Sophie Jagannathan

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

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Uploading Videos to Echo360 and Sharing

Filed in Announcements, Share by on January 30, 2020

You can use Echo360 to store videos that you’ve created through other mechanisms, like Zoom, Camtasia, iMovie, etc.

Once uploaded to Echo360, the files are stored in your personal library for you to share with students in a variety of ways. This post will cover three of the most popular.

Uploading a Video File
Sharing with a Link
Sharing in a Course Relevant Collection
Sharing in a Canvas Page

Uploading a Video File

You don’t need to use Echo360’s recording tools to upload a 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. Then click Create in the top menu as shown below. Next, click upload media.
When you click on Upload Media you’ll be prompted to select the video file you want to upload and then save it to Echo360. Once the uploading process is done, the video will be in your Echo360 library. You can access it by clicking on the library tab, as shown below.
The library shows a thumbnail sketch of all the videos you own on the Echo360 system, plus any that have been shared with you by someone else

Sharing with a Link

Once your video has been uploaded, if you hover over the thumbnail 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.

Sharing with a Link

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 in Canvas, you can share this link in a module. When you add an item to a module, choose external URL as the item type.


Sharing as a Collection through the Echo360 button

To share the video as part of a collection of videos for your class, in the share settings window, choose to share with a class.

Use the course drop-down list at the top of the modal to select the course to which 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 atc-ttl@wpi.edu to let us know that you need a course set up in the back end of Echo360.)

The next step is to select a New Class to “hold” this media. The word “Class”, in this case, means something like a folder.

To name the “class”, 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.

Sharing in a Canvas Page

In Canvas, create a new page.

You’ll notice on the top menu bar an icon with the Echo360 logo. The arrow points to it, below.

 

 

Once you click the Echo360 embed button, your library holdings populate in the picker window. Choose the video that you want to embed in the page.

 

The embedded video looks like this.

 

 

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, Featured Tools 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.

 

Let’s Use Universal Capture!

Filed in Announcements, Create, Featured Tools by on September 4, 2019

Greetings, WPI faculty and students!

Many of us don’t want to use a classroom to record our lectures. Instead, we want to record from the privacy of our own homes or offices.

In this post, we’ll dive into the software that will enable you to do just that: Echo360 Universal Capture – personal.

The first step is to access the software. To do that, go to your course website in Canvas.

You’ll notice the Echo360 button on the left-side menu of your Canvas course site. Click it. This brings you to the Echo360 section of your Canvas site. From here, you can see the Create button on the top ribbon, as shown in the image below.

 

 

 

Clicking on the Create button releases a drop down menu. Select New Capture.

Now, if you don’t already have Echo360 Universal Capture installed, you can choose to download the installer for the platform you’re on. Once it’s downloaded, you’re onto the next step.

 

 

 

If you do already have the application installed, the system will request permission to open it.

 

 

Now, once Echo360 Universal Capture is open, you’ll see your name on the top right. (If you don’t, you’ll see “Log in” and you can follow the prompts to do so.)

 

 

Before you start recording, you’ll need to fill in some capture details. On the top left of the interface, you’ll see Edit capture details.

 

 

In Capture Details, you’ll name your video. You’ll also decide where you want your video to go once you’re done recording it.

In the “Publish To” field, you can select to publish – aka share – it directly to your course site or to your personal library on the Echo360 cloud.

If you choose to publish your recording to a course, it will populate into the Echo360 section of your Canvas site. If you select “Library” the capture won’t be available for your students until you manually share it to the course site. Note also the select box for Live Stream – it won’t be available if you select “Library”. You have to chose a course to publish the video to in order to make the Live Stream selection box available.

If you choose to stream your capture live, students can access it from the Echo360 section of your Canvas website.

 

 

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 an audio source – either an internal microphone or an external microphone. The display windows show whatever computer monitors or webcams are detected by the software. Most people choose to show their computer display on the left and their webcam image – if any – on the right.

