When you click a Course tile from the Courses page, you end up on the Class List. Or there may be a link from your LMS/VLE course into Echo that points directly to the Class List.
The Class List is, as its name would imply, is the list of classes in a course. Typically they have a name and a date. By default, the classes are usually listed in chronological order, though instructors and teaching assistants can change the class order if they want to.
If media is published to a class, the class has an Icon for the type of media it is: video/audio, presentation, or interactive media. The above figure has different classes containing all three types of media.
Clicking ON a class in the list opens the classroom to view the media and monitor or participate in classroom discussions.
A Green dot to the left of the class Name, shown for the LIVE Ad Hoc Capture class in the above figure, and indicated for the non-live class in the figure below, means that the class is happening now (the current date/time is the same as the scheduled class' date/time). Students who enter the class during class time are given 100% attendance for this class in the course analytics.
Interpreting the Media Icons for Classes
The Media icons you may see are shown in the class list in the above figure, and described in the following table.
|Icon||What it is/indicates|
Green Icons indicate this media is available in the class for students to view.
The left "Play button" icon is for video/audio media.
The right "Presentation screen" icon on the right is for presentations/slide deck.
The box with the checkmark indicates interactive media. This is video media that has polling questions embedded into it. These questions will appear during viewing and require you to respond in order to continue viewing the video.
As with the other media icons, green indicates the media is available for students; dark gray indicates the media is there but not available for students to view for reasons described below.
A LIGHT gray video icon indicates a "placeholder" for an upcoming scheduled recording. Since the capture schedule needs to have this spot to put the completed recording, you cannot use this slot for any other video. After the recording is done, you may be able to remove or replace the video.
A BLUE PLUS icon allows you to add media to this class. When shown WITH a video icon, the blue plus allows you to add a presentation to the class, to accompany the future recording. If shown alone for a class, you can add a video, a presentation, or a piece of interactive media.
DARK GRAY icons indicate that there is media in the class, but it is NOT available for students. Why might this be?
When media is indicated as "unavailable", students do NOT have any indication that this class contains that media; they do not see a corresponding icon.
The LIVE badge indicates that this class is or will be streamed lived for viewing in real-time.
If the badge is green, that means the class is happening right now, and if students enter the classroom, they will be able to view the live stream. This is shown for the Ad Hoc Capture class in the figure at the top of this page.
If the badge is gray, this indicates a future class that is scheduled to be streamed live. Students who enter the class during class time, you will be able to see the live stream.
To the right of the class date (if it has one) and the class media icons, there is a "discussion" bubble and a number. This indicates how many discussion or Q&A posts have been entered into the Discussions panel for this class.
Clicking this icon opens the Q&A tab for the course, with the posts for this class showing.
Indicators for color blind or low-sighted users
If you cannot see or discern the media icon color, don't worry!
For LIGHT GRAY icons that indicate future schedule captures, highlighting or hovering your mouse over the icon provides a popup that states "Scheduled capture is not yet available." In addition, clicking on the icon does NOT render a menu of options, as you would see for existent media.
Clicking ON any GREEN or DARK GRAY media icon will open a menu for that media. The FIRST thing noted below the media thumbnail and name is "Available" or "Unavailable". Use this indicator (via sight or screen reader) if you are not sure of the availability of any class media. The media icon menu is shown below, in the figure in the Media Icon Menu section.
For LIVE badged classes, those occurring right now are also accompanied by a dot to the left of the class. If the class has both a LIVE badge and a dot, that class is currently happening, and the live stream can be viewed right now in the classroom.
Media Icon Menu
From the class list, you can click ON a media icon to open a popup menu for it, as shown in the below figure.
The options for class published media are discussed in Managing Media in Classrooms.
Instructors generally have full control of their class list and the media shared to the classes. Teaching Assistants can also control the class list, the media in the classes, and other aspects of the section, under the direction of the Instructor.
Searching and Sorting the Class List
At the top of the class list are a Search feature and a Reorder button to help find and organize the classes in your course.
Enter text into the Search box to find classes with matching criteria. The Class list search will attempt to match Date, Class Name, or Class Description (if there is one) to the entered text.
Use the Reorder button to (obviously) change the order of the Class List. Students will see any reordering changes you make, though they can temporarily re-sort the list chronologically for themselves if needed.
- You can Sort the class list entirely by Date, in either ascending (oldest first) or descending (newest first) order. Note that classes without a time/date will be listed at the top or bottom of these sorts depending on which you selected.
- You can also click and drag classes around in the list, placing them in the order you choose.
Adding Classes and Class Groups
The New Class Group and New Class buttons at the top allow you to manually create new, empty classes to hold additional media for your students. You can also create groups of classes to organize them by date or topic or type of class (e.g., lecture, lab, open discussion time). See Managing Classes in Your Course for more overview information and links to other help articles.
Class Groups provide a container for like-topic classes to be grouped together. This is particularly useful if you have supplemental videos or presentations that are associated with a lecture. Create a new class to hold the additional material, then drag all the relevant classes together into the class group.
The figure below shows a Class Group called "Automated Testing Classes" in the class list. The group has been expanded to show the classes within it.