A Note on Terminology: This article, along with many throughout the online help, uses the term "video" to refer to some media. Know that wherever "video" is used, the information and procedures provided also apply to any audio-only files you may have. Interactive media (video/audio with embedded polls) are referred to specifically where applicable.
A Poll is a reusable question that can be added to media to request a response from the viewer.
Interactive media is what results when you add a poll to a video. The poll "gates" the playback of the video, so that the student cannot continue viewing until they respond to the poll.
Click on a video in your library to open the Media Details page, then select Add Poll as shown in the below figure.
After embedding one or more polls into the video, clicking Save creates a new piece of media that is now an Interactive Media type. The original video remains unchanged. This lets you continue to use the video in other applications, or replace it with the new interactive media if appropriate.
Tips For Adding Polls to a Video
While CREATING a piece of interactive media is fairly straightforward, there are a few things you should know to avoid issues, and to be able to use your new media seamlessly.
Edit the video first
You cannot use the Echo360 video editor to edit interactive media. If the video needs to be edited for use as interactive media, you MUST edit the video BEFORE you add polls to it. This is due to a variety of limitations, but is primarily due to the fact that each poll in the interactive media has a timestamp, indicating its location in playback. If you edit the video portion, those timestamps are no long accurate. Furthermore, editing a video sends it back through the media processor in Echo360; the media processor has no knowledge of polls.
You may notice on your interactive media that the "edit media" option is grayed out. Editing interactive media means editing the polls embedded in the video. Add more, remove some, edit the polling questions themselves. So to edit the interactive media, you select Edit Polls. This is a little confusing the first few times you approach it. "Why is Edit Media not available! I want to edit my interactive media!"
Just understand that interactive media is a new type of media, that is not video or poll but a combination of the two and as such has different rules about using it.
Place the video playhead before you add the poll
When adding a poll to a video, there are a few limitations:
- You cannot place the poll in the intro or outro section (if the video has either).
- You cannot place two polls in the same location of the video; they must have timestamps of at least one second difference
When you select to add a poll to a video (by creating one or adding one from your library) the default is to place that polling question at the current location of the video playhead. So the easiest way to add one in the location you want is to play or scrub the video to the location you want, then pause, then add the poll. The timestamp box for the poll allows you to tweak this location if you didn't pause at the exact place you wanted.
Once added, click play again, then pause, then embed your next poll.
A few more tips include:
- If the video has an intro clip but must START with a poll, play the video to the end of the intro, pause, then add the poll.
- If the video has an outro clip but must END with a poll, play the video to near the end but before the outro clip, pause, then add the poll.
- If you want two or more polls together, add the first one, click play to the next second, then pause and add the next one. Polls simply need to be offset by at least one second from each other. But you can have as many polls as you like strung together for several seconds if needed.
Rename the new piece of media
The new piece of interactive media will have the same name as the video/audio you selected to embed polls into. For this reason, you may want to click the tile menu and select Edit Details to rename the media to indicate that this is the interactive media version of this item and as such contains embedded polls.
The interactive media you create has a different icon indicator to show that this is not just a video or audio file. But renaming also helps. The below figure shows an ad hoc capture turned into a piece of interactive media, with the new name as well as the interactive media icon visible on the media tile.
Limitations of Interactive Media
Only for authenticated users
Students will be able to view your interactive media from the Class list, through authenticated share links, or embeds in your LMS/VLE. Be advised however that in order to embed interactive media into your LMS/VLE, your administrator will need to have UPDATED the plugin or building block for the Echo360 easy-embed button to provide "authenticated" views of embedded media.
The reason for this limitation is that we cannot allocate student responses to a poll unless we know who is responding. So the viewer of the media needs to be authenticated in Echo360 (which happens in the background when they click play).
If you are not sure if your Echo embed button has been updated, you can ask your administrator. OR...create a piece of interactive media, then attempt to embed the media into an LMS/VLE content window. If the Library media listing includes "interactive media", as shown in the below figure, then these are authenticated video embeds and you can embed interactive media.
If you do not have this option, ask your administrator to please upgrade the Echo360 embed tool for your LMS/VLE.
Students Can Submit Each Response One Time
Unlike the activity slides in presentation slide decks, students will NOT be given the opportunity to change their response once it has been submitted. This is because the video is gated on receiving a response, and once one is submitted, the video is open to viewing. Allowing students to CHANGE their submission bypasses the purpose of the gating.
After a student responds, they are shown their answer along with the Correct answer if one is identified for this polling question. If Feedback has been provided for the poll, they will see that below their response. Students also see a Continue button that allows them to continue playback of the media.
Viewing Student Responses to Embedded Polls
For all Interactive Media, you can view the responses from the course Polling tab, or from the Polling tab of the Media Details page. From either place, you can select the LMS/VLE or Echo360 course where the item is published, and then select which poll's responses you want to view. In addition, both polling response locations provide the option to download student responses to a CSV file.
The below figure shows the Polling tab in the media details page.