Once you press record, the interface will minimize and you’ll be able to maximize your Powerpoint or whatever it is that you want to record.

Many people choose to record both a camera video of themselves, especially for introduction videos, and their screen. 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 Sophie Jagannathan at sburke@wpi.edu.

 

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.

 

 

 

Engaging Viewers During a Live Stream

Filed in Announcements, Create, Featured Tools by on August 24, 2018

WPI had more than 6500 lectures recorded over the past year, at least 3600 of which streamed live.

Live streaming is one way to share your classroom lectures with students who may be remote. This is particularly helpful for online instructors whose students may be all over the world. It also helps instructors whose students are at home, watching the lecture in their pajamas.

In today’s world, it’s not enough to simply deliver lecture content: best practices call for engagement. One way to make this happen is through the Q/A tool in Echo360.

Echo360 is the lecture capture system in use at WPI. It’s deployed in multiple classrooms on campus and can be used as a media creation tool from instructor’s personal computers. But live streaming only happens from classrooms at WPI.

To access a live stream, students log in to their Canvas site. They click on the Echo360 button on the left-side menu and then navigate to the day’s class. A class that’s streaming live will be designated by a green “LIVE” button, as shown below.

Once a student has joined the stream, they can access the Q/A tool on the top of the player window. It looks like a thought bubble with a plus sign.

 

Adjunct Teaching Professor Christopher Wood, of Fire Protection Engineering, has been utilizing the Q/A tool for several years. Wood teaches both online and face to face sections of courses.

“I don’t generally have a lot of students physically in class, so I look to get ‘live’ feedback about my teaching with regards to whether I’m successfully communicating my intended message,” he wrote in an email interview. “Having the online students comment or ask questions helps get that live feedback so I can address it while I’m still capturing the class.”

Wood started to use question/answer interaction tools while streaming in order to build more community. The Q/A tool in Echo360 compliments the way he uses the discussion board in Canvas.

“I think it’s very easy for online students to feel isolated and I want to break that down as much as possible,” he wrote.

 

To use the tool, professors and students can click on the bubble + icon, as shown in the picture above. A text entry window opens on the right of the video stream.

Live participation, in radio or tv, typically involves a screener who decides whether a question or comment is fit to go out live. While the Q/A tool has no such function, Wood has never had any problems with inappropriate questions or answers.

According to Wood, if a student were to post something inappropriate he would simply shut off the projector in the room, thereby disabling the visual part of the stream.

“I don’t think this is too much of an issue,” he wrote. “but again, I’ve never had the problem and wouldn’t avoid doing this (Q/A  tool) just because of that minimal risk.”

For more information about using the Q/A tool during your live stream, email edmedia@wpi.edu.

The Art of the Chunk

Filed in Announcements by on July 31, 2018

When recording an educational video, we know how to click the record button. But how do we know when to click stop? WPI’s instructional designer Caitlin Keller is here to offer guidance on when enough content is enough.

“As the average person can only hold 4 – 7 bits of knowledge in working memory at a given time, it is important to break new material down into chunks that are digestible,” she says.

Beth Wilson, Adjunct Teaching Professor for WPI’s Corporate and Professional Education, adheres to Keller’s advice. Wilson purposely makes her videos chunky by keeping them to less than 10 minutes.

“I have to really convince myself that the material can’t be condensed or partitioned to run over,” Wilson says.

Wilson, who teaches Computer Science and Systems Engineering, creates an average of 4 videos per module for each course. “I could read an hour course overview, but I think the sections help the students digest the pieces better,” she says.

Keller agrees. “The act of chunking video is a great step in helping students stay focused on specific content,” she says.

Brent French, Professor of Organizational Science at The Business School, says that for him, 20 minutes is a “sweet spot.”

“Over the past six years I’ve taught (about) 35 sections of graduate students with professional experience, and 20 minutes of presentation seems to coincide with what they are used to in a workplace setting.  For undergraduates who are accustomed to longer lectures, 20 minutes might be too short, but for working professionals 20 minutes fits.”

