echo360 or lecture capturing in general at WPI, feel free to email me at sburke@wpi.edu.

 

 

 

Downloading the Latest PCAP

Filed in Announcements by on January 9, 2019

At this time of year, many people express interest in recording short videos for their courses. Sometimes they already know how to use Echo360 personal capture (aka PCAP) and sometimes they’ve never used it before. Whatever the situation, the first step for everyone is to download the latest version of the software, if they don’t already have it. This post will cover how to do that.

To begin, go to your Canvas course site.

Click on the Echo360 button on the left side (mine has two – yours will have one).

Now, you’re in the Echo360 platform, within Canvas. It’s kind of like a room inside a room.

At this point, you should see an Echo360 menu ribbon with a gear wheel on the right. When you click on it, a dropdown menu is released. Choose downloads.

 

Voila! Here were have installers for Universal Capture: Personal and Personal Capture. What is Universal Capture? It’s the replacement for Personal Capture. EdMedia@wpi.edu has tested it on a Mac and found it reliable. But the windows version is still in beta. That’s why EdMedia still recommends Personal Capture (PCAP) to everyone first. When it’s time to go to Universal Capture, we’ll let you know.

So for now, just choose the flavor of PCAP you want, Windows or Mac, and install.

Happy Capturing! As always, if you have any questions about the topic of this blog, or about educational media in general, email atc-ttl@wpi.edu.