Sophie Jagannathan

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

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Embedding Video in Canvas Pages

Filed in Announcements by on February 4, 2020

If you want to embed your course videos into a Canvas page, you have three options. WPI currently uses Echo360, Studio and Ensemble as video storage and creation solutions, and each offers different benefits.

This post shows how to use each of those tools to embed video in a Canvas page. We will start with Echo360, then cover Studio and then Ensemble.

The first step is to create a new page in Canvas.

 

Once you’ve done that, you’ll notice a rich content editor with a bar of options up top. On the bottom row you’ll see icons representing things you can insert into a page.  The image below points to the icon for Echo360.

 

 

Before you click on this or any other button that allows you to insert things into your Canvas page, you might want to lay out your text first. I did this while testing for this blog post and I felt like it was the least confusing way to go.

 

Then I just moved the cursor in the space where I wanted to embed stuff.

So let’s start with adding an Echo360 button. After you click on the Echo360 logo in the rich editor bar, you’ll be presented with your Echo360 library. You can search for an select the video you want.

 

 

Then you get to choose among size options and even where you want the player to start (maybe you sneezed for the first 7 seconds. You can start playback post-sneezes).

 

 

The result looks like this:

But what if you’ve got a bunch of videos in Canvas Studio? Here’s how you embed a Canvas Studio video into a page.

First select the chevron from the rich media editor bar.

 

Then select Studio. This will bring up your collection of videos.

 

Select the one you want and choose embed.

 

 

Studio gives you the ability to enable a download option. This is handy for those students who may be separated from wifi for a while and need to download your video to watch in an airport or something.

The result of the Studio embed looks like this:

 

Now, the final option – but not the least of them – is using Ensemble.  I have to say I was really excited by all the options offered by the Ensemble embedding tool. So let’s delve in!

Let’s say you have your videos up on the media server, which we also call Ensemble. In this case, you’d want to embed your video using the Ensemble option.

 

 

 

Click Ensemble Video. This brings up your library of videos. Choose the one you want to embed.

 

 

 

From here, Ensemble asks: do you want to include this video in the page as an embedded player? Or just a link? If you choose embedded player, you get a list of options like whether to allow downloads. If you choose link, the thumbnail links to the media server, from which it plays. What’s the benefit? You get to see which of your students has watched the video. 🙂

 

 

If you choose video player, you get to choose size plus many other options.

 

The result in the page, for either choosing to post as a link or as the embedded player, looks like the below. Note the red arrow pointing to the download button when you chose to embed the video with a player in the page.

 

 

If you want to take a look at the Canvas page we used for testing, click the image or the link below.

 

https://wpi.instructure.com/courses/9197/pages/embed-buttons-test

 

If you have any questions about embedding your video in a Canvas page, please email atc-ttl@wpi.edu.

 

Uploading Videos to Echo360 and Sharing

Filed in Announcements by on January 30, 2020
This blog show you how to use Echo360 to upload and then share your videos. You don’t need to use Echo360’s recording tools to upload video to the platform. If you have a video file and want to share it, follow these directions.
First, click on the Echo360 button on the left side menu of the Canvas course site. You’ll then have access to the Echo360 platform by clicking on the small Echo360 logo on the upper left.
Once you’ve clicked on that small Echo360 logo, you’ll be in the Echo360 system and land on your user library. You’ll see the upload button here. You can use it to upload your video. Once the video is there, if you hover over the video you’ll see a blue box with three dots on the bottom right. This will release a drop down menu, from which you can select share.
From the share options, select links. You can add a new link. And then copy it. You can share this link as long as the button for public link is toggled on.
If you have any questions about this process of uploading to Echo360 and then sharing, please email atc-ttl@wpi.edu.

Student Projects with Echo360 Universal Capture

Filed in Announcements by on January 23, 2020

This post explains how to use download Echo360 Universal Capture, how to record with it, and how to share a link to the recording.

Downloading Universal Capture

The first step is to click Echo360 on the left side menu-bar of the Canvas site. Once you do this, you’ll see a gear wheel on the top right. It releases a drop down menu. Select Downloads.


From here, select the Universal Capture: Personal installer appropriate for your platform.

 

Once installed, open the program from your desktop. You’ll notice you’ll be asked to login. Click on it and you’ll be taken to the internet to pass through the WPI authentication system.

 

Using Universal Capture to Record

Once the program knows who you are, you’ll be given the opportunity to edit capture details. Do this first, before you start to record.

 

 

You will want to name the capture here and designate where it goes. It should go to your Library. More on that later.

 

 

Now that you’ve done this, you’re ready to record. Choose the inputs from the drop-down menus above the display windows and make sure your audio meter is fluctuating. Give it a test. You can even give it a test recording for 30 seconds to make sure all is well.  To record, all you have to do is press the red button. The interface will minimize and you can pull up your Powerpoint or whatever you are using to present your content.