One trick that helps keep videos to a digestible duration is writing a script. In her Online Faculty Institute, Keller advocates for script writing as a part of pre-production planning for curricular content that is delivered via video.

Wilson, a former student of Keller’s, found this technique particularly helpful. Wilson was initially interested in this technique as a way to make her videos hearing accessible. Students could download the script if they could not listen to the audio.

But in addition to accessibility, Wilson found that creating a script helped her stay on track. “When I write a script, I am less likely to detour on a story that is fascinating but irrelevant,” she states.

In 2014, researchers at MIT analyzed data from 2.5 million EdX video viewing sessions. The analysis showed that students were the most engaged with videos of 2.5 minutes in duration. At WPI, educational videos range from about two minutes to three hours, with the instructional design and technology team encouraging the shorter end of the range.

But length is not the ultimate determinant of a video’s efficacy.

“I judge the quality of my videos by how well the students do on the related assessment,” writes Wilson. French echoes that thought. “If they watch videos it’s apparent in their work on papers and exams,” he states.

For information on how to create and share educational videos at WPI, feel free to contact the Academic Technology Center’s Technology for Teaching and Learning Group at atc-ttl@wpi.edu.

Helpful Resources for Educational Media at WPI

Filed in Announcements by on August 29, 2017

Greetings, Educational Video Producers at WPI!

Here is a list of blog pages and a wiki site that might help you in your media production endeavors.

Viewing and downloading videos in Canvas

Viewing + downloading Echo360 videos in Canvas

Lecture Capturing – Getting Started
https://wp.wpi.edu/edmedia/2017/08/03/lecture-capturing-getting-started/

Choosing how to display your videos in Canvas
https://wp.wpi.edu/edmedia/2017/01/30/allclasses-vs-link/

Wiki for Educational Media workflows in Echo360, PCAP and Ensemble
https://wiki.wpi.edu/edmedia/Index

At WPI we primarily use Echo360 and Ensemble to create and share videos, although other options are available. Feel free to email edmedia@wpi.edu to ask any questions or make suggestions.

 

 

Lecture Capturing – Getting Started

Filed in Announcements by on August 3, 2017

Lecture capturing is a service offered through the Academic Technology Center at WPI. While the word “capturing” connotes active pursuit, it’s really somewhat passive. It just means having your lecture recorded.  This post explains how it’s done here at WPI.

When you “capture” a lecture, you can record the graphics, video and audio that are associated with your lecture. You can capture your lectures in a WPI classroom or remotely, via software.

If you’re in a lecture-capture enabled classroom (list below) you’ll be able to capture whatever is sourced through to the projector screen. Some WPI classrooms have two projectors. If that’s the case for your classroom, please make sure that whatever you want captured by the system is sourced through to the right projector on the podium control panel.

The video component of the capture comes from the ceiling-mounted camera. It’s a non-adjustable wide shot. It features the instructor and the podium and some space on either side.

Can your viewers see what you’ve written on the chalkboard or whiteboard? No. They can’t. The image is too wide for that. If you feel that your writing is necessary to share with students, you can use the document camera in the room and source that to the projector. Then your writing will be recorded on the capture.

Currently, WPI has 26 locations on campus with the capability to record lectures. Here is a list:

WPI Main Campus
Atwater Kent 116
Atwater Kent 219
Atwater Kent 233
Fuller Labs, Lower Perrault
Fuller Labs, Upper Perrault
Fuller Labs, room 320
Goddard Hall, room 227
Higgins Labs, room 031
Higgins Labs, room 116
Higgins Labs, room 202
Higgins Labs, room 218
Kaven Hall, room 116
Kaven Hall, room 202 (display only)
Olin Hall, room 107
Olin Hall, room 109
Olin Hall, room 218
Olin Hall, room 223
Salisbury Labs, room 104
Salisbury Labs, room 115
Salisbury Labs, room 305
Salisbury Labs, room 411
Stratton Hall, room 106
Stratton Hall, room 202
Stratton Hall, room 308
Washburn Shops, room 229
Washburn Shops, room 323

Gateway Park
50 Prescott St. (Gateway II): room 1226
60 Prescott St. (Gateway I): room 1002

Like all classrooms on campus, the rooms listed above have their own computers. If you prefer to use your own, you may bring in your laptop. Most classrooms have an HDMI cable that can be connected to your laptop. To enable your laptop to be recorded, make sure to route the HDMI connection into the appropriate projector. This way your laptop will display into the room and via the recording for students to watch later.

Once you know you want to record your lectures you should make sure that your course is meeting in one of the rooms listed above.

Then, the next step is to fill out the form located below. This form collects the information we need to get the system set up for you. For instance, on the basis of your form we can know what kind of microphones are available for you to use in the room you are in. If you plan on being a repeated capturer of lectures, you might want to bookmark it.

http://www.wpi.edu/+echorequest

Whether you are recording from a classroom or from the privacy of your office or home, you still need to fill out the form above. Once the Academic Technology Center receives your information, we will talk to you about next steps.

If you have any questions about getting started with lecture capturing at WPI, please let us know by emailing atc-ttl@wpi.edu.

Announcing the EdMedia CoP

Filed in Announcements by on March 23, 2017

We have so many users with so many different questions about how to get videos to students that we thought it’s time to get everyone together. That’s why we’re convening the EdMedia Community of Practice here at WPI.

The EdMedia COP (with no law enforcement capabilities, I assure you 😉 ) will be a forum for educators and staff who need to capture educational content and send it out as video. We’ll explore how this happens and answer any questions that arise.

We hope you can join us!

EdMedia Community of Practice

March 30, 2017

11 – 12pm

Mid-Century Room, Campus Center, WPI

As always, if you have any questions email edmedia@wpi.edu.

Choosing how to display your videos in Canvas

Filed in Announcements by on January 30, 2017

In my last post, I discussed how students and instructors access the course videos in Canvas.

echo360-canvas1To sum it up, the videos can be accessed from the Echo360 Class Capture menu item, shown in the picture here.

By clicking on this item you get into the collection of videos you have recorded or uploaded to your course.

But what if you wanted to show the videos in another place on your Canvas site? Like in a module?

You have two options.

One is that you can share a public link. The other is that you can embed the video. This post will walk you through how to do both.


First, here’s how you create a public link. From within Canvas, click on the green button on the row of the video of your choice.

Choose details.

details

 

This brings you to the player window. Just below the video window, you can see the Sharing tab. Click on it.

sharing

This is where you can find the options to generate a public link or embed code. Click “Add Public Link” to create the public link. Click in the public link field to copy it to your clipboard.

 

publiclink-embedcode

Click on embed to generate the embed code. Then click on copy.

 

embed

To display either the public link or the embed code in Canvas, you can add it to a page in a module or just a page. You can create a new page for it or edit an already existing page. Once you’re in a page, click on HTML editor.

html-editor-in-page

From here, you can paste the embed code. Then click save and publish.

publish-embed-code

You can add add the public link for the Echo360 just by pasting it into the page in the rich content editor. You can see below I’ve done both.


embed-public-link-final-page


 

And why would you want to embed video versus sharing a public link?

Caitlin Keller, Instructional Designer at WPI, wrote: “I tend to push for embedding onto a content page simply because it helps with workflow within the module.” However, she notes, “any set up is really a case-by-case scenario.”

One difference between embedding video and sharing a public link is that embedded videos are shown in a smaller player window. So if you want your video to be played from a larger player, then you can share the link. Clicking on the link will open up a new tab in the browser and the video will display at the size of your browser window.

Word of warning – if you choose to share your videos within modules, also make sure the Echo360 app is connected on your site. Why? Because students may want to download the videos. They can’t download the videos from the public links or the embedded player, but they can download the videos when accessing them through the Echo360 app.

If you have any questions about displaying your course videos in your course site, feel free to email edmedia@wpi.edu.