 

 

Using Echo360 to Share Your Video

When you’re done recording, go to your Canvas course site. Click on the Echo360 button on the left.

 

Now click on the Echo360 icon on the top left.

 

Once you do that you’ll be taken to your Echo360 library. Click on All Content.

 

If you sort by date you’ll see the most recent video you recorded.

Once your video is uploaded and processed, hovering over the video you want to share makes a blue square with three dots appear in the bottom right. Click on Share.

 

 

It’s going to ask you how you want to share, and you can select Links from the top menu.

If no links have been added yet,  you can add a link. Make sure the toggle for public access is on, and then copy the link. It is this link you can share with your professor.

 

 

If you have any questions about recording your student project with Echo360 Universal Capture and sharing it with your professor, please email atc-ttl@wpi.edu.

 

Class Capture has a New Look

Filed in Announcements by on January 10, 2020

The next time you login to Echo360 class capture on a WPI podium computer, you may be surprised.

 

Once you log in, you’ll see that Echo360 Class Capture has a new look! Echo360 merged their classroom capture product and their personal capture product into a product called Universal Capture. So that’s why, when you’re lecture capturing in a classroom, things will look different. But, rest assured, the functionality is the same. A class is captured and the video is connected to your Canvas site.

Once you’re logged in, on the top left you’ll see the name of the scheduled capture and on the top right you’ll see your name.


The timeline elapses as the bottom, as usual, and the recording controls are there for you to use should you need to. The plus sign on the bottom right enables you to add pre-defined chunks of time to your capture.

So the next time you log in to Class Capture to monitor or control your lecture capture, don’t be alarmed! It’s just the evolution of the lecture capture software, and everything is proceeding smoothly.

If you have any questions about Echo360 lecture capture or any other educational video issues, feel free to email us at atc-ttl@wpi.edu.

Happy Capturing!

Sharing Echo360 via the LTI

Filed in Announcements by on November 6, 2019

There are a lot of benefits from sharing a video from your Echo360 library to a course. The video populates in the Echo360 section of your Canvas site – which can be accessed via the left side button. You can create a collection of course videos here and students can download the videos they want.

 

To publish a video from your collection on the Echo360, first click on the blue box on the lower right of the thumbnail of the video you want.

Select share.

Content tile menu with Edit option for title and description identified for steps as described

Then click the Class tab
Share Settings modal with Class tab identified and selected as described

Use the course drop-down list at the top of the modal to select the course where you want to share this media.

Use the term and section drop-down lists (which become active after selecting a course) to select the term and section where you want to share the media. (Note: if you haven’t informed atc-ttl@wpi.edu, your course may not be available. Please contact Sophie specifically to let her know that you need a course set up in the back end of Echo360.)

Share to class modal with course, term, and section selections identified for steps as described
Create a new class to “hold” this media. Echo360 thinks of the videos as classes – so here, I just enter the video’s title.

While there are availability options you can choose, I usually tell people to just make it available now. That seems easiest.

When finished, scroll to the bottom of the Sharing modal and click Share.

  1. NOTE: If the Share button is not active, review the fields in the modal and be sure you have completed all the necessary items.
  2. Repeat the above steps to share to a different course.

The content now appears for the selected (or created) class on the Class List page for the course. If you created a new class to hold the content and the class has no date, your new class appears at the bottom of the class list by default. You can reorder the class list and change its location if necessary.

Much of this post was taken from the Echo360 support site.

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

Adding Video to a Canvas Module at WPI

Filed in Announcements by on September 18, 2019

Canvas, WPI’s learning management system, has a way of organizing your information in topic or temporal segments called modules. Some instructors like to group their information by topic. Some instructors have a module per week of class. My test site – EdM – has modules by topic.

You can add a video as an item type within a module by first clicking on the plus button on the top right of the module.

See these links below to learn how to add Echo360, Studio and Ensemble videos to Canvas modules.

Sharing in a Module: Echo360

Sharing in a Module: Studio

Sharing in a Module: Ensemble

Adding an Ensemble Video to a Module

Filed in Announcements by on September 18, 2019

If you are using Ensemble as the content management system for your videos, you can add an Ensemble video as a module item in Canvas with these instructions.

First, click on the plus sign on the top right of a module to add a module item.

 

Then, choose External Tool as the module item type. Click on Ensemble Video and then Add Item in the bottom right.

From here, you’ll need to login with your WPI credentials to access Ensemble.

Now, navigate to the library which has your videos, then choose the video you want to add.

At this point, you have the opportunity to add some media embed options.

This is where you can choose the size of the player frame and also decide whether you want viewers to be able to download your media, among other options. When you’ve chosen your options, click save.

Then you go back to the link resource window and confirm that you want to save your choices for this particular video.

At this point, you can go back to your module and see the module item there. Publish it when you’re ready to share it with your students!

 

If you have any questions about sharing an Ensemble video in a Canvas module as it’s own module item, please email atc-ttl@wpi.edu.

 

 

 

 

 

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: Echo360 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